Justin Timberlake stars as Will - a 28-year old man in a society where
everyone physically stops aging at 25-years old, and trades time like a
currency. Of course, those who are rich can live forever, and those who
are poor struggle to find a way to make it day to day and avoid running
out of time, which leads to death, if roving gangs of thieves don't get
After a horrible tragedy, Will meets a man who has collected so much
time, he doesn't wish to live anymore. Before committing suicide, the
mysterious man gives it all to Will, who instantly is accused of
killing the mystery man as soon as he leaves the poor time zone for the
land of the rich, where many don't feel he belongs.
When Will decides to become a sort of Robin Hood giving time to the
poor in an effort to disrupt society, he becomes the target of The Time
Keepers - a Gestapo-like force looking to stop him at any cost, and
their tough as nails leader, Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy).
Knowing 20th Century Fox, I have a feeling they jumped on this movie as
soon as they heard every character in it would be under 25-years old
and look like Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.
Seriously, no one in this movie has body fat over 5%. This kind of
disconnect with society is why less people are going to the movies. Oh,
and the movie is just a step above mediocre as well.
In Time is a cool idea, but not executed as
well as it could be. Writer/director Andrew Niccol establishes an
interesting new world that isn't shy or subtle with its allusions to
the one we live in (you might be tempted to call it Occupy: In Time),
and you have to be intrigued by the look of the movie with its
fantastic graphics of each person literally wearing the time they have
left on their arm, which adds drama and tension whenever we start to
look at each person's ticking clock.
However, when Will, along with his new pal/love interest, Sylvia
(Amanda Seyfried), go on a Bonnie and Clyde crime spree to fulfill
Will's desire to get some sort of revenge on society and disrupt the
system as much as possible, the audience is left wondering why. I can
dig the desire to stick it to The Man, but Will's revenge needs to be
driven by more. Sure, we get some explanation via passing mentions of
his father, and knowing about his mother, but the audience is left with
some cool actions scenes without much reason behind them.
In Time comes up short of expectations and
In Time is rated PG-13 for violence, some
sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language.