In Time 2011

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In the future people stop ageing at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

Starring:
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

In Time

Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime
Director Andrew Niccol
Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried
Supporting actors Olivia Wilde, Brendan Miller, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy
Studio New Regency Productions
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By N. J. H. TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
I decided to watch this based on the advertising campaigns I'd seen on TV which made it sound as though it had the potential to be a great film - and it was, for a little while.

The concept of "In time" is essentially that we've obliterated the use of money as the ultimate currency and switched it for time. Now, at the age of 25 our clocks start ticking whilst we stop aging, which sounds great right? We never get old! But there's a catch, once those clocks start to tick we're genetically engineered to only have one years worth of time remaining. This means we have to start earning (or stealing) time.

The aging concept is brilliantly demonstrated a number of times. Our main man, played by Justin Timberlake, lives with his mother who is 50 - except she only looks 25. Things like this can actually seem a bit weird at first but you quickly get used to it. So how do we get time? Well you can use your time to buy things, like coffee or to pay your rent but you can also get some back from other people donating or by working.

What's interesting is that there is still a divide between "rich" and "poor". The richer people have infinite time it would seem, although how they get it isn't always explained. I liked this aspect of the film, who says that one family deserves to live longer than another? Why should one man "time out" to allow another to live? This corrupt balance is explored quite a lot - it is suggested that this is a way of monitoring the population size.

Aside from this, there is actually a plot underneath this unique world - Timberlake's character is accused of murder. I won't say anymore on that because it will inevitably ruin the story but from here we're lead on a race against time and restoration of justice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This is an excellent SciFi movie starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. The story goes: Will Salas (Timberlake) lives with his mother in a future where aging stops at 25 but the clock starts ticking because from the time of everyone's 25th birthday they have one year to go until they suddenly die. They can, however, buy time, or earn it, or steal it because in this future time is currency and is transmitted by touch or by machine. It's possible to be immortal, barring accidents, just like the people who live in the rich part of town seem to be, in their fancy mansions, having their fancy parties, living a high life surrounded by their guards while poor people live in ghettos, surviving by the day or even the minutem or not at all.

Will is distraught when his mother runs out of time and dies right in front of him before he can give her time and save her. In a bar, he sees a man who has over a century of time, a man who is about to be robbed by a gang and yet he doesn't seem to care. It's a dangerous thing to have time on your hands in the ghetto. Will saves him but while he is asleep the man transfers all his time to Will and dies. Will is accused of murder, of stealing the man's time, and goes on the run, determined to find out how those rich in time are getting it. Are they robbing the poor? Unfortunately, a determined Time Keeper is on his case (Cillian Murphy). Good job he manages to get rich man's daughter, Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), on his side. No spoilers here, you can see all that in the trailer on YouTube. The movie is about the action that Will takes against the rich-in-time. Conflict and resolution. It makes you realise how precious time is.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 10 April 2012
Format: DVD
It must be hard to be a director knowing you're only ever as good as your last film. I guess foremost in their mind must be that a film must be popular enough (ie lowest common denominator) to gain revenue while trying to achieve the original vision.

I think this is where In Time falls down to some extent; it had the potential to be a cerebral scathing attack on how the rich exploit the poor, which it did to some extent but it ended-up as action-flick by numbers. Films like They Live and Society achieved such allegories without pandering to any specific audience.

Some of the film worked really well; as others have said the substitution of time as currency was a very clever idea but one which wasn't explored fully. Any currency is zero-sum; for one to be a millionaire, a hundred others have to go wanting. Ergo to paraphrase one of the film's decent lines 'for me to live for eternity, people have to die'. I guess the danger of going down this route may have effected a rather dry economics-heavy film but, still.

Another aspect of the film I liked was the dichotomy between rich and poors' attitude to time; the latter having to make the most of every second given their lack of longevity. Hence the poor marking themselves out by their perpetual rushing about.

Other than that though, the cast were all reasonably two-dimensional. Timberlake was by far the best of a bad bunch and Cillian Murphy's bad-guy was beyond parody. In the absence of a truly thought-provoking examination of capitalist society it seems that charicatures was the path of least-resistance.

Don't get me wrong In Time is a watchable Friday-night flick but just disappointed about what could have been.
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