Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes)

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Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.



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An ordinary guy takes an extraordinary step through time in this science fiction thriller. Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a few days in the countryside with his girlfriend, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he sees something that catches his attention while playing with his binoculars. Looking at a nearby house near a wooded area, Hector spies a beautiful woman taking her clothes off, and decides to take a stroll and give her a closer look. However, when he arrives at the house several minutes later, the woman is lying in the grass and appears to either be dead or passed out. As Hector examines her, he's attacked by a strange man and flees on foot. Hector seeks refuge in a building that turns out to be a research facility owned by a mysterious scientist (Nacho Vigalondo), who gives him a place to hide inside a futuristic closet. However, Hector realizes it was actually a time-travel machine when he emerges a few minutes later and looks out the window to see himself standing over the unconscious woman in the distance. Los Cronocrimenes (aka Timecrimes) was the first feature film from writer and director Nacho Vigalondo, who also appears as the scientist.

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Critic Reviews for Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes)

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  • Very cool.

    Mar 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The key here is to keep things moving without letting the logical (or illogical) complications weigh down the action, and [director] Vigalondo does this well.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • An enterprising Spanish time-travel thriller, that's light on DeLoreans and lightning bolts, but heavy on fiendish cross-currents of temporal interaction.

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • Fiendishly convoluted and stylishly crafted, Time Crime is a low-budget sci-fi thriller from Spain that ably demonstrates the value of a neat idea, cleverly executed.

    Feb 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The director operates his metaphysical contraption with enough wit to jolt away your skepticism.

    Jan 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The modest satisfactions of Timecrimes come down to a protagonist divided against himself.

    Jan 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes)

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Timecrimes is a delightfully odd film. The time loops have such accidental, spontaneous, and mysterious qualities that keep one wondering. This is a definite must see for lovers of the time travel sub-genre of sci-fi.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2013
    Los Cronocrímenes is a marvellous gem about time-travel, it is filled with little surprises. An hour has never been so long.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2013
    Silly Spanish time-travel movie that is too predictable for it's own good.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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