Thursday, November 3, 2011

In Time

"In the not too distant future..." is one of the biggest hit / miss gap for genre films. If played right, you get a film with rich characters and poignant parables. This movie (already flopping at the box office) comes from the mind who brought us Gattaca. Which if you haven't seen, is a great movie.

So, we have a world much like our world, but instead of working for money, we work to earn time. Science has developed to the point where people stop aging at age 25 (also a good hook to sell a screenplay to Hollywood Executives). After you hit 25 you have one year. You can spend that year or earn more time.

This parable is about how the rich (1%, wink wink) get richer and the poor stay poor. In the "ghettos" people die in the streets. But what happens when too much time get distributed to the poor?

The movie is one part Robin Hood, one part Bonnie and Clyde. And it is pretty good, if you can overlook some of the flaws in logic and come on board with the rules of the future on screen. Justin Timberlake is a good actor. With this and Bad Teacher out this year, he shows range and a glimpse at his future (...its wide open).

As usual, I'm not going to go too deep into the plot, but its definitely fun and bleak and exciting. If you can't get to the theaters, rent Gattaca for now and wait for In Time to come to you at home.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?
Probably not, but maybe.

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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