The saying ‘time is money,’ is a widely accepted term in our reality, but if you switch it around, ‘money is time,” you get the general gist of “In Time” directed by Andrew Niccol. In a world where time acts as the universal currency after a person hits the age of 25, the only way to survive is to secure more time in an ageless world. Most common people, like Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) work from day to day in order to survive and provide for their families. On a chance encounter, Will meets a time wealthy patron at a bar named Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer), who is of time (money) and has decided that Will will be the perfect person to pass his time to in order for him to end his already lengthy existence. When you have so much time, just like money, people are always after you and Henry was no exception. Will is targeted by the cities resident town thief Fortis (Alex Pettyfer), but after an incident with his mother (Olivia Wilde), he decideshe wants to play with the big boys. Where do the the big boys live? In another time zone, New Greenich which is made up of wealthy time holders who have so much of it that they can frivously spend it on luxuries such as gambling. Will’s main concern is to get back at the greedy time holders and provide as much time for the people of his less fortunate city, Dayton. But after Will is caught by surveillance fleeing from Henry’s death sight, an investigation is launched as to how Will came into so much time. He is trailed by timeskeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) and comes face to face with him at a wealthy time banker’s Phillipe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser) party. Taking Phillipes daughter, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) as his hostage, he now holds the cards in place to achieve what he set out to do. He unexpectedly finds an ally in Sylvia and they both fight to get justice from an unfair system.
As a film, ‘In Time,’ is a very fresh and inventive idea. While it might seem a bit silly, the parallels that are drawn out through the film between time and money are very interesting to think about. The idea of the fountain of youth and immortality at the price of time is a very unique way to dive into a science fiction tale about human reaction. A line spoken in the film sums this idea up as, “Is it still stealing if it’s already stolen?” This passage is full of challenge to the idea of human morality and reason and works perfectly within context. There are some thrilling set pieces seasoned throughout, and the build up seems just right for Will to make his escapes and pull his robberies off without being dragged out. The pace seems just right and the background score engages at the right moments. Out of the performances, I usually find Justin Timberlake to come off as pompous in general, but it seems to grow exponentially when I see him acting. But I do give him credit for this film because he gets the tone of his character and doesn’t try to over do it. Amanda Seyfried is captivating with her eyes, she easily fits into her role as a spoilt wealthy time holder to a rouge Bonnie to Timberlake’s Clyde. The chemistry between them works and the film doesn’t waste time showing Will trying to woo her, it’s circumstance that puts these two together, and love is just an added bonus. Everybody else from Matthew Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Wilde, and Johnny Galecki in the cast all have very limited roles. The film rests on Timberlake and Seyfried shoulders and provides them the scope to deliver a pleasantly good film.
The BIG PICTURE…Although opening to lukewarm responses, its an escapist film with an inventive idea at its heart. Spend the time to watch ‘In Time.’