'In Time' Is Not A Complete Waste Of Time

'In Time' Is Not A Complete Waste Of Time


Genre: Sci-fi action thriller

Premise: In the future, humans are engineered to only live one year past the age of 25.  Time is money and the more you have it, however, the longer you can extend your life.  After inheriting a decade of time from a guy who no longer wants it, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) sets out to avenge his mother's death and bring down the establishment while evading the ever-present time cops (led by Cillian Murphy).

Behind-the-Scenes: Writer-director Andrew Niccol specializes in these types of high-concept films, having previously scripted and/or directed Gattaca, The Truman Show, and Sim0ne.

The Good:  The premise is kind of ridiculous, but also pretty cool.  The concept of buying time, and the length of one's life constantly flashing green on their arm are intriguing science-fiction ideas.  Timberlake pulls off the action hero role.  A constant supply of chase scenes keeps things entertaining and easy to watch.

The Bad:  The movie can't live up to the promise of its concept.  The execution is shoddy, and the production design lacks imagination or any memorable set pieces.  The actors are mostly asked to just run and appear out of breath.  No real character development to speak of.  The love story between Amanda Seyfried and Timberlake is treated like an afterthought.  Niccol can't quite grasp the right tone - too many scenes are unintentionally funny.

Should You See It?:  No, you can pass on it.  Good idea, but poorly executed - a missed opportunity.  Makes for a fine rental though if you don't expect much.

Rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars.

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