Honestly, In Time could have been a cult classic. It has a remarkably intriguing world that mirrors our current predicaments in more ways than one. For those of you who havent heard anything about the film, it's definitely sci-fi and set in the future. However, in this future, there is no such thing as currency. You pay with time, indicated by the glowing, ominous numbers on your left forearm. A coffee is 4 minutes, a new fancy car is 50 years. Once you turn 25 years old you stop aging and the clock on your arm begins to count down. You can earn time by working, gambling...stealing, and there is a definitive difference between the rich and the poor. When your clock reads all zeroes, you "time out" (aka die).
The film clearly has something going for it right off the bat, and it delves into a lot of the aspects of the problems poised by this system as well. For example, how do you tell how old someone is if they always look 25 years old? One of the first characters we meet has over a decade on his clock and is 104 years old but he looks no older than anyone else. What happens when you have an hour and thirty minutes left and the bus ride costs 2 hours? What happens when too much time is spread from the wealthy to the poor?
|The Timekeepers. Yes they do exactly what you think they do.|
|"J.T....when are you going to come out with a new CD?"|
"I...dont...know. I cant look at you right now. You have disgusted me
with your question!"
|Olivia Wilde is Justin Timberlake's mom in this movie. Bonus points just for that.|
|"Im sorry J.T. I just really wanted to know when we can expect another album!"|
"Get off me woman! You have offended me and I can no longer walk next to you so
I shall run!
I would ride that hype train until the very last second.
Oh damn it. There I go using those corny phrases. I swear I do that around the clock now.
Thats two drinks.
- The premise is awesome. I would love for a better sequel to explore this world more
- Has to do with current events and the "99%" (people living with only minutes on their clock) feeling oppressed by the "1%" (people who have millenniums on their clock)
- The acting for the most part
- The first half of the movie holds your attention
- Olivia Wilde. I dont feel as if I have to explain myself on this one...
- Some pretty intense scenes where character's clocks get down to ticking seconds had me holding my breath
- At times, the soundtrack
- Can't help but feel that it is a HUGE missed opportunity
- The action is pretty lame for the most part
- Cant make up its mind as to whether it is an action movie, Robin Hood movie, or futuristic thriller
- The amount of corny phrases is amusing at first, annoying later, and hilarious in retrospect
- The "future" in the movie seems incomplete. Multiple advances in society are evident, but we still drive cars and use phones and shoot guns? I hope not
Rath's Review Score: 6.5/10