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.
Nowadays "time travel head fuckery" has almost become a genre all of it's own. It allows writers to play with philosophical issues as well as complicated logistics. Timecrimes is a great contribution to this sub genre, managing to take a fresh approach to the subject while asking some uncomfortable questions about free will.
A surprisingly brilliant take on the much loved time travel narrative. Despite a low budget, Timecrimes successfully engrosses you into its complex, but not overwhelming, story for the duration. At first it all seems a bit predictable, yet as the plot unfolds with past and future colliding it becomes a delightfully dark and unique film. It's a slick tale that intrigues and captivates due to spot on pacing.