In Time [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital copy]
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Every second counts in this sexy, stylish action-thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, borrow, steal or inherit more time. But when a poor, working-class man (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he teams up with a beautiful heiress (Seyfried) and must figure out a way to bring down the corrupt system before their dwindling life clocks run out!
As a storyteller, Andrew Niccol tends to think big, tackling heady subjects such as genetic predestination (Gattaca), the nature of reality (The Truman Show), and celebrity in the cyber age (S1m0ne). In Time, Niccol's first film since 2005's Lord of War, has a typically gigantic premise--a world where everyone over 25 years old must pay for every continued second of their existence--but stumbles in the execution. While the ideas are exceedingly clever, the telling isn't especially witty. Justin Timberlake stars as a goodhearted but desperate minimum-wager trapped in a society where the rich are essentially immortal and the poor see their lifespan shorten with every purchase. (A cup of coffee costs 4 minutes, taking the bus also takes 30 minutes off of your life, and so on.) After being gifted with a century by a mysterious benefactor, he begins a romance with a beautiful socialite (Amanda Seyfried), whose father holds the key to the entire monetary system. Matters are complicated with the introduction of a relentless time cop (Cillian Murphy) with his own motivations for restoring the unnatural balance of things. Niccol has fun laying out the aspects of a world where even the elderly are genetically frozen at age 25 (the scenes where Timberlake interacts with his mother, played by a disturbingly spry Olivia Wilde, are an unsavory hoot), but has difficulty translating the ingenuity of his concept to a compelling narrative, which rapidly devolves into a mix of uninspired chase scenes and a succession of time-related puns that would have trouble passing muster on a Laffy Taffy wrapper. (The bad guys threaten to clean Timberlake's clock. Repeatedly.) While science fiction aficionados will find much to chew on in Niccol's askew reality, In Time never quite hits the marks that its own ideas suggest. As a film, it's more fun to think about than watch. --Andrew Wright
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"We're genetically engineered to stop aging at 25. The trouble is, we live only one more year - unless we can get more time. Time is now the currency. We earn it .. and spend it. The rich can live forever. And the rest of us ... I just want to wake up with more time on my hand than hours in the day."
Truly, this is a world in which time IS money. The movie seems to say, that like money, there is enough time to go around if only the rich would share with the poor. If only resources were spread out. And so Salas and Sylvia Wise (Amanda Seyfried) attempt to become like futuristic Robin Hoods, taking time from the rich and giving to the poor. Sylvia's father is a timelender with "eons" of time, he's so rich. There are a number of foot chases and car chases as Will and Sylvia are chased by powerful business interests and the government (the police, timekeepers). Will they be able to change the world order or will they be caught?
"In Time" made me think a little bit about the message of the modern Popes, particularly Francis and Blessed Pope Paul VI, but also St.John Paul II, about how rich nations (and individuals) should share with poor nations (and individuals). "In Time" is not an "R"-rated movie, but some of the content definitely makes it a strong "PG-13". I can't say it's a great movie, and it drags at times. But it's an interesting idea and I don't want to give it a negative review and so I give it four stars. Justin Timberlake is a pretty good actor. I'll end with a quote I came across the day before seeing this movie that seems to fit here:
"One of the myriad ailments afflicting the modern world is the loss of the sense of the sacredness of time, a deafness to the rhythms that accentuate a truly Christian life." - Pieter Vree, Editor, New Oxford Review, reviewing the book "Numbering My Days" by Chene Heady
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