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In-Time was released in November 2011 and I saw it at the cinema then recently bought it on DVD and watched it again. So I thought it was about time I reviewed it. It is written and directed by Andrew Niccol.
The film is set in the future in the year 2169 in a world where currency has been altered and now takes the form of time. Human beings have been genetically altered to stop aging at age 25 and a digital clock on their arm (which they are now born with) starts ticking showing a year's worth of time. They then have to earn time by working and use the time to live (use it to buy food and do anything we would use money for). If the clock reaches zero the person instantly dies. Time can also be transferred between people simply by making physical contact arm to arm. Death can only come with either timing out (this can include 'murder' where a person's clock is cleared unwillingly) or by being killed as a result of an accident (e.g.: being shot or overdosing on drugs).
America now has clear divisions which revolve around how wealthy one is. The majority live in Dayton which is the poorest time-zone also known as the ghetto. There are regular deaths in Dayton where seeing a dead body lying the street isn't unusual. Most people in Dayton have less than a day accumulated on their clock, including Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and his mother Rachel (Olivia Wilde). One can move between different time-zones however to make it to the wealthier areas (the wealthiest being New Greenwich) you have to pay in time to get past the borders and it becomes more expensive the further you go.. It reaches the point where entry to New Greenwich is one year! Therefore movement between time-zones is very rare and unusual.
Will Salas ends witnesses 105 year old Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) get involved in a potential bar fight. Matt is from New Greenwich and has 100 years on his clock, therefore is asking for trouble being in the ghetto. Will saves him and takes him to a safe place for the night where they fall asleep. When will wakes up he has 100 years on his clock and realises these have been given to him by Matt who he then watches commit suicide on a bridge. It isn't long before the timekeepers (police) find out about this and they wrongly assume that Will has stolen the time from Matt and thus killed him.
The film then gets going and Will heads to Greenwich to seek revenge on the rich. This is where he meets the daughter of the richest man in Greenwich Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) who goes on the run with him with the aim to overthrow the system.
Having written out a summary of the plot I've realised that in writing it sounds a bit far-fetched and stupid, but actually it is quite the opposite. When watching the film I thought it was a very clever and interesting concept of a world with a new currency that encourages more corruption and death than our current one. It is clear that the initial concept is very well thought out and everything matches it within the film, thus making it a consistent watch. It is a very dystopic film and goes all out on this and stays serious throughout, yet it wasn't depressing to watch as such.
I liked that the film was bordering on fantasy in the sense that the way this world works is so different from ours, yet it is possible to imagine and in many ways still relates to society and economics today, only more extreme. Therefore it was kind of in the middle between fantasy and reality, so offered a certain level of escapism without being an all-out fantasy.
The plot starts off slowly, giving time to introduce this alternate future world and allowing the viewer to gain a full understanding of it. Yet as soon as the main plot gets going things speed up which reflects the panic felt by the protagonists when their time is running out. Initially I thought the plot might be quite straight forward, but as the film progresses it becomes more complex and gave me something to get in to. It made easy watching and there weren't any major twists as such, but there was enough story for it to be engaging. I often find, even during some of my favourite films, that there is a point where I get a bit tired and either lose interest in the plot, or wish it would finish soon. However in this film it didn't happen. It isn't too long of a film and there is always something going on to keep you interested and keep your attention.
I liked the main characters created by the film and they were easy to relate to and the sort of characters that you want to survive, therefore I found myself rooting for them and genuinely caring for the outcome and their fate. This added a lot to the film and made the watching experience more fun. I also loved the editing used in the film to create this dystopic future world. Everything constantly looked grey and even the scenes in the rich areas were made to look very dark and dystopic. It was really believable and looked amazing, and really complimented the whole film. The soundtrack was also very dark and grinding with matched everything else really well.
The acting in the film was very good. I'm not a great fan of Justin Timberlake and I just can't take to him as an actor, yet I can't deny that he was very good in this film and was easy to watch and natural. I would say it is one of the better roles he has played and whilst the character wasn't challenging as such (due to being quite an straightforward, ordinary person) he still did well throughout. I'm also not a huge fan of Amanda Seyfried yet again I couldn't really fault her performance in this film. It was nothing ground-breaking or particularly memorable, but was natural and she didn't overact which is something she might usually do.
