Watched Jul 07, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
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 anyone by the wrist and take time away from them? Why do banks have no security at all? Are people born like this or is something surgically implanted after? If Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is nothing more then a factory worker why does he have the gun and driving skills of James Bond? Why does he continually have plans that rely on people being as dumb as nails, and why does his plans always work? How can every single character in the movie use puns related to time with a straight face?
It's really too bad that it turned out like this because at the beginning of the film I was really getting into how this world worked even though there was a big "WHY?" hanging over everything. The performances are decent and it makes me wish I'd see Cillian Murphy in better films. I'm not sure if Andrew Niccol is cut out to direct and write action movies. I think this would have turned out a lot better if it was more along the lines of Gattaca with less action and more social commentary.