had fun with the idea of paradoxes and multiple copies of the same person.
The story follows everyday Joe Schmoe, Hector, as he creeps around his new digs with a pair of binoculars (who doesn’t right?). Upon doing so, he sees a woman undressing, so naturally, he goes to investigate. Once there, he starts get followed by some creep in bandages (that for some reason are described as pink, despite the fact it is obviously white bandages that have some blood stains) who stabs him in the shoulder. This leads him to take shelter in a strange silo like building (after a positively ridiculous slow motion run chase scene that has to be seen to believed) where a scientist “hides” him in a machine. This turns out to have sent him back in time.
There are lots of twists and turns along the way as Hector tries to stop his former selves. In fact, one of the interesting things (to me at least) was that Hector seems to gain different personality traits as the movie goes along (this may just be one of those “B” movie type things, but who cares – the actor owns it). The movie also gains quite a bit of steam and confusion as it goes, to the point you aren’t really sure which is Hector 1, Hector 2, Hector 3, or so on, and you expect to see all the Hectors getting together for a world take-over (like a time-traveling Multiple Man?).
I enjoyed this movie, despite all the things that were cheesy or off putting. It obviously didn’t have a huge budget, and the acting isn’t always great. The script at times was laughable (“Your last trip used all the energy!” “Where’s the other battery”), but this also may have been due to translation errors. This film was originally in Spanish, and unfortunately, I had to watch it in English. The dubbing over was not natural at all, and the subtitles didn’t even match with the dubbing… so I may be being slightly unfair here. However, I’ve seen plenty of Godzilla movies with English dubbing, and while that adds to their charm, here it seemed distracting.
there is enough in there in the third act to keep your head for a while.
I’m giving Timecrimes, or Los Cronocrimenes as it would more properly be known, a “B-“.
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