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06 November 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Film Review: In Time  
There's absolutely no reason to believe this movie was aided by casting Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried as the stars. Also, if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie pretty much but just in case...

In some undetermined year in the future, time is literally the new currency. Humans are now genetically engineered to stop aging at 25 but the drawback is that you then only get one more year to live. Unless you can get more time. Good ol' JT narrates the start of the film and pretty much tells us not to even question why or how this happened but to just go along with it. So we have everyone on earth sporting glowing green numbers on their arms that shows how much time they have. You pay all your bills using this time and you earn more time onto it by either working or getting a loan from someone else. You keep getting enough and you could potentially live forever. When you run out of time, you literally drop dead where you stand.

Society is divided into Time Zones where the wealthy (those with the most time) live in New Greenwich while the poor live in the ghettos. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives in the ghetto district, barely making enough to live day by day. Until the day he runs into Harry Hamilton (Matt Bomer), a man who has a century on his arm. Hamilton is apparently 105 years old and is sick of living. So he gives all his time to Salas before "timing himself out" into a dirt nap. But before he goes he spouts some nonsense about how all this time is actually stolen and the rich are basically trying to kill off the poor by raising interests rates and cost of living so they could be immortal and enjoy earth's resources. So after getting all this time, Salas goes on a mission of sorts to bring the rich down. Sort of.

To be honest, I sort of couldn't figure out what the point of the movie was. Once Salas got his big payday, he sort of seemed bent on getting revenge on the rich but really, after he got to New Greenwich, it looked like he was going to be fine just enjoying the high life until the Timekeepers (the police) led by Leon (Cillian Murphy) sussed out all that time didn't belong to him. Then we got your somewhat average Bonnie and Clyde situation with Salas "kidnapping" Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of one of the richest men in the world, Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser). The two start to go on a Robin Hood spree where they steal time from the rich and give to the poor. And that's sort of the film in total.

The two biggest strengths of this movie were really the costars and the odd visual of seeing a man look 25 when really he was 85 in real time. There's a scene where Kartheiser introduces his mother in law, wife, and daughter who all look 25 which was nicely creepy. Also, Kartheiser of Mad Men and the ever excellent Cillian Murphy did a lot to try and keep this movie afloat with the sheer power of their acting but couldn't compensate for the more than deadweight of Timberlake and Seyfried's presence plus a limp script. I actually thought Murphy put more into his character then was probably in the minds of the screenwriters. I kept thinking we were going to get some big reveal or some big character insight into what made him tick based on Murphy's rather intense acting but we really didn't get much which felt like a huge loss.

All in all, just about every actor in this film deserved better with the exception of the leads who should never act again.