Movie Review: In Time (2011)

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Rated: PG-13
Genre: Science fiction, thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer
Synopsis: “In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as Timekeepers” (20th Century Fox).

Verdict: A little of Robin Hood, a little Stockholm Syndrome, a little of this, a little from that. In Time is certainly not a very original film and it isn’t plothole-free. However, it does have an interesting universe of the future and unique ways of portraying and relating to the society today. And although the acting performance of almost everyone is terrible, Amanda Seyfried looks disturbingly attractive here.

How did the future end up like that? “I can’t tell you how it happened, it just happened,” that’s one of the lines during the opening narration by the voice of Will Salas (Justin Timberlake). I guess the writer-director Andrew Niccol thought he could just use that to leave the gap between the present and future unclear and totally unexplained.

The arm-wrestling game… or whatever you call it. Basically an one-on-one arm game that the people in the “ghetto” play to gamble for time/life. [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Will Salas’ strategy of winning doesn’t seem to make sense and yet he manages to successfully use it against Fortis (Alex Pettyfer) [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

The ending: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] … and so the two protagonists, Will and Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), continue their Robin Hood duties of robbing the banks for the poor while the life/time-as-currency system breaks down. So it’s either the pair is really unstoppable or, the cops and bank security in this so-called future are just too incompetent. Most of the characters here aren’t young and yet none of them seem wiser [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Portrayals, probable hidden messages and moral values? 1. Time is NOT money – people should live their life the right way instead of letting money chain them down to death. 2. Timekeepers as the police – they are just doing their job. 3. Minutemen as tax authorities/IRS – fuckin’ heartless blood suckers. 4. The rich are given more immediate attention and privileges than the poor. 5. Occupy Wall Street.

Rating: 2 / 5

Second opinion: “Liked it, Justin Timberlake‘s sooo hot” (Iris Loong).

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  1. Psylancer

    I felt that both Seyfried and Timberlake are paired dynamically in this film, I understand and accepted the premise of this film, but at the end of the day, the conflict between Bonnie & Clyde vs the authority is not exactly epic.

    Olivia Wilde, Y U NO live forever???
    Leonard Hofstadter, Y U NO ask Sheldon help you?
    Alex Pettyfer, Y U NO go continue find Loric children but kalah arm wrestling?
    Amanda Seyfried, Y U so hot?
    Justin Timberlake, Y U acting is better than me expected?
    Cillian Murphy, Y U NO go dark knight?

    Just my movie 2 cents

  2. Most Desirable

    Hi Tony, thks for the great reviews. I do not like to watch singers turning to acting or vice versa. Eg. Jay Chou, Jacky Chan, Christina A, Ice T, Chris Brown and whole lot of others. Very disappointing to find one's idol in a position he/she shouldn't be in.

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