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In Time 2011

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, Olivia Wilde
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime
Director Andrew Niccol
Starring Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde
Supporting actors Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer, Aaron Perilo, Nick Lashaway, Will Peltz, Ray Santiago, Matt Bomer, Zuleyka Silver, Laura Ashley Samuels, Alex Pettyfer, Brendan Miller, La Monde Byrd, Paul David Story, Yaya DaCosta
Studio New Regency Productions
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Bex 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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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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I understand a few one-star reviews for this film as I expected far more than the film delivered, but you could still probably do a lot worse.

I absolutely love Gattaca and The Truman Show, but beyond a decent enough idea that could have been developed, directed and scripted to much greater effect, this latest offering from Andrew Niccol had perhaps only one other redeeming feature for me - Amanda Seyfried. She manages to be captivating and holds a strong screen presence despite having very little to go on.

Justin Timberlake proves to be far from a terrible actor and was a pleasant surprise, but unfortunately he lacks the gravitas or charisma that would be needed to hide the poor script, underdeveloped characters and the illogical and often unexplained story line that is strung together by little more than its plot-holes and basic concept.

The audience is force-fed a relentless and seemingly endless buffet of puns pertaining to the concept of time and its phrases in a way that suggests the viewer might somehow forget the title of the film and its concept. You won't. It's really very simple; for unexplained reasons,the future inhabitants of earth have been genetically modified to stop aging at the age of 25. When they reach this age they are given one year which is used as currency instead of money and, depending on their life choices and luck in life, this can be increased endlessly, enabling them to become immortal, or decreased to zero, which will see them suddenly drop dead. Justin Timberlake isn't happy about this and decides to go all Robin Hood with the help of Amanda Seyfried, the daughter of a rich and powerful businessman, in a Bonnie & Clyde type bank-robbing spree - stealing years of currency from the rich and giving it to the poor.
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