It keeps you in the loop!
Timecrimes is brilliantly written but a bit predictable. It could be argued that it is too damn convoluted, but fans of time travel films enjoy complexity. It comes with the genre. The acting is a little off and the unintuitive dialogue doesn’t help, but you get used to it. There’s a healthy dose of humor. It is barely perceptible but it’s there. Timecrimes is otherwise pretty dark.
This is about a man who gets stuck inside a time loop. We go through a variety of emotions. Just when you think this film is too sinister, things get technical and we get some science-fiction. Then, you get a sweet montage. This happens at the turn of the second act and the pacing picks up. Then, right around the middle of the story, as if things couldn’t get weirder, the mind-fuck thickens.
The questions stack. Every answer brings up a new question. This goes on for a while. There is fatigue at various moments, but it never lasts. All in all, this film is a must-see. It’s in its own category. It’s extremely imaginative. It may very well be a gaping plot hole, but that’s hard to tell. Time travel movies are always complicated and this one is no exception.