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hey, look over there!  a time crime!

hey, look over there! a time crime!

This movie is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

R

Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Bárbara Goenaga

Hector: Nobody has our phone number…
Clara: Then what’s the point of having a phone?

Through a series of odd events, Hector (Elejalde) is sent back in time about an hour or so.  The scientist responsible for this tells him everything has to go exactly as it did before or else Hector’s life, as he knows it, might end.  Hector goes to extreme measures to make sure everything works out.

That’s probably not the best plot description, but I don’t really want to give too much of the plot away.  Even though some of it doesn’t seem to make much sense, it’s still a fun experiment in time travel logic.  They at least seemed to work out the plot lines so that there’s no infinite time loops at the end.

I was surprised at how many times I found myself saying, “oooooh, now I see,” throughout the film.  Usually plot twists in time travel movies are very predictable (and maybe these should have been), but I thought this movie took some clever turns.

It’s a very low budget movie, taking place in a house, two buildings, and in the woods, but they use their limited resources well.  It has some nice imagery, exciting moments, and even a dose of humor as Hector gets more and more confused by his time traveling.  There are also some interesting moments where Hector has to make some decisions about taking actions that could save himself but put others at risk.  The more he tries to fix things, the more out of hand it gets, and the darker his character gets.

If you liked sorting out the time traveling stuff in 12 Monkeys, then you’ll probably get a kick out of this movie as well.  Even if there does seem to be one large logical misstep.

Scissors are dangerous…as is time travel.

10 – 1.4 for a few details that seemed like a stretch – 1 for not addressing what’s seemingly a large time travel logic error – .2 because Hector is a little too dense and slow at understanding what’s going on at first = 7.4