Timecrimes (Los cronocrímenes, Spain, 2007)

Seeing the future... or is it the past?

This is a nicely constructed low tech science fiction time travel story that entwines itself with horror and a horrific moral dilemma. For those familiar with time travel paradox stories, Timecrimes often seems to be treading well trodden water but then twists the narrative in interesting ways.

No spoilers here but I do wonder if it was necessary for the main female character to be naked. It’s not an exploitation movie, though the iconography of the pink-hooded maniac comes from the genre. I think first time writer-director Nacho Vigalondo could have made more of the fact that the protagonist, excellently played by Karra Elejalde, is straying from the path when he spies the topless woman in the woods. However, while the genre elements are satisfying present, the moral aspect is under-played so maybe we’re meant to deduce that Hector’s dilemma(s) are a result of his sexual attention wandering.

What is it with the groceries on the driveway?


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