The choice of font and grindhouse effects aren't great. I didn't personally think the music was that appropriate either since it's too consistently lively and not really dynamic enough. Nevertheless, what's there is well-tweaked to coincide with certain visual cues. The narrative has generally been trimmed effectively and mostly functions well in this short format. However, it became unclear what the motives were for what transpires at the end, which also felt rushed. I have seen and liked the original film, but can't recall all the details. Overall, this is a decent alternative to the original film, but as another user has said, the original should be watched first.
This short takes the first two runs in Timecrimes and aggressively cuts them down, whilst discarding all original audio in favour of a well chosen score that keeps the tension high. A very well done edit. It's impressive how much of the film Neglify has gotten into only 12 minutes.
Before watching this edit, I strongly recommend having seen the original first, it's an excellent film and this edit spoils one of the main reveals.
From the DVD, Neglify Shorts Vol 1, and the Time Travel Consecution. This was from Timecrimes, a Spanish film I was unfamiliar with. From reading IMDB, I got the feeling Neg hugged the original plot tightly while shearing away an incredible amount of time.
Video: MPEG 720 X 480p. Bit of damage on this, deliberately done. I usually don’t like scratches or grain, specifically in recent films or movies I have seen because the results look sloppy and amateurish. I didn’t know this film, however, so I was completely fooled into thinking this was a cheap 70s production. I laughed when I realized my false assumption later. Well done.
Audio: 2 Channel AC3, 192 Kbps. One of the best/worst music tracks I have heard. The edgy, skittering violin makes one feel like they’re trapped in a room full of mosquitoes and crawly bugs. Selected music performs slight of hand distraction as it is so irritating one does not focus on jump cuts or any of the “laboratory bits.”
Enjoyment: End of the day, I appreciated more than enjoyed this. I chuckled at the end, but I had figured out what was going on and who was what. Thankfully, this was only 13 minutes instead of the original 92 minutes.
Nevertheless, for me, this was funnier than I expected and I laughed out loud a couple of times.
This is magnificent stuff. In choosing to remove all non-music soundtrack elements, Neglify has managed to nonetheless craft a short that's extremely unsettling and very effective. The narrative thread is clear and quite straightforward to follow in broad strokes, and by focusing on The Man's struggle to understand what's happening around him Neglify we get a better understanding of his confusion and fear.
The music was a *perfect* choice, and Neglify deserves a great deal of credit for the time and effort it must have taken to synchronise so many of the events in the short to suitable cues in the music.
Visually it's great - I don't have any special fondness for grindhouse visuals, but they are neither intrusive nor extreme here and mainly add the feel of an old European horror VHS.
This reminds me of the time I went out for nachos and woke up naked in Uzbekistan and all I wanted to do was go home and saw something in the hotel lobby mirror and tried to put my hand through the looking glass and ended up smacking myself in the back of the head and afterwards lost my ability to do math and never made it home 'cause look i'm still there.