Los Cronocrímenes aka Timecrimes (2007) – 7/10 time-travel thriller movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Karra Elejalde: Héctor
Candela Fernández: Clara
Bárbara Goenaga: La Chica en el Bosque
Nacho Vigalondo: El Joven
Ion Inciarte: Héctor Ocasional

Los Cronocrímenes aka Timecrimes (2007)

Héctor spots an attractive young woman taking her top off in a nearby wood and, while his wife nips out to get something for dinner, goes to see if he can get a better look. When he does stumble upon her, she is naked (result) but unconscious (uh-oh) and he is then attacked by a man with his face concealed by a pink bandage. Running for his life, he comes across a building with some sort of experimentation going on and a large machine in which the surprisingly compliant solitary scientist insists on hiding him. When he climbs out of the machine, it’s the previous day.


Addictively scripted and grippingly directed time travel thriller which suffers from paradoxes spinning around in the audience’s mind during the movie. After is fine; during is less than perfect. What the filmmaker tries to do with time travel movies is distract you from the paradoxes. The first two Terminator movies, Back to the Future parts one and three and Twelve Monkeys are the prime Hollywood examples of the best of the subgenre but this tight, intriguing entry shows you can produce a terrific time travel movie without elaborate special effects and other baubles and science-fiction tropes.

This movie contains non-sexual female nudity, violence, unpleasant and very gory scenes

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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