Tired of frequently watching feel-good dramas and action thrillers? Want to watch something fresh as well as mind-boggling? Try out, time loop movies.
Now the question arises as to what is a time loop? Simply answering, a time loop is a fictional device due to which characters have to re-experience a particular period with the hope of breaking the loop with some action. For example, when a certain person is dead or the clock reaches a specific period, the entire day is once again experienced and the protagonist has to make tough attempts to break the time loop and bring back things to normal. This is often inspired by time travel concepts. Interesting isn’t it? Now let us go through the best 10 movies that have used the time loop device most wisely to engage and provide a unique experience to the audience.
10. BOSS LEVEL
ACTION | 2021| Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Well, Boss Level is not a film that has used the time loop up to the potential. But still, it is action-packed entertainment stuff, absolutely worth watching. Roy Pulver, a former special agent officer has to escape from a never-ending time loop where he is constantly assassinated by someone unknown. It is not that kind of film where the audience is left to think and interpret wisely. Rather, Boss Level used a time loop to create a spectacular entertainer.
Available on Hulu, Prime Video, and Netflix.
SCIENCE FICTION | 2016 | Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
ARQ is an 88-minute long, dystopian science fiction film featuring the attempts of Renton and Hannah to save their lab from an endless streak of masked raiders. Can they save the world? This film too fails to explore the enormous opportunities behind the time loop concepts and focuses on generating a thrilling experience with action-packed moments. Want a science fiction action-oriented film? Try this one out.
Available on Netflix
8. RUSSIAN DOLL
COMEDY DRAMA | 2019 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%| 2 Seasons
Ever imagined portraying complex time loop theories in a comedy manner? Watch the Netflix Web Series, Russian Doll. The Series portrays Nadia, a young liberal woman, who gets trapped up in a mysterious time loop at her birthday party and is forced to live the same day repeatedly. The spectacular performance of Natasha Lyonne and the intriguing storyline blends out the the mood of the audience from fatally funny to mournfully sad. This critically acclaimed, binge-watch magic is sure to make you burst out in laughter.
Available on Netflix.
Sci-Fi / Action | 2014 | Rotten Tomatoes: 84%|
A temporal agent is forced to time travel, back to 1975, to prevent a bomb attack in New York City. Well, don’t expect to sit back and watch this tightly-packed Australian time travel loop film, in a relaxed manner. The movie dives deeply into the mystic sea of time travel and creates its own ‘predestination paradox'. Acknowledged as one of the best time travel movies to date, Predestination will truly leave the audience with a handful of questions and queries storming in the head. Those who look out for a puzzling and mind-blowing experience, like Interstellar, could opt for this one.
Available on Amazon Prime Video
6. HAPPY DEATH DAY
THRILLER | 2017 | Rotten Tomatoes: 71%|
This female-centric film is an interesting mix of horrific, mysterious, comedy, and thrilling moments. Happy Death Day portrays the struggle of Theresa Gilbman who is forced to relive her birthday and find out her unknown masked killer. The 98-minute-long American black comedy film is sure to keep the audience at the tip of their seat. Those who prefer a fun-ridden nail-biting experience over a puzzling critically acclaimed could surely choose Happy Death Day. A satisfied audience could go for the sequel- Happy Death Day 2U.
Available on Netflix.
Science Fiction | 2007 | Rotten Tomatoes: 89%|
Los Cronocrímenes or Timecrimes is a perfect example of a time loop film. Hector just moved to his dream home when he is attacked by a strange figure, setting into motion a horrifying chain of events. This Spanish low-budgeted, well-crafted thriller is loaded with extreme twists and turns to deliver an exhilarating experience to the audience. Viewers’ discretion is advised to watch this haunting horrifying thriller layered with deep concealed dark humor.
Available on Amazon Prime Video.
4. EDGE OF TOMORROW
ACTION | 2014 | Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
‘Live. Die. Repeat.’ With the help of Rita Vrataski, Major William Cage has set out to save the world amidst being entrapped in a never-ending time loop. The Tom Cruise starred film, is a gripping and meticulously constructed dystopian thriller that explores huge opportunities behind the time travel concept. The multiple-layered storyline along with intense action sequences delivers nothing lesser than a visual extravaganza to viewers.
Available on Netflix
3. FREE GUY
COMEDY ACTION | 2021 | Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
In a world where there is no limit, Guy decides to save the day on his way before it’s too late. Well, the film does not suit perfectly or is restricted under the head of ‘time loop' film but uses a cleverer concept. Free Guy with a stunning premise drives the audience on a frivolous fun ride. Thought-provoking as well as entertaining, the movie is sure to give you a wonderful charming experience.
Available on Disney Hotstar
2. GroundHog Day
ROMANCE | 1993 | Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
An article about time loops without mentioning Groundhog Day remains uncompleted. Phil, a self-centered weatherman, is shocked when he realizes that he is reliving the same day. This 1993 masterpiece might be the the first film to introduce the time loop concept. The deep meaningful American drama focuses on the comedy aspect of the concept, leaving plenty of room for laughter. The greatest challenge for modern time loop movie makers might be to create a one beyond Groundhog Day. A perfect benchmark of the genre!
Available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
THRILLER | 2009 | Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
One of the most underrated science-fiction thrillers to date. Jess, a ship passenger, finds herself entrapped in a gruesome vessel. This brutal psychological thriller might take viewers onboard for a terrifying and spine-chilling experience. One can never watch Triangle but could only feel being engulfed in a dark never-ending bizarre layer.
Each film is a unique experience and the addition of a fresh fictional device like a time loop just adds to the organic essence of the art. These might not be the only time loop films to date but hearing of the genre would often visualize these ten movies to the audience. That’s the greatest achievement made by a film!
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