If I were to describe the film with one word, I would say that Timecrimes is best characterized as a paradox. Watching the film, I was weirdly reminded of the mind games, such as chess, that I used to play when I was younger. The plot of the film seduced the minds of the audience as we tried to keep up with the twists and turns of the story line. While in other classes it would rather be inappropriate comparison, Timescrimes was very much like a game of chess, only with more nudity and violence.
The start of the film was a sign of the things to come – it began by showing us a Spanish man named Hector, sitting on the lawn of his vacation house, who spots a lady stripping in the woods. While it is hardly for Hector to decide to investigate this mysterious stripping of a pretty lady in the deep part of the woods, while his wife was only a few steps away inside their house, it serves as an important decision for the film. He was about to participate in the reality that he had already lived in through time travel.
I have always found the topic of time travelling fascinating. Because there are no rules that has been set on such topic, I suppose that every story could have its own unique set of rules. However, there is a common fundamental concept that I perceive to be crucial – consequence of ripping through the fabric of space-time continuum. The reason we don’t get more warnings of this danger, is that travelers into the past tend to do things which unalterably change the future, so that their present no longer exists for them to return to. I love this stuff.
Time travelling has been discussed and explored in numerous attempts. Because the matter of whether time travelling is possible or not has yet to be decided, it is not a surprise to see that the rules of time travelling differ from movie to movie. One common understanding that most of the time travelling genres have in common however, is the “butterfly effect” – there has to be dire consequences when a mere mortal rips the fabric of the space-time continuum. The reason we don’t get more warnings of this danger, you understand, is that travelers into the past tend to do things which change the future, so that their present no longer exists for them to return to.
I was impressed how the film was able to use the elements that were unique to the time travelling genre in relaying its thrilling scenario to the audience. It revealed important scenes in the beginning of the plot and allowed the rest of the plot to take the audience in its journey to solve the presented mysteries. The thrilling death of a stranger on the roof of their house, the bravery mustered to save the woman one of them loves, or the love of all three, was wrapped and packaged in an entertaining way that left the audience searching for understanding even after the credits have rolled.