I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…
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,…
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…
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…
I really love the concept of the film. It truly speaks to the world we live and the concept that time is money. We tend to spend more time at our jobs/careers "making a living" if we take the equation of currency we literally trade our time for food/gas etc etc. Solid movie i give it a 5 out of 5
You can have all the time in the world, yet if you don't spend it wisely, it can be time lost, that can never be replenished.
'In Time' is a dystopian Sci-Fi, by Niccol, the writer and director of many an interesting film. He certainly doesn't fail here, the premise is extraordinary. The idea of actual time being manifested into currency is a great idea. The dynamic of the film is reliant upon the poor's need for more, whilst having to live day to day, but on the flip side, the rich take no risks, because they are so deviated by wanting to live forever.
With a solid cast, with great chemistry, the film ebbs and flows with the urgency…
- Capitalism sucks and the only solution is for Justin Timberlake and his girl to Bonnie & Clyde some banks and redistribute the wealth to the proletariat?? Thanks, Justin
- Vincent Kartheiser and Cillian Murphy were so incongruously good that they reminded me that I was actually interested in the premise
if life was really all about time and using it as money I'd be dead already
Hay un círculo del infierno especial para aquellos que cogen buenos conceptos de los grandes de la ciencia ficción y los destrozan de la manera en que lo hace In Time. Y es que no solo estamos ante una de las películas más aburridas que he visto este año, es que además, prostituye su premisa en una suerte de romance de baratillo con un lenguaje de rebelde adolescente que no hay por donde coger.
Las buenas ideas desperdiciadas como In Time duelen de una manera especial, duelen porque mientras estás viendo la película no paras de pensar en todo lo que podrías haber cambiado. En las maravillas que un buen equipo hubiera podido desarrollar con la idea del reloj biológico que se para, con el tiempo como moneda de cambio, con un mundo de personas que no aparentan nunca su edad... Algo mucho mejor que este cliché con patas.
Entertaining enough, but ultimately this is a dumb movie revolving around a very interesting idea. There's not much more to it than that.
What an intriguing concept! What a lame execution! JT stars as one of the least intriguing leading men in recent film memory. Not that Timberlake isn't a capable actor in certain situations, but he's best suited to supporting roles. He lacked the presence and charisma to carry the film. Seyfried was either asleep during the shoot or terribly miscast, because she was as wooden as Twilight era Kristen Stewart here. Murphy and Kartheiser are both strong performers, but are given absolutely nothing to do. The writing is absolute garbage, squandering some unique ideas and cool concepts with shitty dialogue and a tired plot that failed to explore anything of merit from its interesting premise. The script is probably composed of…
Totally cool idea.
But there are so many plot holes and ex machinas that it starts to seriosly suffer from it. Adiitionally there's never any real suspense because there is no urgency in any of the characters. They just nonchalantly do mostly random things with minutes or seconds to live.
I was also very disappointed in Justin Timberlake's performance who I had sort of accepted as a capable actor after Alpha Dog. Somewhere in there is also a pun about Justin "Just In" Time.
On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
A running list of dystopian films. Specifically near and far-future dystopias (as opposed to non-fiction present day or historical-dystopias).