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  • Actors: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo, Juan Inciarte
  • Directors: Nacho Vigalondo
  • Producers: Eduardo Carneros
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hector (Karra Elejalde) has just moved into his dream country home with wife (Candela Fernandez). He is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new home surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage. Fleeing in terror, he takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, where a lone attendant (director Nacho Vigalondo) ushers him in to a peculiar scientific contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events when he inadvertently runs into himself.

Director Nacho Vigalondo was nominated for an Oscar for his live action short film 7.35 in the Morning and Timescrimes is soon to be remade in the English Language, with David Cronenberg mooted as a possible director.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Thomas VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2009
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Once every so often a small-scale film is released that takes a very big idea and creates something that Hollywood could never hope to better. Timecrimes is one of those films.

A simple premise with an "everyman" lead character called Hector who is thrown heedless (or is he?) into a nightmarish spiral of potentially catastrophic paradoxes that threaten his well-being, his family and perhaps his sanity.
The highpoint of all this for me is his "matter-of-fact" way of dealing with the reality of his increasingly desperate situation. He knows what he has to achieve and grudgingly accepts that no-matter-what he must tread that path with its attendant moral consequences.

It's tricky not to say too much and spoil the joy of this film. Suffice to say it involves a time machine (duh!), is relatively funny in a deadpan kind of way and while not quite as mindbending as the wonderful "Primer" manages to address some pretty meaty questions about the time-travel genre. The inevitability of Hector's final decision is exactly the conclusion that many lesser films would hesitate to use thus making it all the more satisfying to see it work so well here.

So a witty time-travel film with real brains that makes you think....and there I was wondering why this wasn't more popular.

Once again the (continental) Europeans show us just how it should be done.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brady Orme VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2009
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So, how do you like your time-travel? A clean-cut, enjoyable thriller a'la "Back To The Future" or "Time After Time", or perhaps something that really makes you think? Film viewers have their Art spoon-fed to them nowadays, by paranoid oligarchs who are terrified that anything perceived as challenging will afford them precious box-office, and God Knows What else.

Hence, if you aren't an Armchair Anarchist, you have to turn to the indies. And what can be more mind-twisting than the concept of time? Think Xeno of Elea, think Star Trek and "The City On The Edge Of Forever", think Quantum Physics. Shane Carruth started the trend back in 2004 with the astonishing "Primer", a film made for no money whatsoever and that relied on a masterful, convoluted script to make people return to it for repeat viewings. After watching it 10 times, I'm still nonplussed about a great many plot points (which I won't go into here, suffice to say you should see "Primer" immediately, or you're a monkey's uncle) which is not something you really have to worry about in regard to Nacho Vigalondo's film. You will understand it, you'll just have to really, really ponder how everything works. Remember that from films of yore? Good. Time to do so again.

Hector is an average Mediterranean type, apparently just moved into the countryside. After spying a naked girl acting strangely from the vantage point of his binoculars he decides to investigate (well, so would you, let's face it). In the process Hector is stabbed by a man in a trenchcoat with pink bandages rolled around his face, a MacGuffin that powers the movies plot from that point onwards... to go on would spoil the film for many, suffice to say that Hector stumbles on an apparent Time Machine that will decide his fate(s) from here on in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caiptean on 28 Dec. 2011
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This is an excellent film that I'll recommend to anyone who likes a good even-paced thriller that keeps you gripped throughout.

Not going to say more about the plot save to say it is really worth watching!

The DVD cover picture may suggest a horror film or level of horror that isn't present so don't be put off by this. What the film does have is an excellent level of suspense with a well-thought out plot. Certainly if you set aside the basic premise of the impossibilities surrounding time-travel, then the remainder of the plot unfolds with a level credibility to often missed in modern films.

I just wonder why I'd never come across it before!
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By Robyn K on 16 April 2014
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Before we even start I have to warn you- this is a Spanish language film and there are English subtitles.

This innovative Science fiction film that centers around the theory of time travel. Hector inadvertently stumbles upon an experimental lab. What happens next is mind-blowing.

This is one of the best time travel films I have ever seen. So many films focus on the fantastic; If you went back in time you would kill Hitler or leave Keanu Reeve letters at the Lake house. Timecrimes is about a poor schmuck who is in the wrong place at the wrong time and just can’t catch a break.

It never answers the question: Which came first the chicken or the egg but you will be running this film over in your head for a long time after.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. K. Dobson on 16 April 2010
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Fantastic, enjoyable, refreshing and very satisfying. Don't try to guess the plot, let the film run and wash over you. I promise you, you will not regret watching this super little film. While it feels somewhat twee and homemade that only helps to draw you in to the story. Stop reading this review and buy it now!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Critic Ali Insane on 13 Sept. 2009
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This intelligent sci-fi flick for the deep thinker is reliant on substance, not CGI enhancements and, needless to say, it's pure class considering the measly budget it took to make it all happen. A brilliant piece of spanish cinema with a noirish morality at its core, breathless pacing and paradoxes aplenty.

One sunny afternoon Hector is in his garden looking through his binoculars when he spots a young beauty stripping-off in the woods, so he decides to investigate but ends up being attacked by someone whose head and face are concealed by wrapped bandages soaked in blood. Hector, frantically escapes from his assailant and breaks into a nearby silo where he finds a technician who suggests hiding in his timemachine, thus starting a bizarre chain of events that put Hector's life in danger and hurtles the viewer into an unnerving thought experiment full of deranged logic. So, in order to escape his present hell, Hector must go back to the past but in doing so, he risks jeopardising his future as the conundrums continue to pile up around him.

Hector is the man and Hector is his game in this sci-fi thriller that handles the theme of causality, with a deja vu style narrative, with the utmost precision. In part, it is reminiscent of the intriguing time travelling saga: The I Inside starring Ryan Phillippe; fans of one should enjoy the other but it won't appeal to the majority of doltish aficionados of the relentlessly churned out souless summer blockbuster dross like: Transformers. The plot is stylishly crafted making the viewing experience utterly compelling. The acting is good and the camera methodically sets the tension never losing its grip on you, the viewer. A must-own flick as multi viewing will never tire. This is one senario that's worth going over again and again and...
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