C Sound: C+ Extras: C Film: C
another attempt to freshen murder thriller formula, Nacho Vigalongo’s Timecrimes (2007) awkwardly adds a time
machine, travel-back-in-time bit to the murder of a young lady getting naked in
the nearby woods. Though it is desolate
and empty, if she takes her clothes off in any way, someone will be watching
and obviously will want to kill her, so she must die?
Spanish production has some good moments, but they are far and few between as
this fumbles through more situations than it should have. I liked the performances for the most part,
which saved this from being an outright bomb, but the time travel aspect is
limited and works more as a plot device than anything that beings on any
revelations or clever conclusions. For
the very curious only.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is very soft for whatever reason,
including Video Black that can be weak and detail that is a problem. The Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes
are better in Spanish than English, but the Spanish 5.1 is still poor despite
being the best, dialogue-based and only so well recorded. Extras include stills, teaser trailer,
featurette on the make-up, 5 featurettes on an Internet game tie-in, cast/crew
interviews, making of featurette and short film “7:35 de la manana”.
- Nicholas Sheffo