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In Time

A movie directed by Andrew Niccol

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  • Nov 22, 2011
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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 system of survival. Ooops, this review will actually reveal the premise so if you like to be surprised, stop reading from now on!
 
When I first heard of the movie, I thought, hmm, I do like the poster. It looks sleek! That caught my interest but not enough for me to go to the cinema. It wasn't until last weekend when I had lunch with a friend that she told me about the interesting idea behind the film. That to me is truly fascinating. So, it's the first movie I went this week!
 
The two person I knew who saw it wasn't into sci-fi but they still claimed that they were not bored from the beginning to the end. I AM into sci-fi and especially since it's something that doesn't involve aliens but something that's more alien to our thought processes. I thought that wonderfully amazing. So, I knew I'd have enjoyed this kind of movie. AND, I wasn't disappointed.
 
So, I went into the theater knowing what I was in for. That takes a bit of the high out of the movie. Still, there are something else to be had from the fast-paced and at times "success-formula" kind of plot. Never mind that either because I really am in the theater just to be entertained and not for analysis or "dissection". Aside for the Robin Hood factor, there is something quite appealing to me within the film. I began reading the book Black Swan last week and that got me thinking. Yes, it's a Black Swan event in this film. Still, when you think about it, if the "currency of the world" is time, then that brings on a different perspective as to how we spend our time. Yet, it is different for those who have all the time in the world (and in today's world, it translates to all the money in the world). Think Steve Jobs, I bet he wished he could swap the equation! 
 
How about for those living? The movie is as simple as any film but it also has another twist to it. If you get to see associations to what is happening in the world around you and also the system that is regulating our world, then you see some kind of enlightenment. For that alone, this film is of utmost intelligence to me. Though, at times, it is just a self fulfiling and snobblish reflection of our very own vanity. Nonetheless, I enjoy the stimulation I get from the movie, be it one of sight or of thought. Most importantly, it puts many things on perspective and for that alone, it has bits and pieces for almost everyone! 
 
Last but not least, I certainly love the chemistry between the two main cast! They sizzle!
Interesting, just in time for the last few reviews 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 system of survival. Ooops, this review will actually reveal the premise so if you like to be surprised, stop reading from now on!

 
When I first heard of the movie, I thought, hmm, I do like the poster. It looks sleek! That caught my interest but not enough for me to go to the cinema. It wasn't until last weekend when I had lunch with a friend that she told me about the interesting idea behind the film. That to me is truly fascinating. So, it's the first movie I went to this week!
 
The two person I knew who saw it wasn't into sci-fi but they still claimed that they were not bored from the beginning to the end. I AM into sci-fi and especially since it's something that doesn't involve aliens but something that's more alien to our thought processes. I thought that wonderfully amazing. So, I knew I'd have enjoyed this kind of movie. AND, I wasn't disappointed.

 
So, I went into the theater knowing what I was in for. That took a bit of the high out of the movie. Still, there are something else to be had from the fast-paced and at times "success-formula" kind of plot. Never mind that either because I really am in the theater just to be entertained and not for analysis or "dissection". Aside for the Robin Hood factor, there is something quite appealing to me within the film. I began reading the book Black Swan last week and that got me thinking. Yes, it's a Black Swan event in this film. Still, when you think about it, if the "currency of the world" is time, then that brings on a different perspective as to how we spend our time. Yet, it is different for those who have all the time in the world (and in today's world, it translates to all the money in the world). Think Steve Jobs, I bet he wished he could swap the currency in the equation! 
 
What about for those living? The movie is as simple as any film but it also has another provoking twist to it. If you get to see associations to what is happening in the world around you and also the system that is regulating our world, then you see some kind of "enlightenment". For that alone, this film is of utmost intelligence to me. Though, at times, it is just a self fulfiling and snobblish reflection of our very own vanity (some may contend). Nonetheless, I enjoy the stimulation I get from the movie, be it one of sight or of thought. Most importantly, it puts many things on perspective and for that alone, it has bits and pieces for almost anyone and everyone (who cares to reflect on it)! 

 
Last but not least, I certainly love the chemistry between the two main cast (aka Timberlake & Seyfried)! They sizzle! Hey, it's also cool to have one's mom who looks as young as one's girlfriend, don't you think? Plus, not to mention that we'll all look exactly like we were 25 without any plastic surgery involved; not forgetting you must have the time to live beyond too! 

Immortality? Thanks, but, no thanks! Time? Sure, just enough to do what needs to be done! Then again, in the current system, we have no bargaining power where that is concerned. At least not that I know of! ;-)

P.S. 2 hours of your life to take a bus ride? 2 months of anyone's life to live in a standard room hotel in a high end neighborhood? That's a joke, right?!!!
 
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December 07, 2011
Good write-up !
 
November 25, 2011
I really enjoyed this one as well! Nice write-up, Sharrie :)
 
November 22, 2011
glad to see you back again for a time, Sharrie! Had a feeling you were going to see this somehow; and I am glad you liked it! I liked it myself....Seyfried is hot! Nice review!
November 22, 2011
LOL... I'm easily pleased where movies are concerned, most of the time! :D
November 22, 2011
I liked this movie as well but not as much as you have. Your movie reviews are entertaining since they are so personal...how have you been?
November 22, 2011
I'm one of those black swans, hehe... I don't do what others do ;-) Busy spending my time (and money, I hope) wisely (subject to definition, naturally), LOL! Great weather now, so lots of hiking and traveling around the islands... have you visited yet?
November 22, 2011
I didn't make it to HK last October but I did make it to Philippines...almost had to go to Japan. It was more of a business trip, and it was successful.
 
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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 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
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      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, …
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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