In Time Review
is a futuristic film where people have been genetically engineered to stop aging upon their 25th birthday. Green numbers glow from their arms from birth, and on each individual's 25th birthday, their clock starts. One year is all they get, unless they can get more time.
In this future, time is money, quite literally. Coffee costs four minutes, a month's rent costs a week, toll booths vary from a month to several years to get past. The poor live in the Ghetto, where they are kept down, prices are high, and jobs pay very little time. Most live day to day, and when their clocks run out, their heart simply stops and that is the end of their life. Time can be traded, borrowed, or stolen, and there are both thugs, known as Minutemen, who would take every second of your life from you, as as well as there are Time Keepers - police who track down stolen time.
Will Salas (Timberlake), a man who has only been 25 for three years, was born and raised in the Ghetto. He does his best to help to take care of his mother, who has reached 25 for the twenty-fifth time, but times are hard and they often live day-to-day. A meeting with a stranger who has more than a century of time on his arm puts Will in a situation to protect the man from thugs, and Will ends up with this stranger's century.
On the run from Time Keepers and thieves, and accused of murder, Will travels from time zone to time zone into the richer parts of the world, looking for a way to change things, and to break the system that has killed so many people while others live forever. But how much time does it take to change the world? A century? A millennium? And how does a man accused of murder, on the run, and living day-to-day get that much time?
When I first saw the previews for this months ago, it looked interesting, so Hubby and I ended up renting it. We were both surprised at how good it was! The acting was phenomenal and the cast impressed us. Amanda Seyfried, who many may remember as the dumb blonde from Mean Girls
was brilliant as Sylvia Weis, the only daughter of one of the richest men in the world, and she was stunning as a redhead.
It's been really cool to see Justin Timberlake grow as an actor, and he blew us away in this. The whole movie was fast-paced, had a great message about economics and how easy it is to either empower a people or keep them down (and them keep them "in their place" after that). It wasn't too smart that you wouldn't get it or would get lost watching it while drinking with friends, but it didn't assume the audience was stupid, either.
It's rated PG-13, so "fuck" was only used once. Moderate violence, but not really any sexuality. I loved that it wasn't just a stupid action film, too. Smart, fast-paced, exciting, thought-provoking, this movie is worth watching.
We'll probably get this movie for our home collection eventually. I know that I definitely want to see it again.
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