Other cast worth mentioning are Cillian Murphy who plays corrupt timekeeper 'Jaegar'. He makes a really great bad guy and I genuinely disliked him through the film, therefore he pulled it off. Olivia Wilde gave a short but strong performance as Wills Mum Rachel Salas. The film also stars Alex Pettyfer who plays rich Fortis who has formulated a gang and goes around the ghetto stealing time from others. He also plays the bad guy well and creates a cocky irritating character, perfect for the role. Overall the film is well cast and whilst I wouldn't say any of the performances stood out as outstanding and no role was notably challenging, yet they were all strong and good to watch. The concept of the film alone would make it worth watching, but the acting made it even better.
I'm giving this film 5 stars because it was very enjoyable to watch due to the interesting plot and concept which was carried well from start to finish, perfect editing to match the concept and strong acting throughout. It is one of those films I feel I could watch again and again, therefore it is highly recommended.
I had read through a few reviews of this film on here and as there was nothing much else on Sky I found myself sitting down to watch this film on Sky On Demand. I have always found JT a bit of eye candy myself so I thought if anything I can just perve over him for the entire duration - BIG MISTAKE!
- Plot -
In a Sci-fi concept, once a person reaches 25 years old, they stop ageing and have one year left to live. Time is currency in that it can be spend for everyday life, and once time runs out....well thats just it. So does life.
Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas who after saving a rich guy in a bar, is gifted over a century as the guy is tired and wants his time to be up. After a distressing scene with his mother he sets off to New Greenwich, a more elite time zone to take down the banks and the big guns with all the time. However, he is accused of theft and is being pursued by the power hunger Cillian Murphy.
He then meets Time Loan boss Phillipe Weis in a casino and after winning 1100 years they decide for a rematch at his house - where he meets and takes hostage his daughter Amanda Seyfried. Now on the run it is a race against time to bring equality to the other zones and get his revenge.
- My Opinion -
Between Justin Timberlake's emotionless and bored beyond extent acting and Amanda Seyfried's awful wig I honestly don't know where to start and why I somehow ended up watching this film to the end! Amanda Seyfried annoys me and always has....is it just me or are her eyes just really far apart and she constantly looks like she's staring you out?!
Anyway, her and Justin in my opinion have absolutely no chemistry. The acting between them just looks forced, and more often than not Justin looks like he is having a hard time remembering his lines and also to act out the requisite emotion simultaneously. I felt this film was a bit out of his depth, and in the scene when he was due to display great emotion and grief, I had absolutely no empathy as a) I saw it coming and b) his fake crying just made me want to laugh lol. Alex Pettyfer as some kind of time thief was really just rubbish and a waste of screen time if you ask me. He was nice to look at in the beginning but by the end whenever he came up I really just had the urge to fast forward!
Funnily enough, Cillian Murphy actually held his own as the timekeeper, and managed to keep some kind of pace and bring some decent acting to the screen. I've always felt he is a bit underrated and I think he saved this film from being a total failure.
The storyline itself is actually really interesting, and a good concept which I hadn't seen in a film before. I was worried at the beginning it would be too complicated (to this day I have no clue what The Matrix is about and I've seen all 3 films! the first one more than once!)
The film starts out quite slow, with a sombre, snooze fest but once JT and Amanda were on the run there was a bit more action for me to get my teeth into. The film did at some points try to be a bit funny but i just transpired to be more awkward than amusing to be honest. It fluctuated between up and down, where by the end everything just seemed too cliche and of course the stereotypical ending - however it was annoying as so much was unexplained and left up in the air! Almost as if the director/script writer just wanted to get it over with so thought they would just quickly end the film.
- Overall -
The film is decent length, and has a run time of 109 mins. It's not Oscar worthy or mind blowingly brilliant unfortunately. I think if it had two enigmatic and exhilarating lead characters it would have faired far better in my review and probably in the cinema too. So with this in mind I can only give it 3 stars (and that's pushing it really!) as it isn't the worst film I have seen by a long mile but it really wasn't the best.
In Time Film and DVD review.
