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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.
Although its premise could've been executed better and its attempts at social commentary are a bit too heavy-handed, In Time still makes for an enjoyable sci-fi thriller with an engaging story, thought-provoking and imaginative concepts, beautiful cinematography (by none other than Roger Deakins), and strong performances.
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,…
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…
Just from the trailer, I expected so much more. The concept of humans not aging past age 25 and the rich having more time than the poor is a really intriguing one, but the execution just wasn't there.
I feel like In Time has been given a bad rap. I still remember seeing the trailers in 2011 when this was first released; Justin Timberlake was pretty much as big as he had ever been at the time, and had just garnered a lot of heat from his performance in The Social Network. He was an up and coming star at the time, and In Time seemed like the action movie vehicle that would launch his star-power to the max and legitify him as true action blockbuster movie star. Amanda Seyfreid and Olivia Wilde also feature in the film, though nobody seemed to care about them.
So then the movie came out - and it bombed. Critics generally didn't…
Interesting concept. Though I was distracted by how they kept saying everyone stays looking 25 and then they have JT in the lead role....
I didn't even understand the ending
Great movie that shows you the importance of time.
This was way better than I thought it would be. Just go in without expecting too much.
what a piece of..... why do they make stuff like this??
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is amusing. Not especially good but if you can turn your brain off and just sit there and watch it you might enjoy yourself. And when I say turn your brain off I mean seriously if you leave it switched on you'll fucking die from all the time related puns in the first ten minutes alone! I can just see in this alternative universe Jehovah's Witnesses coming around being like "Do you have 5 minutes for Jesus?" "No motherfucker I give that to Jesus I'll fucking die!". And so on and so forth.
Justin Timberlake does a good enough job acting though. Thought his character was a little boring though, maybe a little perfect. They tried giving him…
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