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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…
'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.
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,…
Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Olivia Wilde & Johnny Galecki
Runtime: 109 min // Certificate: 12
Can a film exist on shit puns and shit puns alone? No, of course not, but In Time gives it a bloody good go anyway...
Set in a dystopian future in which time is quite literally currency, In Time follows Will Salas (Timberlake; The Social Network), a “poor” man from a small industrial town called Dayton, where most people live day-to-day and can “run out of time” at any moment. Like everyone else on Earth, Will stopped aging when he turned 25, at which point his “body clock” started ticking down…
In Time, a film set in the near future where the currency has been replaced with time. I didn't expect much from this film as seeing the posters with the leading actors didn't aspire much confidence. After watching the film, elements of the film did surprise me but some of it was disappointing as expected.
Andrew Niccol is a director who also writes his films. His films are at times a hit or miss but most of them are creative and imaginative, which is something I get excited for when I come into his films. What held my interest in this film is the concept of the currency of time and how it has divided the world to the rich…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day..."
Despite wooden... hmm, let's say dialed-in... performances from the cast, In Time is a pretty good watch, due to an interesting concept and entertaining story.
TImberlake and Wilde are a fugitive couple on the run, but the real focus is on this future currency called time. It really makes you stop and think about how we throw away our money on stuff (junk food, impulse shopping, unnecessary "wants", and so on), but what if we were to pay with time (hours, minutes, and seconds) off our lives instead? Would we waste so much of it?
I think that's the real statement, or question, here: just how valuable is time to…
Very clearly inspired by the American economic crisis, but also owing it's share to "Logan's Run" and the Robin Hood and Patty Hearst stories, "In Time" presents us with a dystopic future in which currency is actually time, and if you run out of it you die. Good sci-fi premise - the kind that would normally make for an intelligent film, except that in this case it's unnecessarily complicated by the concept that people also stop aging at 25, an element that felt needless. Furthermore, the film favours chases and action over intellectual stimulation and tantalizing visions. It's certainly entertaining, but will leave a feeling of dissatisfaction at the missed opportunity for greater importance. In any case, Justin Timberlake is engaging as the factory worker who rebels against the system and enlists the help of rich magnate's daughter Amanda Seyfried (also good) to bring it down. Cillian Murphy is commanding as the the "timekeeper" on their tales.
How do you make an original and seemingly good idea fall flat in less than two hours? How do you take a cast of both good and decent actors and make them all give such forced perfomances? How do you, as the guy who created a gem like Gattaca and wrote a masterpiece like The Truman Show, direct such a crappy, artificial and poorly thought out piece of wasted potential like In Time?
When I first saw a trailer for this it got me instaneously hyped for what seemed fresh, like it was trying to break some rules and finally something new to the table of stale Hollywood blockbusters. After seeing people's reaction after it launched I knew that I…
Cool concept, lousy execution.
An interesting idea that was rushed.
I went to bed early at 3:00 and woke up in the middle of the night and this is what was on. Really dumb on one level-really cool on another. The interesting part of the allegory of time for money is that way that the new perspective makes all of the commonplace ideas about money and the reification of money appear reframed in a radical new light that allows for some interesting thought. After seeing this in the theater I recall us having some interesting conversations about the nature of the economy. After Jongseok, who used to be an investment banker saw the movie, we had even more interesting insights to discuss. This time through I liked the Bonnie and Clyde aspect the most.
Πρωτότυπη ιδέα και πρωτοποριακή. Πως γίνεται να την κάνουν τόσο τετριμμένη μόνος ένας Θεός το ξέρει. Δηλαδή γιατί; Κρίμα
PS: Α ΡΕ JUSTIN!
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