In time is a movie that was written, produced and Directed by Andrew Niccol. I had heard of it last year but it only came to my attention again last week when a friend asked me if I could get hold of it for him. It stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy and runs for one hour and forty-nine minutes. It was released to cinemas in October 2011 in the United States and a week later Worldwide. The DVD hit the shelves in January 2012. The movie is a fantasy based science fiction story and has a plot that would see it neatly holed in to the thriller genre as well. It is fast paced and entertaining and well worth a watch. A lot of people would cringe at the thought of watching Timberlake in a lead role but I think he is an emerging actor and plays this part really well, regardless of what some of the reviewers with obvious jealousy driven egos might say. More about that later in the review; for now let's take a look at the plot.
Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives in a world where humans are genetically manufactured to live up to the age of twenty-five. Once a person hits twenty-five they receive a luminous implanted clock on their left forearm. This clock only lasts for a year and then they die. In order to live longer they have to replenish the clock with time credits. They do this by going to work where they are paid in time or by pawning items or taking out a time line. If a person's clock reaches zero, they die. Will lives day to day with his clock running to its last thirty minutes on most days. The government are making everything more and more expensive in order to cull the population; if everyone lived forever the earth would soon become over-crowded. The problem with this system, at least from Will's point of view is that the rich people can live for hundreds of years while the poorer are dying off in their droves. One example is Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser), the father of Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), a fat-cat who sits pretty in his mansion with heavy guards with thousands of years on his clock and a million in a vault. Salas rescues a man in a bar who is buying everyone drinks. The man has one hundred and sixteen years on his clock. Will knows that time thieves and people in this rough neighbourhood will do anything to get at the man's time. Will helps him escape and they hole up in a derelict building.
The following morning, the man transfers all but five minutes of his clock to Will while he sleeps and after leaving Will a message proceeds to sit on the edge of a bridge until his clock runs out. Will runs towards the bridge after spotting him but his efforts are in vain. He is caught on camera looking over the bridge at the dead body.Will rushes home to meet his Mother at their usual place but she doesn't turn up to devastating consequences. The police are called time-keepers and Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) is convinced that Will has stolen the other man's time. What begins is a deadly game of cat and mouse and a determination to break the system. The only problem is does Will have enough time to make a difference.
In Time had the potential to be a Sci-fi classic but ended up being a run-of-the-mill affair that is entertaining none-the-less. Niccol's vision and concept is brilliant but he didn't quite manage to pull off the complete package. I don't mean to be unfair to all the hard work he has obviously put into this movie but I am merely being honest. I enjoyed the movie and it got me thinking so that is a plus but it just fails with the wow-factor.Justin Timberlake is brilliant as Will Salas and his character is believable. In the opening scene where he gets out of bed with no top on I thought 'here we go' but thankfully the movie centres on his acting skills and his charisma rather than his body.
Amanda Seyfried plays well alongside him but her character is not as defined as Timberlake's and therefore not as involving or believable but she still does a great job and I liked her. She has that strange looking quality about her that reminds me a little of Christina Ricci.
Cillian Murphy is as brilliant and chilling as ever and plays the part of Raymond Leon to perfection. The Murphy, what you see is what you get and you will never see him blag his way through a role.
The movie is beautifully shot and cinematographer Roger Deakins certainly knows what he is doing. The movie often has that apocalyptic feel to it as the cool greys of day turn into the orange duskiness of evening and it all adds to the urgency of the plot. Niccol has got the pacing right for sure and keeps it flashing along nicely. I just wish he could've gone into the corruption at the top level a little more and given a little more history of how it all began to bolster the plot and story.
The concept, as I mentioned, is a really good one. It's not new by any stretch of the imagination and harps back to TV series of old such as 'Logan's Run' to mention one of the better known series. It could also be looked upon as a futuristic or fantasy based play on Robin Hood. The idea of having your time biologically ticking away on your arm is quite a frightening concept. Imagine having nineteen hours left and it costs two hours to get to work on the bus and two hours back. An hour for a coffee and an hour and a half for lunch and that's not to mention your bills. There are moments in the movie where Will's time is almost out and it makes for an exciting ride of how the hell he is going to get more time or if indeed he is. Of course we all know that he will but it is an exciting story-line all the same.I think we just have to hope that something like this never happens, and it is plausible that it could, because the world would be a crazy place. People would be robbed of their time and life in every nook, cranny and corner of the globe. For that reason, the movie is a good demonstration of human nature and what we do to survive. Indeed, the movie does read like an experiment or test at times and is quite frightening when you allow yourself to become involved.
