Time Paradoxes: 20 Movies About Time Distortion

You can’t slow down or speed up the clock, so the past is regrettable for many, but the future is securely hidden from prying eyes. However, the filmmakers took it upon themselves to experiment with an intractable physical quantity – and films about time paradoxes appeared on the screens. Our selection contains cool pictures with exciting plots, where stunning things happen over time and characters.

Time (2021)

A married couple with children goes to the coast to relax among the picturesque nature, but on the very first day they encounter a mystical phenomenon. On the island, time flows differently, children grow up quickly, and adults grow old in a matter of hours. The family understands that they have no more than a day to live, so they urgently need to get out of the “paradise” corner. However, the time warp is not the only surprise prepared for the characters of the American new movie in the thriller genre.

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Original title:
Old

Genre:
Thriller, drama, fantasy

Actors:
Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicki Crips, Rufus Sewell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Tenet (2020)

A CIA operative gains access to a classified mission, which is dedicated to a limited circle of people. There is no detailed information about the case – the agent receives only the code word “Argument”, which can open any door. The hero of a twisted sci-fi film about time changes faces an inverse weapon sent from the future. It now depends on the actions of a man whether the Third World War will begin or the catastrophe can be prevented.

Original title:
Tenet

Genre:
Fiction, Action

Actors:
John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits :
16+


Call from the Past (2020)

The Korean thriller with a high rating and an interesting plot continues the list of the best foreign films . Young So-yeon returns to her native village to visit her sick mother. On the way, the girl lost her smartphone, so she turns on her old home phone for communication. Almost immediately, Seo-young starts receiving strange calls. The stranger on the other end of the line needs help, but the girls are separated not by kilometers, but by years.

Original title:
Kol

Genre:
Thriller, sci-fi, crime

Actors:
Park Shin-hye, Jung Jong-so, Kim Sung-nyeon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+


Hang Out in Palm Springs (2020)

Another new movie about time distortion is a romantic comedy with elements of fantasy. The wedding of friends on the California coast becomes “Groundhog Day” for the playboy Niles. The guy arrives at the celebration with his girlfriend, but does not miss the opportunity to hit on Sarah, the sister of the bride. In the evening, the couple retires to a strange cave – and wakes up again on the day of the wedding. Niles enjoys the variety of possible scenarios, while Sarah makes desperate attempts to break the time loop.

Original title:
Palm Springs

Genre:
Comedy, Romance

Actors:
Andy Samberg, Christine Milioti, J.K. Simmons …

Country:
USA, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Tall Green Grass (2019)

Cal is driving his pregnant sister, Becky, to a nearby town, but the expectant mother is not feeling well and is forced to stop on the road at the edge of a field. The man hears the cries of a child coming from the green thickets. The boy introduces himself as Tobin and asks to find his parents, who are lost in the tall grass. Cal and Becky go to the rescue, unaware of the strange field’s mystical power.

Original title:
In the Tall Grass

Genre:
Horror, thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Patrick Wilson…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Trigger Day (2019)

In the top of films about time traps is an action-packed action movie with black humor about a secret experiment. Roy Pulver wakes up to an attack by armed strangers and tries to flee. The commando has to fight the villains, but the forces are unequal. Roy is killed – and at the time of death, the man wakes up again to fight off new people who want to deal with him. Only defeating the boss will allow you to escape from the time trap, but is such an outcome possible for the hero of the film?

Original title:
Boss Level

Genre:
Fiction, Action

Actors:
Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Password: House (2018)

University programmer friends arrange a meeting a few years after graduation. Rafa became a tough hacker and shared his discovery with his friends. The disgraced founder of a non-profit website posted a file with encrypted information online. Programmers from all over the world tried to get secret data – and only Rafa managed to solve the riddles and crack the code. Based on the program he received, the guy created an application that allows you to look into the future for just half a minute. However, this is enough to open Pandora’s box.

Original title:
H0us3

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Miriam Tortoza, Marion Tena, Bernat Mestre…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


During a thunderstorm (2018)

A fantastic film about the connection between time and space is worth watching for fans of Spanish thrillers . Vera moves into a house with her husband and daughter, where she finds old videos of a boy. At dinner with friends, a woman learns that the child died during a thunderstorm. Vera decides to review the recordings and realizes that the boy can hear her. She warns him of the danger, and wakes up in the morning in an alternate reality. Vera became a leading surgeon , did not marry, so her daughter was not born. A woman tries to change the situation – and finds herself at the center of a detective story .

Original title:
Durante la tormenta

Genre:
Thriller, drama, fantasy, detective

Actors:
Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darin, Javier Gutierrez …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Trap (2017)

Professor Hopper organizes an expedition to deal with the causes of a family tragedy. Many years ago, the archaeologist’s parents set off in search of the fountain of youth, but no one returned from the trip. When Hopper also disappears, a group of students are on his trail. The guys discover a cave with a dangerous labyrinth of time, where the line between past, present and future is blurred.

