Timecrimes (2007) by Nacho Vigalondo, also called Los Cronocrimenes is a Spanish science fiction and thriller piece that is honestly a brilliant and absolutely engaging movie. Despite the low budget production and the few elements of glitz and glamour as with all of the other films, the action and fantasy was not reduced nor affected at all. For some reason, the film felt very realistic, personal, and easy to digest, as it was simple in its own charming way, and I generally felt that it was seemingly a lot easier to connect to such a humble production like this. The complexity of the story line allowed me to find myself on the edge of my seat for a lot of the time that I was viewing and watching the film.
As with all other time traveling plots and narratives, certain gaps in their story line will always be inevitable. However, I think this just leaves more room and space for the imagination to run wild and to fill in the spaces ourselves. I also really found myself appreciating the fact that it shed light on the consequences of time traveling and not just the whole thrill of it, as it makes it easier to connect with and wrap our head around. It also helps how there were certain little pockets of humour and wittiness injected into some of the scenes, perfectly timed and allows space to breathe after all of the mystery, twists, turns, and intrigue. Hector’s journey through time and space was entertaining to say the least, as he struggled to find his way to the end of the time loop, all in the graces of grief, patience, and humor.
At this point in time, I personally find that European cinema seems to hold this special charm of how it always subtly finds an intricate, fascinating way to keep its audiences and viewers engaged: always allowing them to feel as if they are part of the film itself, be it through breaking the fourth wall or leaving your mind boggled with millions of questions, it really makes the genre a lot more special and distinguishable from traditional American or Western film. I have said this before in an earlier review, but European films often find ways to disturb you, in a good way, and leaves you hanging and wanting more. I appreciate the complexity of the genre’s films, and Timecrimes is just one of the many perfect examples of it. This film found a way to make coherent a complex and complicated story line, and made sure that its audiences are still actively using their imagination in filling in certain gaps of the story, and allowed us to think critically and to put ourselves in the shoes of the main character, Hector, as he navigates his way through dealing with the time loop that he was frustratingly stuck in. I would genuinely recommend this to friends and colleagues who are looking to begin their European cinema viewing experience, as this would be a good kick start.