The direction and acting in the movie is top notch but it just comes up short of being really memorable and considered as a top notch movie. I really did enjoy it though, and I can safely say that it is not a dud. The acting saves the plot in a way and it gets through on the concept and likeability of the characters. I just wish that Niccol had added a little more padding as in this case it would've given the viewer the background they needed. Maybe he didn't want to ruin the fast pace of the movie or the continuity, but to be honest, by rushing through it he has managed the very thing he tried to avoid, which leaves the movie struggling to move on at some points. Some of the holes in the plot seem to be over-ridden by the fast pace at times and for Niccol's sake it at least works to a certain extent.There are some flaws in the continuity and there are some bad decisions made by characters but I have never been one to criticise this as directors and writers work very hard and one of my pet hates is the 'That wouldn't happen in real life' line that so often pops out of people's mouths and usually people who don't know what they are talking about. All I can say to that is that movies and books are mostly fiction; fiction, you know that thing that we create using our imagination in order to have people do what they normally wouldn't do in real life. How boring movies would be if people just did what we all do every day.
It is definitely a movie for a Sunday afternoon and is good enough and entertaining enough to be recommended. Timberlake can be safe in the knowledge that he will get more roles on the back of this and rightly so. I think he deserves a lot of credit for his performance and I for one prefer to see him doing this rather than prancing around like a chicken and sounding like an old Sega Mario game.
The DVD is available at all good stores and online stockists and if you shop around you can find it for a really good price. The original release contains about 12 minutes of extras including deleted scenes and theatrical trailers. The Blue-Ray version contains featurettes, making of and cast interviews.
In Time is a sci fi thriller set in the future where time has become the currency. Everyone lives until they are 25 and then at the age of 25 a clock on their arm starts and they are given a year to live but they have to trade time in order to buy things and to live longer. It sounds a bit far fetched and like nonsense when I explain it like that but it is actually a really good film!
It's a film that makes you think. Obviously there is a hierarchy and a gap between those who have lots of time and those who have very little. There are time zones and you're not able to cross into the richer timezones unless you can afford to pay a lot of time - there's very little social mobility.
It stars Justin Timberlake and I was very impressed with him as an actor - I think he should stick to it and give up the singing!
It's a film that gets you thinking about the capitalist society that we live in and people's greed. It is very well made and has a well thought through plot (although why the time banks don't have better security I don't know!). It was very enjoyable and thought provoking.
I'd built up very high hopes for this film, and it's safe to say I wasn't disappointed. The premise struck me from the start as interesting and unique, and the plot, although relatively basic, managed to cover a lot of interesting ground. Justin Timberlake's acting career seems to be going from strength to strength and he plays a great leading action man, and the romance between Will and Sylvia adds a great 'Bonnie and Clyde' touch to the movie. Many films give visions of the future with big skyscrapers and insane technological advances, but other than the time aspect the world seems pretty much the same, making it feel more realistic than a lot of sci-fi movies.
If you're not a big fan of sci-fi like me, don't be put off by the label as it's very different to the stereotype of the genre. Think Bonnie and Clyde with a Robin Hood attitude and some kick-ass action sequences and you're just about there, definitely worth a watch!
I was immediately intrigued after watching the trailer and have now finally seen this movie to be pleasantly surprised! I actually really like it even though it could've been soooo much better!
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Set in a dystopian future, time is currency. At the age of 25, each person stops aging and is given one year to live. Time can be earned, spent, stolen...
Zone 12 ghetto worker Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) saves a wealthy man and gets gifted 116 years, but loses his mother as she is travelling home form work within a split second of reaching her because the timekeepers raised the prices for the bus.
Feeling the injustice of the time system, Will travels to New Greenwich to seek revenge, whilst he is hunted by timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy), who is accusing Will of murder. Having met daughter of time loan boss Philippe Weis, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) and has his time stripped by Raymond, he kidnaps her and goes on the run.
