This one really messed with my mind. I think it handled the science fiction elements extremely well. It was very strong up until almost the end, and then a little weak, but then it resolved itself nicely.
(spoiler) Nice screenplay, in a tragic entangled plot, that unfolds quite brilliantly. It is clearly a post-Primer movie, realeased 3 years later, proving once more that a low budget is, if anything, a stimulant of creativity, when it comes to producing sci-fi time travel paradox movies. And there is kind of a horror Z movie tribute in the leading charatcter's persona, which adds to the movie charm.
The low-budget Spanish thriller "Timecrimes" doesn't waste its ingenious plot like so many of today's high-concept blockbusters. It's a suspenseful, practically-mounted, drum-tight film, refreshingly filler-free; yet the characters are so well-realized, the imagery and humor so thoughtfully nightmarish and memorable. A gleefully demented tumble down the rabbit hole, full of B-movie hijinks.
With his debut feature, Vigalondo has created an amusing horror/thriller/farce about a bumbling accidental time traveler who neither understands nor cares about the paradoxes of screwing around with time. "Timecrimes" toys with causal determinism and free will in a darkly humorous package. A welcome addition to the genre.
i've seen like 5 movies exactly like this and it's very basic but weirdly engaging. i would've eaten this up when i was 15 like i did with donnie darko. like a less smug primer. the film treats the young woman like absolute shit though