So here’s a question; what would you do if your wife had just gone out and you spotted a young woman alone, getting undressed in the woods, a stones throw from you isolated house? Of course you’d go and investigate, be it from concern over the woman’s well being, or your own voyeuristic tendencies. I’d probably even go have a gander myself.
After watching Timecrimes however, I’d run back to my house and lock myself in, knowing that if I allowed myself to get drawn into the tangled web that surrounds any young woman getting undressed in line of sight of me, it would lead to my eventual doom.
Timecrimes is an original take on the time travel genre, one that just about causes your brain to explode from trying to keep up with the mind-bending possibilities. The analogy of the chicken and the egg comes to mind when trying to decide just where this movie begins and ends. The only sure thing is you won’t know what’s going to happen next, as Timecrimes keeps you seriously rooted on the very edge of you seat.
The movie starts out a little weird, with a bizarre and excruciatingly slow start that leaves you wondering what you had gotten yourself in for, especially if, like me, you were expecting a roller coaster ride. But in due course the random naked girl turns up and you know that things are about to get interesting real quick.
The acting is perfect, and the cast of four manage to create a believable reality based on the unbelievable. The unusual situations and the slight quirkiness of one of the characters keeps a degree of lightness to the story, without impacting on the dark themes that run right through this film.
Timecrimes is a brilliant example of how interesting stories on a limited budgets always seem to work as well, if not better than the overly expensive Hollywood style visual candy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence, offensive language and nudity.
Released on: May 20th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2007
Stars: Karra Elejalde
Length (Minutes): 89
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Languages: English, Spanish
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Vigalondo, Nacho