Movie Review: IN TIME
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
Running time (no pun intended): 109 minutes
As soon as you start watching the first 10 minutes of the movie, you’ll be drawn in by its premise and uniquely construed plot. I know this did the trick for me. Imagine a world which literally revolves around time (not money, mind you). IN TIME is a story where everyone stops aging by the time their 25, and ones mortality depends on how much time one has. A digital clock countdowns on your hand, giving you a constant reminder of how much time you have left. The poor and less fortunate literally live a day at a time, scraping thru the barrels so to speak; and laboring at factories to earn time (not money) while the rich folk have boundless of time and live in an upper echelon society divided by time zones (note, Greenwich).
Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas, just an average guy who like others in the ghetto live a day at a time. Fueled by the tragic way he lost his mother and the conviction to upset the balance of TIME between the needy and the wealthy – Salas sets on a mission to disrupt this ‘system’. Along the way he meets Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of an exceedingly wealthy man who’s in the business of loaning (see controlling) time; and forges a bond with her. Together they appear to make a nuisance of themselves in the eyes of those who wish to maintain control over time. Will and Sylvia are like Bonnie & Clyde, stealing time from the banks (and her own father) and giving it for free to those who need it, those from the ghetto. Oh and in all this mix, there’s a timekeeper – Raymond Leon (played by Cilian Murphy) who’s dedicated to restore order for the right reasons.
All in all, I enjoyed the movie. I thought Justin Timberlake acted really well, while Amanda Seyfried complemented him. The pair made a cute couple who had their share of moments i.e. on-screen chemistry. Nice background theme (from Craig Armstrong). The storyline and plot kept you wanting to know what happens next and how will it all turn out in the end. It’s thought-provoking to imagine a life which didn’t revolve around money (which in many ways, is the case in reality), but instead controlled by a much more precious commodity – TIME.
Acting / Performance: 7
Plot / Story: 7
Music / Score: 6
In a single number: 7
Movie Review by Just Me, The Mr