Ryan O'Reilly’s review published on Letterboxd :
In Time (2011) Review
“In Time” isn’t so much a film I want to critique on it’s film merit, sure it had promise but the most interesting part of the film ends up being the philosophical idea’s behind it the plot. Justin Timberlake manages quite a convincing performance for a singer whilst Seyfried, despite being a central character, manages to add almost nothing to the film.
The film revolves around Will Salas (Timberlake) and his constant race against time, the risks he takes and his new driving mission in life after an untimely and traumatic epiphany event. The film creates a world where normal currency has been replaced by giving you more time to live when you earn it. Despite the obvious ideologies present behind it relating to the financial crisis and the 99% vs 1%, it integrates the concerns of over population and the use of this new currency as a way to control it. Each person in this world is allowed to live to the age of 25 and from there on stops ageing physically, however there is a trade off in physical health and cosmetic looks that is from there on out you’re at risk of your life clock running down unless you “earn” more time. “For a few to be immortal, many must die” is a line that is used in the film to justify the system for the capitalist beneficiary of it. In a capitalist society, there’s always going to be winners and losers, in this fictional society these losers no longer even get the chance to live.
Despite all of this political and philisophical ideologies lurking quite obviously in this film, it still manages to keep the pace of an action film, whilst trying to sprinkle in a modern day version of Bonnie and Clyde. Worth a watch overall, but certainly not a masterpiece of synergy between ideas.