Los Cronocrimines

 (aka Time Crimes, 2008)

by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

85% positive reviews for a Spanish language sci-fi film with no budget?  That's impressive.

To be fair the budget was said to be $2.6 million, but that was because )1) the caterer delivered the 12-inch subs instead of the 6-inch, and (2) there must have been a payment of $2.5 million to somebody's bookie. So how can a decent Sci-Fi film even get made with no budget? I might not have thought of the answer to that puzzling question until I saw this film, but the writer/director of Time Crimes (Nacho Vigolando, who also plays a supporting acting role) demonstrated quite ingeniously that it is possible, given adherence to the following guidelines:

1. Locate the entire story in the present, in some everyday setting.

2. Create the sci-fi element by having the main character travel back only a few minutes in time, thus creating a situation where two of him (or more) have to co-exist in the present day.

3. Make the time-travel apparatus low-tech and mostly off camera. Keep the scientific explanations to a minimum, forcing the audience to accept the simple fact of time travel, rather than to quibble about the method.

In the case of this particular Spanish film, "Hector from now" co-exists with "Hector from an hour in the future" and then later with still another Hector who is just a few more minutes out of synch. The explanation is a long story, not really worth detailing. If you want a complete plot summary, there is a detailed one at IMDb. If you are intrigued by the concept, you're better off not reading that plot summary. In fact, the little I told you is already too much. It would be ideal to watch this movie without knowing it is a time-travel mystery, but the title sort of spoils that from the get-go. The satisfaction you will derive from watching this film is based upon the fact that everything on screen seems utterly baffling until the layers of the onion are pulled back, at which point the little pieces seem to fit together, and you are permitted the pleasure of a hearty "Aha!" The explanation may not really make perfect sense, but it makes as much sense as anything is ever going to make in a time-travel movie. The point is that the author does offer an explanation, and it's fun to see how he gets there.

There have been discussions about remaking the film in English, presumably with some kind of reasonable budget. Timothy Sexton (Children of Men) had been enlisted to script it, and the rumor mill had seated either David Cronenberg or George Romero in the director's chair. I'm not sure how concrete the remake plans were, but the talk was really heating up about a year ago, and then cooled off. I have not heard much about it lately, and I'm not sure what the current status is. IMDb lists it as a 2011 film in development, whatever that means.


3 Roger Ebert (of 4 stars)
85 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
68 Metacritic.com (of 100)


7.2 IMDB summary (of 10)


It was never on more than seven screens in the United States, and grossed less than $50,000.



  • Barbara Goenaga- full body nudity in a quick flash


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Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Entertaining mind-bender