When people talk about the best, indie time-travel films Primer is the one that most often comes up; well in Timecrimes it has a worth competitor as this fast-paced adventure-horror offers twist and turns at every corner in a realistic (if small scale) portrayal of time-travel.

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A film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years, Timecrimes is a delightful film and a time travel classic. Although the details of how the Time Machine works are not explained in any sort of detail, the events of the film play out in such a natural way that it makes perfect to the audience; besides does the science behind time-travel really matter in a film? The Time Machine looks cool and works and that’s that.

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The film begins with the main character Hector (Karaa Elejalde) arriving home from work and spending time with his wife. It is a standard happy marriage sort of relationship; then when Hector notices something strange in the woods behind his house. Bam. The film changes up and gear and doesn’t change down. From this point the film becomes a fast-paced psychological nightmare as Hector is attacked by a masked figure and runs to the nearest building; a laboratory. Here he is “saved” by a kindly scientist and sent one hour back in time.

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After this the film becomes filled with confusion as we follow “Hector 2” in his attempts to fix the future and restore normality. As soon as the time-travel occurs you feel that you are in for a treat and the film is that. Solidly performed and far from beautiful, the film is technically sound without being great; however it has no need to be when the plot and characters are so strongly represented. Everytime the complicated plot verges on predictability, it throws another curveball into the mix. Making it a fantastic and heart-pumping watch; which will no doubt stick with me for days.

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A simple film with just four characters and limited locations the film does a great job of creating a truly interesting story that makes the audience asks questions, before answering them in a brilliant way.

8/10.

Bonus Video:

The song “Picture This” by Blondie plays a key part in the soundtrack and is a tune.