On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
Time Is Power
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.
Right chaps, one hour to write a film. Go.
An hour? What could we do it about? An hour.
Yep, one hour. One h…Oh, 59 minutes, 20 seconds. 19. 18…
Oooh, it's about time!
Brilliant! Quick, time sayings: not enough hours in the day.
Don't waste my time!
Wait, is that about what we're doing now…?
For a few to be immortal, many must die!
No one has to die before their time!
Oooh, just smoosh those together!
We need a star who's name works in…in…in…Justin! Just. In. Time. Get it?
No. Wait. Yes!
Man, this stuff writes itself...
There is a kernel of a great idea here, a genuinely novel distopian world from a writer-director with a good track record of making thought provoking sci-fi with a mass appeal. So the question is, where did it all go wrong?
Budget is clearly a problem as evident by the uninspired sets and some truly terrible CGI. Secondly, whilst the idea of time as currency has potential it is never really explored in any interesting or meaningful way. Instead we get a pretty standard chase movie (with hints of Robin Hood and Bonnie and Clyde) and the usual rich-poor dystopia divide which has been tackled in a thousand other, often better, science-fiction films.
The nature of the story dictates that…
I'm pretty sure it was just my imagination, but every time there was some type of pun involving time in this film, I swear I could hear director Andrew Niccol creaming his shorts. Don't ask what that sounds like, but I swear I heard it, and heard it often.
On a side note, since I found this movie rather boring, I spent some time doing math, and converted times as a currency into real Canadian currency. Math is definitely not my strong suit, so bare with me.
In the film, Justin Timberlake uses a pay phone and it costs one minute. The last time I used a pay phone it costs thirty five cents,…
'We're running out of time.'
'Don't waste my time.'
I'm gonna clean your clock.'
'That's quality time'
Something shticky is going on here and it isn't done very well. They don't use the incredibly 'witty' quotes mentioned above once in this film, no, no, they use them every chance they get.
The acting is bad, the story predictable and it is something worse than mediocre, it's dull...which is unforgivable for a sci-fi action flick.
Andrew Niccol has a knack for getting involved in projects with great premises that ultimately result in something way below the expected (except maybe Lord of War, of which I'm a fan). In Time is such a project, yet another sci-fi film by Niccol that fails to truly deliver of what could've been a new high note of a very stagnated genre. The story of a civilization where time replaced currency as the main form of trade seems interesting from the get-goAt first, all seems right, with the introduction of the plot and the main character being out of the way in the first 10 minutes, delivering the exact quantity of informations one needs without forgetting to keep things interesting.…
Don't waste my time.
What's great about this film is that it creates a working universe based on using time as a currency. Everything seems to be thought out as to how everyday life works and the perils of being poor. I think the metaphors for this work on many levels.
The bad part is that I don't think anything else besides the "everyday life" aspect was very well thought out. It begins by flat out telling you that the film will not offer any explanation as to how life turned out this way. I was fine with this at first until I realized that it's almost the films mantra not to explain anything.
Can you just grab…
Really good dystopian film.
"No one should be immortal if even one person has to die."- Will Salas.
The ideas within the movie, involving using time as a commodity, are interesting but, unfortunately for this movie, it is all wrapped within a rather silly film that is plagued with inconsistency, plot-holes and downright silliness. (slightly sub par acting to boot)
Ultimately a film that fails to deliver on an interesting premise.
Película que ya había visto antes pero sigue sin mejorar. El concepto en si es alucinante, pero toda la película es un quiero y no puedo. Intenta ir de profunda pero los personajes no tienen sentido, cambian de opinion y de vida como el que se cambia de pantalones, esa subtrama profunda no funciona. Para mi lo mejor es el policia, asi que imaginateimaginate. El concepto es genial pero ni justin sabe actuae ni hay nada más allá.
I swear I'm going to pistol whip the next person who says "time"!
'In Time' has a cool concept but it doesn't do anything particularly interesting with it ultimately finding itself with a Bonnie and Clyde scenario but not the guts to let the lead protagonists go out blazing - it all kinda just ticks down to the end.
The aesthetic has a great 1930s retro-futurist vibe (very similar to Gattaca) and the cast are fine, it just needed a script ballsy enough to do more than replace the word money with time, because time is money and audiences don't have time to waste on half-baked narratives *gets pistol whipped!!!
The "world" was only half thought out.
An action/thriller that takes an aim down the uniqueness road in becoming something exciting and clever but it is caught on its own moral ambiguity that it becomes anything but.
This futuristic Robin Hood like tale falls into the disappointing category. To quote DiCaprio's famous line in Django this film at first had my curiosity, then my attention but by about half way through I became a little bored. Much like my opinion of Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake's acting ability is much better than I believe it has any right to be and always find myself really taken by it. He leads off this mediocre acting frenzy but is accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer and…
Brilliant idea, awful execution
A história é muito boa mas foi mal explorada...
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hobo with a Shotgun
- Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
- Birdemic: Shock and Terror
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- The Brown Bunny
what movie pisses you off? What movie makes u mad ?
What movie do you totally hate?!?
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…