The buildup of the plot is fascinating and super intriguing. The emotional scene of Will's mother dying in his arms was such a strong seed for character building and the idea a catalyst for a thrilling sci-fi plot. But where the film begins to go wrong is just after that when Will heads of New Greenwich. Here, the film loses all its emotional grittiness, characters stopped developing (what happened to Will's dad etc) and from this point on, it follows all the typical rhythms of a blockbuster action/chase thriller without much steam.
Following a seen-it-before formula, the film lost its originality and became predictable. It doesn't matter why they're running or what they need/want... the result is going to be the same and is just like any other typical film.
Whilst an array of tense/action scenes are thrown in, many lacked tension and the predictability of it made them lose strength. The car chases were dull and Sylvia running in heels was completely believable... not.
Despite certain pitfalls of the film, an emotional penultimate scene which bookmarks the beginning does redeem the movie, if ultimately it ends in the cheesiest way possible. *cringe*
Justin Timberlake- Will Salas
Amanda Seyfried- Sylvia Weis
Cillian Murphy- Raymond Leon
Olivia Wilde- Will's Mother
Vincent Kartheiser- Philippe Weis
Also stars Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galeki and Yaya DaCosta.
The film boasts an array of young stars, with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried leading the pack. Seyfried looked phenomenal with her auburn wig, though her squeaky voice did not help in her portrayal of a sophisticated Sylvia Weis. Justin Timberlake was surprisingly more genuine in this movie- I thought he did well emotionally compared to some of his other roles!
Cillian Murphy doesn't shine but should be acknowledged and it was nice to see ANTM's Yaya DaCosta in a small role.
'In Time' was set up to be a phenomenal sci-fi action thriller. Perhaps in the hands of Christopher Nolan or someone better and armed with a stronger script, the film would've achieved its full potential. Nonetheless, time flew whilst watching the movie and it was certainly enjoyable (minus the cheesy script and cheesy ending) even if it had potential to be much greater and more thought-provoking.
I noticed a few reasonably positive reviews for this and checking out the blurb on Amazon tempted me to check it out for myself. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect or convinced on how good it would be, possibly given this is a Justin Timberlake film, but it was actually an enjoyable enough watch.
In Time was directed, and written, by Andrew Niccol, who has worked on several films including Gattaca, The Truman Show and Lord Of War, so his knowledge and expertise was put to work here. I'd say the film falls within the sci-fi action genre as it's quite detached from reality. We're introduced to a new way of life, a new world pretty much, where the currency is life rather than money. To buy and sell things you exchange seconds, minutes, hours, days or years of your life, as measured by a digital wristband. Once you reach 25 you will stop aging (imagine that, the anti-wrinkle companies will go out of business!) but the clock starts ticking down from 1 year, so you could potentially die very quickly, or, if you're born in to riches or get rich quick, you could live a very long time.
Intro Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a man from a more working class side of the tracks who gets wrapped up in something far more complex than he could have imagined when he's falsely accused of murder. He receives a donation of many, many years but with this comes the penalty of having the Time police on his back hunting him down. He escapes to see the higher class side of life and comes across a beautiful young woman born in to 'money', Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried). But he's not for the likes of her and when those around him, including Sylvia and her 'rich' father, find out he has been charged with murder, he has little option but to make a run for it. Knowing he needs some form of ammunition, he takes Sylvia as his 'hostage', though they both have more in common than first appearances.
Neither are happy with the way the world works, with the rich hoarding years of life and the rich struggling day to day and dying looking for just a few extra minutes. The question is, will these genetically-engineered lives make it to their ultimate goal, and do they even know what that is? Can they really do anything to change it, or will time run out before they can escape?
