movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Mmmm, time travel. Thanks for the tip that this exists, Compn.

HAIKU REVIEW: The implications
of traveling back in time
multiple times hurts.

PEOPLE: Written & directed by Nacho Vigalondo, who also appeared in the movie as the “lab guy” who operated the time machine. This is a Spanish film with Spanish actors.

QUIRKS: Time travel. Fate. Multiple instances of the same person.

VISUALS: A poor movie, visually. Fortunately, time travel is more of a cerebral form of fun, than a visual form of fun. They do throw in a pair of boobies just for the hell of it.

MORALS: The past is hard to change.

BAD STUFF: Grainy film. For a 2007 movie, it looks like it was shot in 1985. And our version was dubbed — badly. This actually caused us to abort our viewing before having to try watching it a 2nd time.

CONCLUSION: This started off kind of slow, but by the time we got to “Hector 2”, we were really starting to like it. By the time we got to “Hector 3”, things became more confusing AND started making more sense at the same time. If this seems like a contradiction — it’s because this movie was a real mindfuck!

By the end — everything made perfect sense, yet I was still confused! We had to mentally pour over the details for them to make sense, but it did. Everything adds up. The only thing that doesn’t add up is how the loop in time got started — but even Terminator has those problems. Personally, I think that when a loop in time is created, that the initial cause of the loop no longer exists. It’s a feedback loop of sorts.

RATINGS: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. Maybe it’s only worthy of a 7/10, but… We really like time travel.

I’d probably only rate the first 1/3rd of the movie 3/5 stars, 6/10 on IMDB. But each time travel layer adds to it — by the end, we are dealing with 3 simultaneous layers… And it’s a nice mindfuck!

RECOMMENDATION: Time travel lovers should get over the low-budget foreign-ness of this film and watch it.

SIMILAR MOVIES: I haven’t seen it yet, but Summer Time Travel Blues (Sama Taimumashin Burusu) is said to be much like this movie, except that it’s instead a comedy… from Japan.

And of course… look for a higher-budget remake of this film in 2011. I heard David Croenenburg’s name mentioned, but wont believe that til I hear it.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian and my Dad really liked it. Christian D didn’t like it.

Mood: why am I awake?
Music: The Church – Chromium