Original title:
Time Trap

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Brianna Howey, Cassidy Gifford, Olivia Dragusevich …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Time Matrix (2016)

Samantha’s life is spent happily in the circle of friends and loving family. Popularity at school, a handsome boyfriend and daily entertainment – what else can a high school student dream of? Lucky Samantha, along with her friends, makes fun of her classmate Julia, not knowing how this persecution will turn out. The trip of friends by car after the party ends in a fatal accident – and the girl wakes up at home on the same fateful day. Will the heroine of the film about the paradoxes of time be able to prevent the tragedy, and who will Samantha eventually want to save?

Original title:
Before I Fall

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Zoey Deutch, Holston Sage, Logan Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Error (2014)

Bookmaker Jasper dreams of becoming rich, manager Finn wants to be an artist , and waitress Kelly dreams of becoming a writer . The guys live in a friendly commune in a country cottage, but one day they find a strange polaroid of incredible size in a dead neighbor’s house. Having tested the apparatus, the friends realize that the scientist has invented a time machine. Once a day, the camera produces a picture of the living room of tomorrow, and friends decide to use the discovery for their own purposes, without thinking about the consequences.

Original title:
Time Lapse

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Daniel Panabaker, Matthew O’Leary, George Finn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Incident (2014)

The plot of the arthouse film about temporal anomalies will not let you tear yourself away from the screen until the end credits. Two petty gangsters are trying to escape from persecution, but together with the policeman they find themselves on an endless staircase. At the same time, the family of travelers realizes that they are driving a car in a closed loop of a deserted highway. The heroes have to figure out the causes of a strange deviation in order to escape from a dangerous trap.

Original title:
El incidente

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:
Raul Mendes, Magda Brugengheim, Humberto Busto …

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Communication (2012)

A group of old friends are gathering for dinner, and Emily, who has recently arrived, complains about the sudden breakdown of her phone. The girl blames the approaching comet for what happened, but her friends ridicule her. However, soon all those present turn off their mobile phones, then the lights go out. After a while, it turns out that something is wrong with reality, the time continuum is broken, and the whole company has doubles.

Original title:
Coherence

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brandon …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Loop (2012)

In an alternate reality, there is an era where crime is strictly punishable by law, and murder is impossible. Around this ban, the plot of the film about the manipulation of time is built. The criminals have found a loophole to settle scores with enemies, sending unwanted people into the past, where a killer awaits them in a conditional place . They pay well for the work, but there comes a moment when the mercenary is sent himself from the future. The loop must close – and woe to those who decide to try to escape.

Original title:
Looper

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt …

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits :
18+


Entrance to Nowhere (2010)

Jody, Tom and Samantha find themselves in a cabin in the middle of an unusual forest under strange circumstances. All roads lead back to the abandoned house, and attempts to escape end at the starting point. The only way to communicate with the outside world would be a radio installation, but it is broken and beyond repair. The guys do not know what binds them until the dark secrets of their past begin to be revealed in long conversations.

Original title:
Enter Nowhere

Genre:
Thriller, detective, fantasy

Actors:
Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, Sarah Paxton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Door (2009)

It is difficult for artist David to survive the death of his little daughter, because he considers himself the main culprit of the tragedy. An unfortunate mistake led to the death of a girl, and a man cannot forgive himself for a perfect oversight. One day, David discovers a door to the past and wants to change the events of a terrible day. However, any intervention entails unpredictable consequences for the future.

Original title:
Die Tür

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Mads Mikkelsen, Jessica Schwartz, Valeria Eisenbart …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Deja vu (2006)

A terrible terrorist attack on the ferry claimed the lives of several hundred people, so the best specialists from various departments are involved in solving the crime. Doug Carlin, the protagonist of the film, arrives at the scene in order to determine the type of explosive, but turns out to be a participant in an unusual experiment. Scientists have invented a program that allows you to look into the past a few days ago. Speeding up or slowing down browsing is impossible, agents have to work with current data until Doug comes up with a brilliant idea.

Original title:
Deja Vu

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Crime

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Jacket (2004)

Ex-military Jack Starks suffers from memory lapses after suffering a combat wound. Amnesia is inconvenient, but the real danger comes when a man is accused of killing a police officer. Jack hears the name of the victim for the first time, but is ready to remember the events of recent days under the influence of innovative drugs. The experiment does not go according to plan, and instead of the past, Starks discovers the shocking truth about impending death.

Original title:
The Jacket

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, detective, drama

Actors:
Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson …

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Detonator (2004)

Physicists Abe and Aaron are working on a device that can reduce the weight of any object. During the experiment, it turns out that time flows differently inside the apparatus, and travel to the past is possible. Friends actively travel, using data from the present for enrichment. However, the friends soon realize that such walks are becoming dangerous, and the device is no longer a secret.

Original title:
Primer

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Butterfly Effect (2003)

Our top films are completed by a classic of science fiction, which has earned high marks from Russian viewers. As a child, Evans suffered from partial amnesia, so he could not explain the reasons for his actions. On the advice of a psychiatrist , the boy begins to keep a diary so as not to forget important events, and in his youth he makes an amazing discovery. Rereading old entries, Evan can return to the turning points of his life. Each new journey into the past makes adjustments to the present, and the guy will have to realize the value of time.

Original title:
The Butterfly Effect

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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