I thought the plot was quite creative and interesting, both in terms of its originality and its sense of hidden morals. There was just enough suspense built up to keep you wondering what would happen next and how things would eventually pan out which made it more engrossing to watch from start to finish. Part of this was thanks to the cast as they made it more enjoyable and warm, made it easier to empathise and to feel engaged by what was happening. The protagonist was played well by Timberlake, which I actually found quite surprising. Okay, he wasn't amazing and is unlikely to win awards, but he was believable enough and didn't come across as either too wooden or too singer-turned-actor for my liking. Taking second lead, Sylvia was played equally well by Amanda, and their on-the-run relationship was reasonably entertaining to watch without being sickly sweet. In fact, it could have been far more clichéd than it was, though I'm still not a huge fan of happy ever afters or mushy falling-in-love within a day plots. Fortunately, the main focus was on action and the futuristic plot at heart, rather than on romance, which was a positive in my opinion. Other cast included Cillian Murphy (Raymond Leon, aka the Timekeeper), Olivia Wilde (Will's mum) and Johnny Galecki (Borel, he's the guy from Big Bang Theory but he has a minimal role), all of which added a bit more credibility and sense of higher quality to the flick.
The scenes were well done and yet not too over the top in terms of their futuristicness, making it easier to watch with a slightly greater sense of realism. It felt like a decent amount of time and effort went in to creating the sequences, the script, casting, effects etc so it ended up with an overall well-rounded and good quality feel to it. It didn't feel overly Hollywood either, admittedly it might have done in parts where it seemed a tad cheesy and not as dark and gritty as it could have been, but it could definitely have been worse.
The film flowed well with a consistent pace so it kept my attention quite well throughout. I didn't necessarily think all aspects of the plot were water-tight, however, so you do need to just 'go with it' and perhaps not look too deeply in to the nitty gritty. I did like the more moral aspects of the film and the underlying tones, including things along the line of the value of life, the distribution of wealth, class divides and the importance of those closest to you. This helped to give the film a more three dimensional aspect and made it more intelligent against the backdrop of a sci-fi action thriller sequence.
The notion of this type of reality was interesting, though I do think some aspects of the film could have been done better in terms of it being a bit darker, more gritty, more demanding of attention. Having said that, it was still enjoyable enough to watch even if I wouldn't rush to watch it again. Don't expect anything mind-blowing, and it's a bit of enjoyable nonsense that may get you thinking.
Extras on the DVD include 6 deleted and extended scenes
DVD released 2012, rated Certificate 12.
Selling on Amazon for £11.99
I am really not a sci-fi fan so this isn't the kind of film I usually watch-I prefer chick flicks and horror films. However, when I saw the trailer for this film a few months ago, I was quite interested and really wanted to watch it, but didn't get a chance to until fairly recently.
Justin Timberlake as Will Salas
Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis
Cillian Murphy as Raymond Leon
Shyloh Oostwald as Maya
Olivia Wilde as Rachel Salas
Matt Bomer as Henry Hamilton
This film is set in the future where time is the currency used. Once you turn 25 you stop ageing, but after that you get only one more year to live. After a year, your "watch" goes down to zero and you die, unless you have managed to get some time somehow. Time is used as currency in that you get time when you work, but you have to give time to pay rent, buy things, etc. The rich are essentially immortal while the poor have to work really hard for time, and beg for and steal time, and usually end up dead. Will Salas lives from hour to hour, until one day, when he receives a kind (and huge) donation of time. The Timekeepers (cops, essentially) don't buy his story though, and so Will is forced to go on the run, kidnapping rich girl Sylvia Weis and trying to correct everything that is wrong with the system.
Sorry if that sounds vague, I just don't want to give away too much of the story!
What I thought
I thought Justin Timberlake was quite good as Will Salas-he played the role of the good guy really well and his emotions felt really genuine. Amanda Seyfried plays the role of a rich girl suffocated by her father and never really allowed to "live". Her acting really wasn't as good as it has been in previous films and her character just wasn't very believable. Cillian Murphy played the role of a Timekeeper and out of the 3 main characters, his acting was definitely the best. He plays the tough guy role very well, never expressing any sympathy or concern-he just wants to do his job.
The film did drag a little-there were lots of scenes with Timberlake and Seyfried in the middle that were unnecessary and really had no impact on the film. There were also way too many chasing scenes. With a runtime of 109 minutes, the film wasn't very long but my attention did falter for a bit, and I think the film could have been a little shorter.
