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When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money -- literally -- enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.
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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I really wanted more from this movie. The first 20 minutes were fantastic. Then it goes, as others reviewed would call it, "Spiraling out of control". People are paid with time. Once your time runs out on your arm clock you die. People can stay immortal as long as their clock never runs out. Poor people die quicker than rich people. You have Districts that contain different classes of people based on their time allotments. Justin Timberlake's character (Will) starts in the "Ghetto" and has a "mission" of destroying the gap of all the districts. Thats the premise and it's seems interesting enough and if it is done well, the story could be really good. Problems:
1. They introduced a lot of Characters that could have been very strong, but were so underdeveloped that they left you in the dark. Everyone had a potentially intertwined story that could have been really interesting, but someone decided not to write.
2. Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) was a hot mess. Her character went from weak to confused, and back to weak again, with moments of trying to be a badass. And to top it off the character really didn't need to be part of the movie.
3. The Time Keepers...If there is a camera showing Will at the scene, surely there was footage of Henry going there on his own and dying on his own.
4. Our first trip through the districts were made to seem like it was this whole expensive and long journey, but afterwards they travel from end to end like it was right next door. And do you only need to pay one way?
5. The ghetto should have been more like a ghetto. And I am sorry, but how does 1 man with a posse of 4 run an entire district even after everyone gets free time. And how does he not know what is going on.
6. Running away from the Time Keepers, but you make sure to stop and look back directly at them to give a stupid one-liner. What the hell. You are running away, RUN AWAY!
7. The flipping convertible. I am sorry you both would be dead.
8. If you have 2 people that you want to steal from and you are a group of 4, why are 3 of you waiting for 1 person to steal. Wouldn't all of you do it, it is more efficient.
9. When you both look at your clocks with 1 minute to spare and counting, the whole stopping to say goodbye and giving a kiss seems a little drawn out. No urgency to the fact you both will be dead. I would have preferred a Shakespearian ending.
10. Cillian Murphy - The end was a cop out.
11. Really, 1,000,000 years. How about no more CLOCKS!
Justin Timberlake did a pretty good job with this even though he was given some crappy lines. Someone did not edit the script properly.
The movie editing surprisingly was pretty good. Except for the eye rolling lines every 10 minutes or so, the pace was well done.
THE SOUNDTRACK is the best. Craig Armstrong.
The scene where Will and his mom are running at each other was intense. The scene with Will and Sylvia not so much.
Amanda Seyfried's hair - AMAZING! Perfect for this genre.
Maybe some spoilers:
Now the movie it had a slow start and built a good story around what could not be proved as a murder or a theft there was just no evidence. The time police to me really did not present or maybe they do not have to present any solid reason for doing to JT what they did. He did nothing wrong. All of his action where in reaction to what was being done to him.
A problem he was given the 100 odd yrs but he then went on to win a whole lot of more years. So the time police show up and take not only what was given to him but also what he rightfully won. Now I know there would be no movie if this did not happen but I think we could have com up with a better way to get the action moving. That is the major problem that kept this movie from reaching say a Matrix level of WOW. They show how corrupt the time police are right away. Hey we can not prove you killed any one we can not prove you were not given that time freely but we are here and we are just going to take all your time away because we can.
Come on you got the workings for a great story but then you make it so simple that is just lays there no twist no pop just flat there it is we take your time and you run to get more. Overall I just liked it but really wanted more out of it but I guess I ran out of TIME.