• Sun. Apr 14th, 2024

Movie Curiosities

The online diary of an aspiring movie nerd

Good, but not nearly the masterpiece I’d been led to believe it was. I mean, the sound design is very good, the direction is great and the plot is crafted with clockwork precision. What’s more, the second act is pretty much a horror movie from the killer’s point of view and I found that watching him set up the jump scares, then deliver them without the requisite movie score jolts was quite refreshing.

Unfortunately, I have a hard time sympathizing with the main character, considering that most of this plot is set into motion by his own stupidity. Another problem is that anyone remotely familiar with Star Trek and/or Back to the Future will be ten steps ahead of Hector throughout most of the running time.

But by far the most egregious error is that the movie deals with its premise in a very superficial way. Only barely does the movie address predestination vs. free will or ask if time travel is worth the effort. The subject of time travel has been covered extensively in science fiction and I kept waiting for the movie to contribute something new, yet it never came.

Put simply, this film aggravates me because it could have been so much more. If the movie had a longer running time, a bigger budget or possibly another character or two, then maybe Nacho Vigalondo could have made a movie with ideas and scope to match the screenwriting and directing prowess shown here.

By Curiosity Inc.

I hold a B.S. in Bioinformatics, the only one from Pacific University's Class of '09. I was the stage-hand-in-chief of my high school drama department and I'm a bass drummer for the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers. I dabble in video games and I'm still pretty good at DDR. My primary hobby is going online for upcoming movie news. I am a movie buff, a movie nerd, whatever you want to call it. Comic books are another hobby, but I'm not talking about Superman or Spider-Man or those books that number in the triple-digits. I'm talking about Watchmen, Preacher, Sandman, etc. Self-contained, dramatic, intellectual stories that couldn't be accomplished in any other medium. I'm a proud son of Oregon, born and raised here. I've been just about everywhere in North and Central America and I love it right here.

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