Timecrimes

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Released 2007

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Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes in Spanish) is a Spanish science fiction thriller from 2007 that was written and directed by Nacho Nigalondo. Héctor (Kara Elejalde) is enjoying a day at home with his wife, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he notices a woman undressing in the forest through his binoculars. When he goes to check out what's happening, Héctor finds the woman naked and unconscious but, before he can help her, he is attacked by a man whose head is wrapped by pink bandages. Héctor fleas the scene and finds a seemingly abandoned house and laboratory. He finds a walkie-talkie and talks to a man on the other end (Nacho Vigalondo) who tells him that the bandaged man is coming and that Héctor should make his way to the man's laboratory to hide. The man shuts Héctor in a giant vat filled with liquid, claiming it will be a good place to hide out. When Héctor emerges, he finds that he has time traveled an hour or so into the past. As Héctor struggles to understand the theories behind time travel so that he can get his second self to meet up with his first self without realizing what is going on, he begins to delve deeper and deeper into his own mind. Will Héctor break the never-ending time travel spell, or will he be stuck with the last hour on repeat forever?moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The Spanish writer and director Nacho Vigalondo has audacity to spare. Constructing a looping, economical plot and directing like a fire marshal in a flaming building, he conjures ...

  • 70

    Variety Jonathan Holland

    Timecrimes welds a B-movie plotline to precision-engineered writing and a down-to-earth style; add an engagingly sloppy, nonplussed hero, who remains unfazed by the time-bending sc...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Only half as clever as it thinks and even less entertaining.

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