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92 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOT A MINUTE?, November 6, 2011
This review is from: In Time [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital copy] (Blu-ray)
In the future "time is money." Literally. People live to 25 years old, after which time they have one year left, then they die. The good news is that you can buy time and live forever, but only the rich can do that. Everyone else is struggling to stay alive. Currency is done in time, transferred by computer chips installed in the forearm. A cup of coffee will cost you 4 minutes of your life. I kept thinking about "Logan's Run" as I watched this film.

The cliche possibilities are endless and they are not shy about using them. "All the time in world." "Got a minute." "Too much time on my hands" "Who's got the time?" "You must come from time." "Taken years off my life." "Drank his life away." "Too much time in the wrong hands..." "I had the time to buy one of these." "Thank you for your time." "The time he has taken." "It would take a million years." Ouch!

"Hey big spender, spend a little time with me." "I'd give a year of my life just to spend an hour with her." These didn't make the cut.

Timberlake plays Will Salas, a man struggling to pay the bills and stay alive along with his mother Rachel (Olivia Wilde). Will saves the life of a rich man who was 108. He wanted to die. From him we get the class warfare speech of the movie. Many must die so a few might live. Taxes and prices are raised to make sure the poor die. Like most science fiction features, they have a social commentary.

While Will was asleep, the rich man gives him his time so he can die. Rich people literally live in a different "time zone" so they don't get mugged by those who work for the weekend.

Timberlake is 5 stars in comedies, but as a dramatic actor, he was unconvincing in this role, which may have been the director's fault. Will is supposed to have passion to distinguish himself from the cautious rich. He lacks, he should have never been in that role (Keanu Reeves spoiled us). Timberlake would have been more convincing as a rich tycoon. Much of the acting was stiff by design, but that made for a bad movie. Other than the time devices, the technology was circa 1985 with no pay phones, 80's automobiles, and no cell phones.

No real sex or nudity. One f-bomb.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2012 10:16:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2012 10:17:55 AM PST
"Taxes and prices are raised to make sure the poor die. Like most science fiction features, they have a social commentary."
Sounds a lot like the political circus going on now. Tax the poor and middle class, leave the rich alone. Only they can cure the country's ills.
Soon, very soon there willl be only two classes in the U.S. Serfs and Kings. Just like in the olde days.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 9:16:03 AM PST
J. White says:
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Posted on Feb 4, 2012 10:33:37 AM PST
Sevillano says:
You give it 4 stars but seem to slate it at the end of your review?? Make up up your mind!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 8:50:21 PM PST
4 stars means "I like it." That is the Amazon rating system. It has nothing to do with the quality of the film, or if you will like it.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 5:49:55 PM PST
Neurasthenie says:
Seriously?

Your reasoning lacks sense and you've got no sense of how a ranking system works.
Make up your mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 7:52:19 PM PST
When you review a movie and move your clicker over the stars, it tells you what it means. 4 stars means "I like it" according to the Amazon review system. 3 stars for example means "so-so". I can like a movie and be stiil be critical of its faults. In this case, I liked the movie for its message, but it was poorly executed. People love "Twilight" even though the acting sucks.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 1:26:25 AM PST
Rachel Jasse says:
Too much info in the summary. . . Spoils the movie for others

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 5:36:43 AM PST
Dwayne says:
watch a movie for the journey rather than the destination, its more satisfying that way, and you'll have less to whine about
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