Timecrimes review

Anyone with even the slightest inkling that there exists a thing called “science fiction” will know that meddling with time travel causes nothing but trouble. And trouble is exactly what the characters get in this neat but mind-bending little Spanish flick.

Although short-term events can be predictable, the twisted arc of the story is, against expectations halfway through the film, anything but. Not to undermine the small cast (whose lead actor is particularly convincing), the script is the real star and careful direction prevents the complex story becoming a complete mess.

Timecrimes (or the much better sounding Los Cronocrimenes) is enjoyable, clever, and humorous but it isn’t for everyone. With a small budget it is rough around the edges but it is all the better for that fact.

4 out of 5

9th Feb 2009