The movie, Army of the Dead, hinted at the concept of a time loop theory, and Army ofThieves, its prequel, throws some more hints.
The prequel, Army of Thieves, is a romantic comedy heist movie, while Army of the Dead is a zombie heist movie.
While Army of Thieves has only the reference of a zombie outbreak in its background, Army of the Dead is full of the blood and gore created by the zombies.
Though the characters are not actually shown time traveling in either of the movies, there are subtle but repeated mentions of visiting another realm by them.
The Extension of Time Loop Theory in Army of Thieves
Army of Thieves begins in Potsdam, a small town in Germany, where Sebastian (real name of Ludwig Dieter) leads a banal and lonely life.
He runs a YouTube channel, the viewership of which is almost nil.
Since his childhood, Dieter has always been passionate about cracking safes and idolizes HansWagner, the legendary vault maker.
The introductory scenes actually show the master locksmith designing the vaults, following the untimely deaths of his wife and child.
With an aura of a magical spell, he is shown to build four vaults, each more uncrackable than the previous one.
Then, he makes the fifth vault, which is “capable of containing all his anguish and misery.”
Later, he locks himself in the fifth vault, and when nobody can crack this open, this self-made tomb of his is dropped into the bottom of the ocean.
Sebastian’s obsession with the Hans Wagner vaults leads him to the world of crime.
When Gwendolin wants to hire him in her team to crack three of the four Hans Wagner vaults, he is unable to refuse.
He is not in this for the money, and cracking the vaults of his idol is like a dream come true for him.
The experience of him breaking each one of the vaults for him is like going through countless timeloops as he refers to them as “Doorway to another dimension.”
Sebastian’s multiple dreams of being surrounded by zombies in front of a safe could be from his own experience in some other time loop.
In Army of the Dead, viewers find him captured by zombies in front of the Hans Wagner safe, though we don’t see his death.
In another time loop, he might be alive, waiting to be reunited with Gwendolin.
Both the movies provide some questions to the viewers which only a sequel can answer.
Army of the Dead Time Loop Theory Explained
In Army of the Dead, Scott Ward, played by Dave Bautista, is hired by the billionaire, BlyTanaka, played by Hiroyuki Sanada, to execute a heist at his casino in the zombie-infestedLas Vegas.
The vault at the basement of the casino, which Scott is supposed to crack, happens to be the legendary Götterdämmerung safe, created by Hans Wagner.
Scott creates his team to carry out this heist and approaches Ludwig Dieter, played by Matthias Schweighōfer, to execute the safe-cracking part of the heist. Here, Dieter describes the Götterdämmerung safe as a doorway to another realm.
When the team reaches the casino’s basement, they find mutilated bodies whose clothes and gear resemble those of the Army of the Dead team.