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Review: 'In Time' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree...Don't Waste Your Time (Video)

  • Oct 28, 2011

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

'In Time' is a sci/fi thriller written, directed and produced by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca)...Maybe that's the problem. You know what they say about wearing too many hats...

Okay, when the film begins, we discover that we are now in the future....A future where you stop aging at 25...(Guess that put a big dent in the Botox industry). Your mother, sister, grandmother, grandfather etc, all look 25 so it's hard to tell if you're hitting on someones mother or daughter. You get the idea.

After 25, you get one free year to live...After that, you have to work for every extra second, minute, hour, day...If you want to eat, have a place to live, you have to pay with 'time'...Your time. Unless of course, you come from time.

In other words...'Do you have a minute' takes on a whole new meaning.

People are now separated by time-zones.

Everyone has a bar code on their arm that glows green. When you gain time, the numbers go up...lose time, the numbers go down.

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives minute-to-minute in the Ghetto known as Dayton. But one day, everything changes for him. A stranger, named Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) gives him a 'century'. It seems Henry doesn't want to live anymore.

Unfortunately, the gift comes too late to save Will's mother (Olivia Wilde). She runs out of time and keels over dead right in front of him. After that, things go from bad to worse for our guy.

Will is unjustly accused of murdering Henry and he's forced to go on the run...He steals a car and heads for the rich side of town...New Greenwich. Far from the ghetto, the wealthy leisurely stroll down the streeet, covering their bar codes with elbow length gloves and spend their days gambling and looking bored.

Will checks into a luxurious suite (after all time is no longer a problem) buys a hot sports car and goes to a fancy casino where he meets poor little rich girl, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried). Together the two of them decide the system is corrupt, the world is unfair and they go on a Bonnie & Clyde rampage to change things.

Sounds exciting? Well it's not.

First of all, when you create a world like Niccols did, you have to explain how and why it all came about. I mean, did the huge pharmaceutical giants just sit idly by while disease and aging was wiped out? Who came up with the idea to genetically alter human beings? I'm sure the religious groups had no problem with it.

Also Timberlake and Seyfried have absolutely no chemistry together. Neither one of them, are very exciting to watch. Looking pretty isn't enough to sustain this muddled SciFi flick. There are some interesting moments, but unfortunately, the film becomes one big monotonous chase, after awhile.

I did like Gillian Murphy as the timekeeper. Murphy is a by-the book cop, who even though knows that the system sucks, he's still determined to do his job.

'In Time' opens in theaters, Friday, October 28, 2011. This time, John and I actually agree on how many bagels this film should get...Well, almost agree.
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October 31, 2011
Yet again, your caution is much valued. It's a premise of modest novelty for which I don't necessarily need the history you craved and I can watch Cillian Murphy in anything, but the notion of paying money to see Justin Timberlake is at best embarrassing.
October 28, 2011
I was afraid of that...I mean Timberlake already put me a little off, but I like Seyfried. It does sound like an allegory, metaphor or an analogy of a sort, but I guess there is something missing about the narrative that sounds lacking. If he did "Gattaca" indeed which I liked, but didn't love as other folks. 2 dry and 1 bagel....whoa. You guys almost agreed!
October 28, 2011
almost...scary LOL
October 30, 2011
I know. That doesn't happen often. Anyway, I got dragged to see this one and while I didn't hate it, I have to admit it missed a lot of its potential. It collapsed after the first half. I posted a review also so I could join you guys.
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review by . October 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
In the beginning, I had high hopes for the film “In Time”. Partly because it was written and directed by Andrew Niccol, responsible for the cult hit “Gattaca” and also because he wrote “The Truman Show”. Ok, perhaps, his resume is less than stellar since he also wrote the less than impressive “Simone” and “Lord of War”. Be that as it may, his films always have an interesting premise and “In Time” was everything I expected. It …
review by . November 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Interesting, just in time for the last few review on Lunch! I must be one of the last few people to catch this in the cinema in Hong Kong! Even my visiting uncle from Toronto had seen it before I did!   Never mind, In Time is just as interesting for the first to see as it is for the last. Provided you didn't cheat and know what the whole premise of the movie is all about. I like it for its conceptual thinking and the fact that it's based on something entirely different from our current …
review by . November 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
In Time is a Sci Fi Robin Hood tale set in a futuristic looking 1960s. Time is money, literally and once everyone hits 25, their clocks start ticking down. Each person is given a year to live but, you can buy or win more time. You don't age past 25 which makes for confusing introductions (is it a grandpa, uncle, dad, or hot guy across the bar?). The rich have all the time in the world whereas the poor live day to day with a daily hike in taxes and costs of living in order to maintain a steady …
review by . October 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
It is said that time is money and in the new film "In Time" this statement takes on an entirely new meaning. In the future we learn that humans have been genetically created to stop aging at the age of 25. Once they reach this selected age, a clock starts to count down from one year. People can obtain more time via work, stealing it from others, or being gifted more time but once their clock hits zero, they expire or "Time Out" as it is called.     As the film opens, we are introduced …
review by . March 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    It's the year 2161, and genetic engineering has turned cash and coin money into time; as literal as can be. How much of it you have it kept on a glowing, green countdown-like clock on your wrist; and when you run out of time, you also run out of life. So in other words, you die. This is a problem for the lower class people - the homeless, the poor, the unhealthy - but those of profound wealth need not worry, for they may replenish their time as often as they …
review by . October 28, 2011
The movie begins with a decent enough premises for the sci-fi universe and definitely has enough potential to feel like it could be something special. It was written and directed by Andrew Niccol who also wrote Gattaca and The Truman Show so the man is no stranger to the bizarre. Niccol’s future enjoys a very glossy look with a vintage touch; he has also envisioned a future full of attractive people. It is all very fitting because In Time concerns itself more …
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Poster art for "In Time."In Time, previously titled Now and I'm.mortal, is a 2011 science fiction thriller film starring Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, and Vincent Kartheiser. The film, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, was released on October 28, 2011.

Although In Time is set in the future, the film contains many retro influences. Most of these influences are from the early 1960's to late 1970's, with a bit of 1980's thrown in. For instance, many vehicles used for the film are actually 1960's and 1970's models, but heavily modified to make them look futuristic. Furthermore, a lot of buildings, both interior and exteriors, display retro influences as well. For example, Dayton, the ghetto, in which the main character was raised, was heavily influenced by hip-hop culture from the 1980's, although some parts of Dayton are influenced by the 1960's, while New Greenwich, a large city, in which Will's girlfriend, Sylvia Weis, lives contains buildings that resembles 1960's architecture. The film's characters also wear retro-futuristic clothing.

  • In Time
  • Opened October 28, 2011 | Runtime:1 hr. 55 min.
  • PG-13
    Violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language
  • Information for parents: Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+. Read More
  • In a future where time is money and the wealthy can live forever, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a poor man who rarely has ...
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Director: Andrew Niccol
Screen Writer: Andrew Niccol
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

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