In Time (2011)

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

Synopsis: For some reason that’s never explained, people decide to let the government put clocks in their arms which count down the time until they die. Time becomes currency and there’s beef between the haves and the have-nots. Seriously, why would you let someone do that to you!?

It’s spring here in London and I’m overwhelmed with a sense of regenesis. I’ve started to feel better about leaving behind my beloved California and coming to the big smoke. The flowers are blooming, people are eating al fresco, and I no longer freeze my bollocks off waiting for the underground to go to work and when I see homeless people farmer spit on the street my disgust has now turned to mere annoyance. What better way to celebrate the coming of spring and my first May in the city with a film starring Justin “It’s gonna be MAY” Timberlake? He’s certainly aging quite nicely with his sexy hair, new tracks, and fashion sense. He’s like a fine wine…his acting skills, however, are more like vinegar but the cheap kind. Not the fancy balsamic kind.

I just want to point out that the concept behind this movie is really good. Imagine waking up and discovering how much time you had left to live and that you had to exchange time for things like rent and food. It’s a pretty terrifying thought. However, the execution in this particular instance was crap. The movie could have been great if it had more subtlety. Everything is kind of heavy-handed with the whole ‘money is time’ motif. It’s practically shoved down your throat about how capitalism is the root of all evil. The whole time I was thinking ‘I could have written something better,’ and that was quite a nice thing to think because it gave me an idea for a novel. When I get ideas I write them down in a little notebook. Maybe in a few years I’ll write the next big sci-fi noire so keep your eyes peeled.

This film is no Blade Runner but I appreciate its ambition. I think sexy sexy Cillian Murphy and Amanda Seyfried kind of understood what it was trying to be and their performances were pretty good. Murphy reminded me a little of Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive and Seyfried in her good moments has a tiny dash of Rachel from Blade Runner but it’s not enough to save the movie because, at the end of the day, it’s Olivia Wilde running around in the ghetto and a woman with a dodgy haircut and a prom dress running about East LA with a gun. The over-the-top moments kind of killed any decent glimmer of hope that could be found. Something this movie also touched upon was this idea of ‘waking up’ to a new and strange robotic environment which is a feature of both The Matrix and Ghost in the Shell. One again though, In Time wasn’t as convincing as either of those movies so it felt a bit like non-alcoholic beer. Why go for the mish-mash that tries to be something else when you can have the original? See this movie for a bit of a laugh but don’t expect it to be revolutionary.

High-lights:

  • If some government official came to your front door and was like “Hey, let’s put this life clock in your arm and make time currency!” would you honestly agree to that? It’s fun to think about because the answer is “Of course I fucking wouldn’t.”
  • Some really nice shots of East LA and the river.
  • Cillian Murphy is a beautiful man. And it’s Ya-Ya from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3!

Downers:

  • You really wouldn’t go swimming in the Pacific Ocean at night because it’s like below freezing and there are sharks in there. Actually, now that I think about it, adding a random shark attack probably would have improved the movie.
  • Alex Pettyfer as the villain is just…no.
  • Worst car crash ever.
  • DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!!!! We get it. Stop it.

Summary:

This is the sort of movie that you’ll have to watch with friends because it could be a great comedy. If you want wonderful sci-fi then look elsewhere. If you want its cheap 2-cent hooker alternative just to live dangerously then go ahead. That’s a bit harsh. It really wasn’t the worst film I’ve seen. If you look at it for what it could be then it gets better but it all depends on if you’re willing to put that kind of effort in.

5.5/10

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4 Comments

Filed under Action/Adventure, Meh, Sci-Fi

4 responses to “In Time (2011)

  1. Haven’t seen this one, but I have a feeling that you’re spot on. Sounds like a great concept, but if it isn’t handled properly, it could very easily turn to crap.

  2. davecrewe

    Good review. They really tried to do way too much with this film and didn’t succeed at most of it, sadly. I would have appreciated them simply using the concept as an unsubtle allegory in a dedicated action film (since Timberlake would make a good action star) rather than bog the running time down with an uninteresting revolution narrative. Also, the grey/brown graphic design was …not appealing.

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