- Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
- Directed by: Andrew Niccol
- Synopsis: When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.
Prior to its release, In Time -with its unique storyline and premise- looked hopeful to be this year’s Inception in terms of excitement, originality, storytelling, and intrigue. Unfortunately, it falls far from being so.
While the initial excitement and mystery of something new tantalizes you and brings you into the world of the movie at the beginning, the allure quickly wears off and leaves a rather less-than-fulfilling story that awaits completion. The substance, rather the filler, does nothing more than take up time which should be a crime according to the ideology of the film. And a highly predictable plot leads to a non-climatic ending that is expected.
While Timberlake’s performance is acceptable, it seemed rather backward from his amazing and believable performances in 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s Friends with Benefits.
A few other disappoints in the film: the lack of reasonable/plausible explanations of travelling time, Amanda Seyfried’s ability to run so fast in high heels, character’s backstories hinted upon but never fulfilled, and the lack of emotion displayed by the majority of the characters (while it lent itself to the “dehumanization” factor of the villains) made for a lack of caring for any of them altogether, with the exception of Olivia Wilde as Justin Timberlake’s mom. (That was fun, realizing that, in actuality, Wilde is younger than Timberlake).
With all of these disappointments, In Time still was a fun flick to watch…once,
maybe twice; and Cillian Murphy was one of the better parts of this film. But with its decline in attention grabbing, holes in the story, and lack of balance between character development, action, and story, it’s not worth that much more of your time. (Time being a precious commodity and all). As forgettable as director Andrew Niccol’s other films (Lord of War, Gattaca), it was a good shot, but failed. Waste your time if you wish.
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–TheSp1der’s Score: 1.5 out of 5 stars for “In Time”