Movie Details

In Time

In the not-too-distant future, the ageing 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 is accused of murder when he inherits a fortune of time from a dead upper class man, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as `time keepers`.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 27 Oct 2011
Genre: Thriller / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer
Director: Andrew Niccol
Format: NA


Writer: Elaine Ewe

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Gattaca” and “V for Vendetta”

The first thing you will notice about "In Time" is the cast. Seriously, how did they even manage to pay such an impressive cast in time? Sorry, but that pun just had to be made, seeing as how the whole movie consists of bad puns like this and cheesy metaphors.

The story of "In Time" takes place in the retro-future, where time is the new currency. Everything and anything the citizens want or do requires time, and only the rich can live forever. Slumdog Will Salas (Timberlake) is merely trying to get by one day at a time, when a chance encounter turns him into a millionaire overnight. It's a bad reference to the movie "Slumdog Millionaire", but "In Time" is like a YouTube parody. Andrew Niccol has taken bits and pieces from various movies and mashes them all together, creating an exciting yet aimless piece of entertainment.

The use of 'time' as a central theme is one that has relevance to us in this technological era. Although humans have the opportunity to live forever, what does it mean to really live? Timberlake does a good job with his Aladdin-slash-Robin Hood character, and it is also refreshing to see him take on a more action-oriented role after his stints as douche bag Sean Parker in "The Social Network" and lesser douche bag Dylan in "Friends with Benefits". Seyfried, however, is not given a bigger role other than being the strong-minded love interest. At least she has it better than the rest of the cast though, whose roles are relegated to being props for the movie, which explains the high cast rating. I knew that it was too good to be true!

Do note that Olivia Wilde is an exception. She does not get a whole lot of screen time, but boy, does she know how to use it well. Meanwhile, Matt Bomer is like a vampire. His facial features are seriously too flawless to be true.

There is nothing unique about the cinematography, except for the stereotypical dark lighting used for the ghetto areas and bright lighting for New Greenwich, where the rich are living it up. One could say that it works, but for a movie of the retro-future, it would have been better if more props and effects had been used. Further, Niccol needs to learn that that is no way to make a car crash scene. On the other hand, the way time is tracked and transferred is a kind of a nice touch.

To summarize, "In Time" is like eating a pizza; all that cheese is, in actuality, bad for your health, but you would still enjoy eating it. Moreover, the way cheese dangles from pizza is definitely similar to all those plot threads still left hanging by the end of the movie.

Cinema Online, 27 October 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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