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…
Surprisingly, I quite liked this movie. In Time has an interesting premise and I find Justin Timberlake to be a capable and talented actor.
This movie in makes me forget how bad at acting Amanda Seyfried is.
Pesadilla dickiana travestida de Bonnie y Clyde con tintes à la Robin Hood que acaba siendo menos que la suma de sus partes. Ni su trama romántica terminar de resultar verosímil ni la crítica/metáfora social se siente tan aguda como podría ser, haciendo que no termine de funcionar nunca en ningún momento: como mero entretenimiento le falta ritmo, como obra de arte le falta desarrollo simbólico.
El camino al infierno está empedrado de buenas intenciones como la carrera de Andrew Niccol de buenas ideas. Ni con intenciones ni con ideas solamente se podrá alcanzar nunca un buen destino.
- interesting scifi story but just not executed very well
- justin timberlake isn't too bad at acting
It amazes how one of the best concepts for a dystopian sci-fi film can be an honest let down. I enjoyed this film for what it was, but it left me wanting so much more.
Na dieser Film kann sich doch sehen lassen. Quasi eine Robinhood Verfilmung in der Zukunft. Die Idee, dass in der Zukunft alles mit seiner Lebenszeit bezahlt wird finde ich genial. Außerdem gar nicht so unvorstellbar, sobald dies möglich werden würde.
Die Schauspieler machen ihren Job echt gut und sowohl Haupt-, als auch Nebenstory finde ich gelungen. Es gibt einige hervorragende Szenen und "Robin Hood" und seine Geliebte bilden ein interessantes und gut anzusehendes Paar. Sollte man sich mal ansehen, es gibt ein paar interessante Ideen in diesem Film.
Allerdings auch teilweise sehr vorhersehbar und stereotypisch. Das fand ich schade, aber man kann wohl nicht alles haben. Alles im allem ein solider Film, der einen mit in eine interessante Welt nimmt.
Goddamn you Andrew Niccol and your so-almost-so-good yet frustratingly fatally flawed movies.
And goddamn you Amanda Seyfriend for being so good at wearing wigs and jumpers, especially at the same time.
In Time is a cool sci-fi film with an awesome concept and cool action but some parts were too slow and romantic.
in the cinema with ?!
this is the worst hairstyle amanda seyfried could have but she’s still super good looking
so in this world time is money rich people gets to live forever
uhh intriguing intriguing
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).