Monday, December 12, 2011

In Time (2011)

In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as 'time keepers'.

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Stars:Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy

In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered (with a watch on their left forearms) to live only one more year. After this period, people need to find means to get more time. And everything, from a cup of coffee to a bus ticket, will take minutes, hours or months from a person's life.

Here, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and his mother live in Dayton (like a Ghetto) and struggle to live day after day. One night, he saves the life of a man who has 1 century on his watch and in return the man gives Salas all his time. As Salas finds himself falsely accused of murder and chased by the Timekeeper (amazing Cillian Murphy), he decides to elope to New Greenwich. There he ends up in a casino and gambles with Philippe Weis for time. Weis gets impressed with him and invites Will to his house.

The Timekeeper bursts into Weis' house and arrests Will who manages to scape and takes Sylvia Weis (Amanda Sayfried) - Philippe's daughter - as a hostage. As the plot evolves, Will and Sylvia become romantically involved (how predictable) and together try to take time from those who have too much and give to those who have enough for just one day, in a socialist attempt to equally redistribute time so everyone can have plenty.

Apart from the obvious money analogy, which shows that for a few to be wealthy, many have to live in misery, the movie also makes us wonder about how we are spending our time: are we just letting the time in our watches go by or are we doing something worthy with it?

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  1. I watched the movie a few weeks back. I liked the story but had the feeling they could make it so much better. Oh, and can't stand Timberlake as an actor. Just can't. It was also weird to seem him as a son of Olivia Wilde's character. That just wasn't right. (:

    Aleksandra from My Bookshelves


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