I thought this film was quite different and creative-I know they say time is money, but I certainly never would have thought of time really becoming money. The acting is decent enough, and while the story does drag a little, it did manage to hold my interest till the end, and I did want to know how things would end. The film is kind of open-ended, but the ending did manage to satisfy me. I did enjoy the film and would recommend it if you have a few hours to spare, but I would not watch it again. The film is rated PG-13 for violence, some sexualty and partial nudity, and strong language.
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I'm a sci-fi nerd and I watched this film after someone who knows me recommended it. This is a 2011 release directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Justin Timberlake in the lead role with 'Sunshine' star Cillian Murphy and Amanda Seyfried in supporting roles.
The movie is set in a futuristic style alternative Earth where people can only reach the age of 25 before a strange digital glowing clock appears on their arm with a countdown timer giving them another year of life. After this you always look as though you are 25 years old and time is now currency and can be earned, bought, stolen or borrowed. The more time you have on your clock the more time you have to live. As your clock winds down to zero it's essential to somehow gain more time or you quite simply die on the spot. People in this strange world live in different time zones - those rich in time have decades on their clocks whilst the poor survive on just hours. It's a concept that is explained right away in the movie and then repeatedly explained for the first half of the film through various means.
Justin Timberlake plays ghetto boy Will Sallis who lives with his mother in the beginning of the film. I have to say that despite them playing mother and son I really liked the chemistry between Timberlake and Olivia Wilde who plays his gorgeous (25 year old in appearance) mother. This actress also came across as more interesting and watchable than Amanda Seyfried and I was dissapointed that Wilde was not chosen as the lead actress in the piece. Timberlake is of average ability in this role which, to be honest, doesn't require a lot of emotional response from the lead. Most of Timberlake's performance involves running away from the bad guys. On the one occasion he is required to show off his acting skills when his character is bereaved I found myself giggling a little at his attempt to portray genuine tears and angst.
I found Seyfried interesting to look at with her strange wide eyes and space-alien face but I didn't find the attitude problem her character is supposed to have very convincing. She portrays her character Sylvia in a very childlike manner and is not particularly cool, sassy or sexy which she perhaps should have been to sustain my interest. The romance between Sylvia and Will is convincing but at no point was I remotely concerned about the safety of either character, despite their being several near death experiences over the course of the film.
When I saw Cillian Murphy appear on screen I felt quite relieved as I have seen him in many good roles and know he's an interesting and competent actor. He plays a 'timekeeper' here which is the equivilent of a cop. His character is supposed to be quite old and I liked that Murphy was able to transmit this sense of agedness through his artistry. He is one of the few characters whose history seems important and who you want to know more about.
The plot of the movie involves Will and Sylvia effecting a Bonnie and Clyde style relationship and trying to share out time amongst the different classes. As this storyline unfolded I felt more and more like this movie was one huge allegory of our real life financial systems and I felt like I was being lectured a little on why the rich should stay rich and the poor should have to keep working for it!
I did start to find the chase and action scenes a little tedious and the constant running shots of Timberlake become laughable in the end. There are several do-overs of the same scenario which I thought was lazy and tedious. There are other moments which should be monumental and which simply fall flat. This is not just the fault of the actors but of the director and writers too.
Ultimately I was unmoved by the whole movie. Although I managed to watch it until the end and be marginally entertained by the action and unusual sci-fi elements I did wish it had been different in many aspects. I think different casting of the two leads could certainly have improved the film and I would have liked the lead characters to be more fleshed out and easier to relate to and admire. I also think it would have been an intelligent move to perhaps hint at why this world uses time as currency rather than just assume the audience are willing to accept this odd fantasy without questioning it. Cillian Murphy is perhaps a little too good to be involved in a film that I found remarkably reminiscent of 'The Adjustment Bureau'.
The DVD and Blu-Ray are out now but if I was you I'd borrow a friend's copy instead.
About the film
In Time is a 2011 dystopian science-fiction thriller film. The date for DVD release is 27th February. In Time is rated 12 due to violence, language and some scenes of a sexual nature and partial nudity. The film has a run time of 109 minutes.
Set in 2161, the world has changed completely. Genetic alteration has made it possible for people to stop ageing at 25. The problem is, the whole world runs on time and if you run out, you die. Time is the way in which people get paid, pay their rent and buy anything and everything. The world is divided up into different time zones which reflect how much time people in them have. 28 year old Will Salas lives in the ghetto, living from day to day and hoping to stay alive as long as possible. Playing the hero, Will saves a man will a lot of time from being killed and in return, he gives him all of his time as a gift.
