Timecrimes

The film, Timecrimes, talks about Nacho Vigalondo’s cinematic masterpiece about a time-travel thriller plot that opens with a man name Hector who finds himself eyeing this beautiful women by the woods who happened to be undressing. Once he starts investigating what was happening, he was then stabbed by this man with a pair of scissors whose head was wrapped in blood-drenched bandages. Seeing this, Hector flees the scene and ends up in a science laboratory when a scientist asks him to get inside this weird-looking device which happened to be a time machine. From then on, the upcoming events started to unravel and create chaos to Hector and his wife. The essence of the film was how it pulls you deeper and deeper into each and every scene. It’s like getting stuck in quicksand, the more you move, the more you are swallowed. This is what Hector and the audience felt for each time he climbed into that time machine. For each action, there are several twists that come after it. Slowly but surely, keeping the audience entertained and asking for more. 

After I watched “Timecrimes”, it was very confusing to figure out the timeline of the whole thing. Time-travelling still leaves me confused, as there are different kinds of time-travelling that continue to manifest in several movies. Such as in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione go back in time and save Buckbeak, during that same timeline, there were two pairs of Hermione and Harry. We also are exposed to the kind of time travel that when you undo something in the past, it affects the present, such as in Back to the Future. But with this film, “Timecrimes”, it left me with so many questions that I wanted to ask after the end of the film. Who or what started the loop? Did Hector get arrested? Did the loop close eventually? Did the scientist plan everything? 

Little did I know that, whatever was previewed in the film, stays in the film. There is no point asking whether someone started the loop or not. The reason why we ask this or why we usually think this way is because we see time as very linear. We wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night, then repeat. There is a start and an end. But that did not matter in the film, like many anti-cinema elements, linear is not one of them, and neither was the Hector’s time travelling. In fact, the loop that caused the whole should not have mattered because the loop just seemed to have existed, there was no beginning nor end to it. 

But, what specifically caught my eye in the film is its mix of genre. It can definitely pass off as horror, thriller and science fiction genre at the same time, with small bits of humour that was dotted across it. For a low budget film, it all made sense, there was no need for some heavy machinery or editing to show the brilliance of time travelling. Vigalondo perfectly executed each and every scene and was well thought of. 

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