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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.
This had the potential to be a thought-provoking look at an alternate universe where time is a commodity only available to those able to pay for it, and no one ever looks a day over 25 regardless of how old they are in real time.
Digital clocks on a person's arm indicate how much time they still have left, and when one poor guy obtains a gift of a century of life from a person who simply wishes to die, there should and could be a perceptive film here - but there isn't, there is just cod philosophy (no one should have to die, don't waste time, blah).
Justin Timberlake has the lead role, but he simply can't act, and his wooden performance stops this movie dead every time he is on screen, which is most of the time. There is tension of a kind, but it just makes no sense, and ultimately I felt I was wasting my time.
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…
"Take your time, it's free."
This film has such an incredibly cool premise. Imagine a society where your life truly is dependent upon money. And your money determines your lifespan. Quite the dystopian social commentary. Beyond the unique story, you've got an above average action film with a Robin Hood-esque spin. I really don't understand all the hate that this movie gets. It's a genuinely entertaining film. And who doesn't love puns?
What a waste of time. And, yes, I feel it's within my right to use such a shitty cliché of wordplay as the movie is painstakingly rife in self-reference.
'No one is meant to live forever'
Ok, the film is set in a dystopian future where society lives a unfair system. I couldn't watch this film in peace trying to understand why/how someone borns with a clock on the arm and the most important: what for? did someone design it?
But I think that the screenwriters' idea was to establish a connection to a very present saying: TIME IS MONEY. Ok, nice. But I felt unable to judge characters' behaviours since I was more worried trying to figure out how society came to that situation. Are there other countries which adopted the same system? Can anyone produce time just as money is produced nowadays (otherwise if everyone is consuming…
"In Time" o "de cómo coger una idea con un potencial increíble y corromperla con una trama simple hasta decir basta, un guión tan pobre que da hasta risa, un romance más tonto que las piedras y en general un 'quiero y no me da la gana' constante hasta convertirla en un engendro semejante".
I think I remember liking this movie but I can't really remember how much. The movie wasn't too memorable.
Ótima Premissa! Ótimos questões apresentadas, mas sei lá, não foi bem, a segunda metade do filme não me envolveu e... sei lá. Faltou algo.
While I enjoy this one... I was expecting it to be better then it was from the trailer. It is an interesting concept. An idea I haven't seen before. But I feel the film didn't meet it's potential. For one thing I found I really didn't care about the main characters enough. I don't know if this is from the writing or from the fact that I never really cared for Justin Timberlake all that much. Over-all a decent movie. One I can see myself watching again... but not as often as some.
Interesting concept and execution. Nicol always interesting.
Half a star is way enough for this film.
The only stunning thing was the ability of Amanda Seyfried of running with high heels!
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