Timecrimes (aka Los Cronocrímenes) Review
The FilmThe set-up for this Spanish time travelling thriller doesn't sound too ambitious. A middle aged man is sent back in time by all of one hour. No sexy star, no hundred years into the future or past, no lasers, sex machines or Queen Victoria in a carriage. This is obviously a disappointment if you like your sci-fi outlandish or plain wacky, because Timecrimes is about the damage caused by meddling in fractions.
Hector is then faced with the image of his past self with his own wife, and he does his best to make sure that the lost hour goes exactly as it had before so he can rejoin events. Still this proves dangerous and difficult, and he is driven to extremes, and further extremes, to get things back to normal. Events conclude with the innocent harmed and Hector having to live with his future and past sins.
This all delivers a veritable Russian Doll of a thriller that manages some originality on the tired old theme of time travel by resolving to avoid genre cliché. The tension doesn't quite sustain as the story wraps around for the last time and the emotional impact of the final resolution Hector makes with events is left to linger rather than being explored. Still this is entertaining with an admirably normal hero and fast paced enough to not leaving you looking for plot holes or logic lapses.
Transfer and SoundThe transfer has a pleasing filmic appearance with no obvious sharpening of the image or manipulation of edges. This does mean that it can look a little soft but there is excellent contrast and management of the very dark palate of greys, greens and brown/blacks. It could look brighter or more detailed but I am not sure what point that would serve for a film large shot in twilight and near darkness.
Discs and Special FeaturesThis is a single layer release with the sole extra of the trailer. The Spanish release boasts a making of documentary, interviews , deleted scenes, featurettes and some of these extras are on the region one release too, so the haul here is a little pitiful. It is available quite cheaply though and has cleverly designed, easy to use, menus.
SummaryAn interesting attempt to deliver sci-fi that's fresher for its relative normality, and a good transfer to boot.
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