With all of this new time, Will realises he can do whatever he wants. What he doesn't bargain for though is being on the run from the Timekeepers with an extremely beautiful girl from a world so far away from his own.
Justin Timberlake as Will Salas
Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis
Cillian Murphy as Timekeeper Raymond León
Shyloh Oostwald as Maya
Olivia Wilde as Rachel Salas
Matt Bomer as Henry Hamilton
Christiann Castellanos as Jasmine
Alex Pettyfer as Fortis
La Monde Byrd as Minuteman Rado
Paul David Story as Minuteman Roth
What I thought
I love Justin Timberlake and when he began his acting career, I was a bit unsure of how it would pan out. Steadily, his films are getting better and better and so are his performances. Timberlake plays Will Salas, the main man of In Time. The film is a lot edgier than his previous releases, Friends with Benefits and Bad Teacher. As Timberlake is better known for his comedic roles, I was a little apprehensive to see him do something serious and action packed. Luckily, he was fantastic as Will. Coming from the ghetto and a poor family, Timberlake gave Will just enough edge to be believable but was also nice and likeable at the same time. Seeing Will struggle every day made me instantly want him to be able to do better. As the film went on and the pace began to quicken, Timberlake just kept on getting better. He did so well in every scene - the fast, action scenes, the more tender scenes and all of his dialogue was delivered extremely well. His best film so far I think.
Normally, I hate Amanda Seyfried. I haven't really liked her in any of her films so far and I didn't even know she was in this before seeing it. In Time has now changed my opinion of Seyfried. Playing Sylvia Weis, Seyfried makes her character interesting from the start. The way she looks makes Sylvia very mysterious and I wasn't sure for a while what she was all about. Once Sylvia meets Will though, it all becomes quite clear. Daughter of one of the richest men, a man with a hell of a lot of time, Sylvia is very protected, having to go everywhere with guards. She is so different from Will and has such a different upbringing/ view on how time works. The two instantly had a lot of chemistry, something that Timberlake seems to be able to have with any actress. I loved the pair of them together and once they got put together, the film got a whole lot better, even though it was already good at this point.
In Time has some fantastic bad guys. Cillian Murphy plays Timekeeper Raymond León, the guy chasing Will and Sylvia. Wearing a long leather black coat and his overall look, he has a 'Neo' feeling too him but a bad version. He looks and acts mean throughout the film, never breaking character and I really loved him and his performance. I certainly wouldn't want to be chased by him at any point. Then we have Alex Pettyfer as Fortis, a kind of lead gang member of the ghetto. I have never been his biggest fan but again, I was surprised by him in this film. He was a lot darker and edgier compared to his other roles and he really did give me the creeps. Applause all around for the bad guys of this film.
The concept for the plot was extremely interesting and refreshing. Something like this I have never seen done before and was glad to see something different. I loved the idea that everything was bought or sold in time and that every person had a clock counting down on their arm. It made the film very futuristic (it is dystopian after all) and exciting to see people's clocks run down or how much time they had. It was a great idea to be able to let people share time and swap it around as and when they wished as well. I really enjoyed every aspect of the plot and cannot really fault any of it.
The pacing too was amazing. The beginning of the film introduces the audience to a world they have no idea about and explains what is going on. The concept of time was easy to pick up and understand and because of this, it didn't take long for the film to really begin. Quickly, you get a sense of how bad it is for some people and what they have to do to survive. The pacing doesn't really start slow but it does keep on getting quicker and quicker as the film goes on. There isn't really much down time in this film and I loved that. Everything about it is intense, exciting and thrilling.
One thing I will say though is continuity was not the best. One thing in particular bugged me a lot. Seyfried runs around in shoes with insanely high heels and I was sat there thinking 'how the hell is she doing that?' - then I saw the problems. Whenever she is running, you can see that her shoes have been changed to flats. After noticing this for the first time, it was all I could see for a while and I wish it had been blended in better.
In Time is one of the best films I have seen for ages and highly recommend seeing it.