Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Review - Timecrimes (2007 - Dir. Nacho Vigalondo)

The DVD cover looks really cheap, creepy and disturbing with a red image of a bandaged man holding a pair of scissors in menacing fashion. Timecrimes however, is a perfect example of why not to judge a book by its cover, as it is cleverer and more subtle than most low budget, Spanish sci-fi extravaganzas.

All the fun starts when our hero Hector (Karra Elejalde) spots a naked lady on a hill behind his new country house and salivates up the hill to investigate. From that point onwards Hector is thrown into a world of time travel fuelled mayhem involving bandages, scissors, time travel baths, golf buggies and nondescript Spanish actors. Bizarrely, it all works brilliantly in a Groundhog Day meets The Sleeper meets Eldorado (the soap opera) kind of way.

Hector is the star of the show with a loveable, middle-aged mix of paunch, bald head and sweatiness. Questions need to be asked however, about his treatment of the hairdresser on the hill, where for some reason he descends into Lupin the Third territory. Surely he could just make her wave and shout help? Maybe he would have stayed in his deckchair if that was the case.   

The film does make you think, but not too hard. It's definitely clever, well scripted and a fun experience. If you like down to earth, achievable time travel shenanigans on a budget then this will prove an ideal experience.

If you like this you could also try:
Cube, Triangle, Open Your Eyes.

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