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This review is from: Timecrimes [DVD] (DVD)
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.