In Time

In Time

(2011)

Sci-fi thriller from New Zealand director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) set in the future when people can live forever, if they can afford it. Stars Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) and Cillian Murphy (Inception).... More

"In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time. Will Salas (Timberlake) lives minute-to- minute, until a windfall of time gives him access to the world of the wealthy, where he teams up with a beautiful young heiress (Seyfried) to destroy the corrupt system." (Official Synopsis)Hide

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When Andrew Niccol’s involved in a film there’s often some far-out concept involved. His feature film career kicked off with Gattaca and The Truman Show but then he had to tone things down a little bit after the disastrous S1m0ne. In Time marks his return to sci-fi tinged filmmaking after Lord Of War and, sadly, he would have been better off keeping these muddled ideas away from the big screen.... More

In Time’s premise seems simple (time is currency; you earn and spend it; you die when you’re broke) but the problem is how to depict a reality in which this takes place. There’s a lot of world building involved in sustaining a feature-length experience and here things hover somewhere between muddled and hokey. How do you exchange time, for instance? There’s an EFTPOS-like scanner on buses and for getting paid, but if your mum wants to lend you time for lunch or some bad-asses want to steal your time then there’s a wrist-gripping handshake involved that never seems anything less than outright silly.

This is just one example of things not being thought through in a way that will work on screen. It’s impossible to suspend disbelief and Niccol fails to immerse us in his big idea. I haven’t mentioned the actors as there’s not much point – they’re fine, you just can’t buy into anything they’re saying. Timberlake’s charisma can’t carry this but it's hard to think of anyone who could.Hide


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BY Coraliee superstar

I loved this film! It really makes you wonder and appreciate your time, makes you think about how you use it, and time you might have wasted. It also looks deeper into political & social issues from a different angle, how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, class systems - all current issues in todays society, but this film really makes it black and white, with no grey in between! I think all the other reviewers missed the bigger picture of this film. It was brilliant!


BY ps2tan lister

Rather cool idea however seemed to lack something. Had a questionable special effects moment when a car rolled down a bank and a sub plot about the father that I felt wasn't developed. But was something a bit different so go see if there is nothing else on especially as New years Eve and Twilight are currently playing.


BY morgana1972 superstar

Robin Hood meets Bonnie & Clyde... its too bad the movie did'nt end the way Bonnie & Clyde did, that would have made a great climax.... sadly not a great movie just don't expect too much from it, the script needed more work.


BY Gerd superstar

It has its moments and a generally good idea of script.


BY Jameson grader

Review - Occupy Hollywood brings us "In Time", making bank robbery a moral right. Writer/director Andrew Niccol (a kiwi, embarrassingly) takes time=money, eternal life, manifest destiny, and Darwinian Capitalism to the nth. The new currency is life, measured in units of minutes. After turning 25 each human becomes a dwindling ATM. Keep earning, you keep living. The 1% control population by keeping inflation high enough so the lowest of the 99% "times out". Niccol (Gattaca, Truman Show) is a... More filmmaker with big 'high concept' ideas. The theme of his latest is, the virtue of wealth redistribution. "In Time" for the anti-capitalists' global tantrum, this is socialism wrapped up in an B-Grade sci-fi flick... made by a member of the hypocritical, self-serving 1%.Hide


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