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In Time (DVD)
Member Name: malihat
In Time (DVD)
Date: 15/04/12, updated on 04/03/13 (149 review reads)
Advantages: Different storyline, entertaining, decent acting.
Disadvantages: Drags a little, some unnecessary scenes, Seyfried's acting wasn't great.
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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Summary: A good film that doesn't just appeal to sci-fi fans.