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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,…
In Time is radical-ish, but not out of any deeper political commitment. It's not a brave film at all; it's purely a zeitgeisty product of its economic climate. This is most noticeable in its relative pacifism, its treatment of the police as social actors worthy of discursive engagement by revolutionary elements.
Yet the film is fun, and competently shot and performed. Even on a rewatch it won me over with its earnest progressive message and the innocent naïveté of its sanitized Bonnie & Clyde (Amanda Seyfried & Justin Timberlake).
Just remember, kids: don't talk to the cops.
Me encanto el concepto, es el tipo de filmes que me agrandan, distopias futurísticas; el diseño de arte y producción me pareció fabuloso y esos intensos verdes le añaden mucho carácter a la película. Sin embargo, la historia después de un rato se torna aburrida y sin sentido. Justin lo hace bien pero no brilla tanto, su co protagonista igual, aunque Amanda estéticamente luce bellísima y verla correr en vestido y tacones, so sexy.
I remember when this film was released, most of the kids in my year group at that time where pretending to give time to one another by using numbers drawn on their arms with a felt pen because they were huge fans of the film.
What a bunch of losers.
A promising idea and story that has the making of something really good science fictionous. Problem is the way this film is made and with the actors it doesn't really work. I've never really liked Justin Timberlake as an actor and Seyfried i have seen better performances from. The story is shown rather weak and messed up in this film and the dusty performances don't make it better. The only really highlight of this film is Cillian Murphy and without taking it too seriously i could enjoy this blatantly mediocre scifi flick.
Unforgettable concept, very forgettable story.
I mostly like Timberlake as an actor but his character wasn't very 3 dimensional in this film.
There were some dramatic and emotional moments in the story but nothing that will likely stick with me.
As I say, great concept, it just could have been executed in a better manner.
Was still cool to see Cillian Murphy though.
Un peccato perché l'idea iniziale di usare il tempo come valuta di scambio è molto buona peccato che a livello di sceneggiatura si brancoli andando avanti un po' alla buona con le solite situazioni dei poveri vs ricchi e personaggi che più stereotipati non si può. Che tristezza.
Even when i love Cillian Murphy (and looks so good looking here), i think he was dissipated, i liked the kind of character he was playing in the beginning, the badass cop,,, but then it was just a mess.
Just a fine, different sci-fi vision starring a beautiful actress and... Justin Timberlake? Still fine after all tho
my overwhelming will to live is suddenly SO real. thanks, justin.
The marxist b-movie premise is quite interesting, direction is not bad, but acting and dialogues could be far better, and that Bonnie and Clyde thing is quite stupid. Watchable.
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