Continuing with Part III of my multi-part article about Timecrimes.
In Timecrimes, Hector is caught in a what appears to be an infinite time loop with no apparent beginning or end, which is consistent with a predestination time paradox, but does beg the question how the paradox may have originated in the first place. One solution to the problem could involve a scenario in which an original attacker (not Hector) knew about the girl’s bicycle route and so lay in wait for her by the path to the woods, before assaulting and forcing her into the woods, where she is made to undress, then rendered unconscious.
Spying the girl from his garden, Hector subsequently becomes interested after she removes her shirt, and unaware of the rapist wanders towards her and blunders into the scene. On hearing Hector’s approach, the rapist then hides before attempting to stab Hector, but only succeeds in slashing his arm, instead. The attacker now chases a fleeing Hector to kill him, and a desperate Hector is given all the motivation he needs to scale a barbed wire fence, and break into the science compound. The attacker then leaves Hector briefly to return and dispose of the girl’s body, before going back for Hector.
On explaining his horrific story to the scientist and seeing the attacker approaching once more, the scientist may have tried to hide Hector in the time tank before later hiding somewhere else himself. Importantly, the scientist only activated the untested time machine less than two hours ago and so does not know if it works. He may have subsequently decided to risk Hector’s life by sending him back in time, knowing if the attacker does kill them the timeline will be restored to an hour earlier with the arrival of Hector 2. As to what happens to the attacker in the movie, well one can speculate that Hector 2 forcing the girl into the woods takes the opportunity away from the rapist who has now missed his chance and is frightened off by Hector 2’s presence.
Hector 3 attempts to prevent the bandaged Hector 2 from getting into the time tank, in order to stop Hector 2 accidentally killing his wife. At the end of the movie when Hector 3 realizes that Hector 2 didn’t accidentally kill his wife, but instead the young girl from earlier, Hector 3 locks his wife in the shed and allows Hector 2 to frighten the girl into falling to her death, knowing full well that Hector 2 would then try to prevent his wife’s apparent accident by driving off in the rain to scare Hector 1 into the time tank before also traveling back in time to become Hector 3 and “save” his wife.
A self-sustaining stable timeline is thus created in which the two anomalies have now resolved themselves into a self-correcting loop, and history for Hector 3 is allowed to continue, while nothing significant affecting Hector’s going back in time in the first place is altered
To be continued