In medias res - In the middle of things
In medias res simply means 'in the middle of things'. Imagine it like the opening of a story that begins in the middle, when the plot is already at a point of extreme intensity. The viewer is immediately dropped into a world marked by tension, without having been explained the whys and hows of it. This particular moment/incident would then come to define the rest of the film, which would include flashbacks until it has caught up with its opening moment of stress and tension.