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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…
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…
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!
Idiotic waste of time and an interesting concept.
Good idea, poor execution (sort of like Surrogates). Someone should do a remake and make it good.
Might be worth watching just to see the sci-fi concept.
Great love story
Yeah, a good parable about capitalism and corruption and an intriguing twist that time is the currency not money. An interesting suggestion is made in the film, which I don't necessarily agree with, that giving a little amount to a poor person doesn't help them, it just prolongs their misery. Mediocre acting prevents the film reaching "will watch again" status, but it's pretty good overall.
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