1 hour, 49 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language
Justin Timberlake ...
Olivia Wilde ...
Shyloh Oostwald ...
Johnny Galecki ...
Colin McGurk ...
Will Harris ...
Set in a future where the wealthy live forever and the
working-class stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year; currency
is not merely money, it's a measure of long you'll live. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a hard-working guy who still lives with his
fifty-year old mother Rachel (Olivia Wilde). He is given more than a century of time by a depressed rich-guy
(Matthew Bomer), who’s decided he’s tired of living
and bequeaths his time to Will. Almost simultaneously Rachel dies when the system
arbitrarily changes the cost of her bus ride home and she can’t get back
to her son fast enough to get a “loan” from him. So Will decides to
fight the system and goes to an upscale New Greenwich neighborhood looking for the ultra-rich Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser), who runs the entire time-based apparatus, and his sultry
daughter Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried).
Will’s plan is discovered by the
obsessive head of the clock-watchers, Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy), who
tries to take him in. Will escapes by taking Sylvia hostage, and they
are soon on the run and scrounging for time to survive. Before long they are breaking into pawn shops and banks attempting to
destroy the whole dirty system by handing out time for free.
In Time, directed by Andrew Niccol starts intriguingly, but it gets silly fast, and grows
tiresome before long. The main problem lies with the script and the cast.
Will, we’re supposed to believe has lived all his life poor,
but he suddenly becomes a heroic figure who can drive at NASCAR
speeds, equaled only by his skill
with firearms. Justin Timberlake is all wrong for this character.
He’s OK when playing the downtrodden Will in the first part, but he can hardly pull off the character he becomes.
In addition to tedious chases, Niccol overuses the countdown clock device. It works in a suspenseful sequence in which Salas engages in a
time-stealing face-off with a local gang boss (Alex Pettyfer), but elsewhere it's used so frequently that it almost becomes a joke. Most of the other characters are simply cliches. Alex Pettyfer is nasty, Vincent Kartheiser smarmy, and Cillian Murphy snarky. Matthew Bomer has the good fortune to depart quickly, and in a
relatively brief scene Johnny Galecki is overwrought as Will’s closest
friend at work, whom he unwisely gives an additional decade.
Audiences who enjoyed Gattaca might find In Time a pleasant trip down a
familiar road, but most others will probably consider it a frustrating slog
down a road too often traveled.