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In Time

Published March 5, 2012

In Time

Film info

  • Title In Time
  • Director Andrew Niccol
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Action
  • Tagline Time is power

Every second counts in this sexy, stylish action-thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, borrow, steal or inherit more time. But when a poor, working-class man (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he teams up with a beautiful heiress (Seyfried) and must figure out a way to bring down the corrupt system before their dwindling life clocks run out!

Live Blog

Time Comment
4:23 We are slaves to the clock anyway, this is just the extreme!
5:56 I wonder who chose 25 as the age limit though, and why?
7:50 No one says “I won’t do anything stupid,” unless they are about to do something stupid.
12:20 Imagine being 105!
14:22 “If I had all that time, I sure as hell wouldn’t waste it.”
15:36 How does your arm know which way you want the transaction to go?
21:05 You can tell by the music what is going to happen.
22:59 “How long you been keeping time?”
24:28 A month to cross the border!
25:23 A year!
30:17 Is he just scoping everything out? Because he’s spending a lot of time and not enjoying himself much.
33:36 Mr C and I did not know whether the hands were any good. Must learn basic poker.
37:53 “The poor die and the rich can’t live.”
39:28 I don’t know how people can sleep with glowing arms like that.
41:22 That policeman is so Matrix it hurts.
41:40 Timekeeper, not policeman.
45:42 Awesome police car! Or time car perhaps?
47:11 I like that the cars make electric noises, though.
48:29 That was the worst model car crash I’ve ever seen!
51:42 The simple concept of people in the ghetto running more often is interesting.
58:40 The hand on top is the way the transaction goes. Sorted.
1:00:16 “It’s nobody’s fault what they’re born with.”
1:07:43 They do call them cops, then.
1:08:54 Do they have time for that kind of thing?
1:10:20 I must say Raymond does not look 25.
1:12:27 30% interest!
1:19:09 Why do people always end up running around on rooftops? Seems like the worst place to be.
1:20:31 She was running in those shoes?
1:27:43 I don’t see how you could shoot and win an armwrestle at the same time, but I approve.
1:31:10 I like that the arm time creates a fashion for half a sleeve.
1:37:58 So much running in this film!
1:42:20 I also love that she hasn’t felt the need to change her hair at all. Better than Bourne!

Conclusions

Saw the trailer for this one ages and ages and eons ago. I was super excited about the concept, but found the trailer to be quite long which made me worry it would be lengthy and complicated. Here’s what I said at the time:

“This concept seems very intriguing – not quite the time travel that I love so much, but using time as a unit of currency instead. I’ve never quite been convinced of Justin Timberlake in the lead role, but he was good in the Social Network, so I can’t hold his Michael Jackson dance moves against him. The three women of different generations all looking the same freaks me out just a little bit though.”

Really enjoyed it. The concept is totally intriguing, I spent quite a long time pondering the idea afterwards. Some of the filmmaking was a let down, particularly the over-use of music to try and stir up emotions - predictable and disappointing. There was also this, which may be the most awful and obvious “toy car in place of real car for crash” scenes I have ever witnessed. Mr C and I both burst out laughing when we saw it, and he mentioned it was like Thunderbirds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbg42qTWqas

So, with a point deducted for the rather lacklustre efforts in filmmaking, I still think this is well worth a view.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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