Sometimes, just sometimes, movie is so good that you actually have to pause it to try to comprehend its complexity, simplicity and finally beauty. Los Cronocrimenes is one of those movies, and since it deals in time travel we have the usual paradoxes, but they’re not so dumb-friendly as in the mainstream movies. The very subject of time travel is so rewarding that I instantly think higher of the movie if it’s about this, of course, in a scientific manner (sexual, milking (giggity) version are not that much rewarding). If we go back in past, lets say a five hours, will we be able meet ourselves and influence the events that are supposed to happen in a certain way? There are a ton of different approaches to this subject that vary from one time-line to infinite time-lines and everything in between. The hard part is to make a movie that actually makes sense, and the best comparison is the combined works of Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception).

Los cronocrímenes PosterHector, an ordinary working man, and his wife Clara have just moved into their new house, located outside the city in a beautiful scenic landscape filled with trees and green fields. Tired after a hard day at work, Hector relaxes by watching the forest with his binoculars, and perhaps, just perhaps spying on the neighbors a bit. Then suddenly he sees a beautiful young women taking off her shirt in the middle of the woods, but she quickly vanishes in the trees. She is succeeded by the sight of a man wrapped in bloody bandages, and now the plot thickens as Hector moves in to investigate what is going on… Eventually he finds himself in quite a pickle, finding out that there is much more about his neighbors than he ever imagined…

Proving that you do not need some fancy special effects or CGI to make a fantastic science fiction movie (Time Machine comes to mind), Los  Cronocrímenes with its superb screenplay, excellent acting and lastly a thought provoking plot is a must see. I must admit that at some point in the movie I had to pause it and draw on a piece of paper different paths, events and characters in order to try to wrap by head around the story. Story that is well thought out, and with just enough “borrowed” elements from horror movies (locations, sound effects, camera work) that it can viewed both as science fiction and as horror, but in the end it even might be classified as mystery. So wait no longer and find out why this movie got 10 out 10…

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writers:  Nacho Vigalondo

Cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo, Juan Inciarte

Fun Facts: The shirt that the girl in the forest (Bárbara Goenaga) is wearing depicts Schrödinger’s cat.


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