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.…
A desperate attempt to recapture the magic of Gattaca (seriously: it might be a good drinking game), but comes across much more as Inception – one dubious sci-fi idea stretched conceptually and chronologically to fill out an entire movie. Inception was at least much more spectacular. Here it’s a pleasurable watch, but it makes The Adjustment Bureau look good: plot holes and inconsistencies and clichés abound, and in terms of suspension of disbelief it’s one big lowrider of a movie.
I'm going to compare this to Lord of War because it's the same writer/director and I watched them back to back.
The main reason I want to compare them is that going into Lord of War, I half expected a testosterone-fueled action movie of some kind, but to my surprise, that ended up being much more thought-provoking and satirical than I ever expected it to be. Not to mention the attention to detail in that.
This is why it seems like such a shame to me that this turned out the way it did. I think this movie has a genuinely brilliant concept, and all I wanted from this was for that to be explored in interesting ways and to be really thought-provoking, which it is for the first thirty minutes, but after that, it becomes nothing more but a bunch of lame action sequences and stops exploring the concept almost entirely.
not a bad dystopia sci-fi film but it struggles to stay ahead of its own game. The concept and premise is almost totally weighed down by its mysteriousness throughout tho. Time/life/currency thing seems all clear at points only to raise some questions the next scene.
Timberlake is good. Wish Olivia Wilde was in place of Amanda Seyfried as the heroine/love interest....
Alot of chasing and what not for most of the second half. Cilian Murphy never has enough expression in his face, so I found him hard to believe as the cop.
I guess that's what hinders the movie, suspension of disbelief at the premise is not maintained very well, too fine a line and so other than the fun of watching Timberlake outwit ppl and run around with pretty Amanda....we're left too close to falling over the line.
Great premise. Could've been done a lot better.
In Time is a flawed but underrated sci-fi film, portraying an intriguing premise. Justin Timberlake delivers a surprisingly good performance, while the likes of Olivia Wilde and Cillian Murphy are also highlights.
An excellent premise, executed well for the first half. Still fairly enjoyable though, I wouldn't say give it a miss.
Right now, I'm in between a 3 and a 3.5 on this movie. On one hand, it's very entertaining and quite interesting as well. But on the other hand it's generic and poorly written. There are some good action sequences and good performances from the cast as well. Overall, it's a pretty solid action flick.
Not too bad but neither great.
Writer-Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) brings us a new sci-fi flick, In Time, that examines the idea of “time is money” and the powerful sense of greed surrounding that very notion. Now here is where I usually write a little bit on the film’s plot, you know, presenting the exposition so you know what the film is about. But why should I write one when I can just quote the expositional monologue voiceover by lead actor Justin Timberlake in the opening credits of the film.
“We’re genetically engineered to stop aging at 25. The trouble is, we live only one more year. Unless we can get more time. Time is now the currency. We earn and spend it. The…
Film No. 3 in The 13th Robinson Film Festival. In Time.
A decent yet ironically overly long Action Thriller that holds strong mainly down to its great characters. A little busy on the ideas front but decides to sensibly follow the straight forward Action Thriller route stopping itself from getting bogged down under the weight of its own ideas and points.