In Time (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 102
OK for children.
This is an
ingenious story, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, that shows a
world in which life and work have been stripped to their essentials.
People work for more life.
lives freely to the age of 25. At that point, they stop aging and a
timer appears on their arm. It starts at two years and begins ticking
downward. If it reaches zero, the person dies. Thus, every thing they do
is based on trading for time. There is no money. As Benjamin Franklin
said, time is money. People work for time. Whatever they buy is based on
time. If one wants to buy food, rent an apartment, or ride a bus, they
don't pay in money. They pay in minutes or hours off their built-in
clock. The only ways to get more time are to work for it, trade for it,
or steal it.
(Justin Timberlake) lives in the poorest of the four time zones, Dayton.
He generally only has one day left on his arm, as does his mother,
Rachel (Olivia Wilde). They have to work each day to get enough time to
live the next.
thieves who steal people's times and there are timekeepers who try to
keep everything in balance and combat thieves. New Greenwich is where
the wealthy live, people who have amassed centuries of time.
Will gets lucky
and obtains lots of time, so he goes to New Greenwich, where he meets
Sylvia Weiss (Amanda Seyfried) and her father, Philippe (Vincent
Kartheiser), the wealthiest man in New Greenwich, who banks time and has
Pursuing Will to
New Greenwich is a Javert-type timekeeper, Raymond Leon (Cillian
Murphy), because he thinks Will stole the extra time he has on his
clock. Will is a devil-may-care type of guy with a conscience, and those
don't fit in with the world in which he lives, so things go awry and it
turns into an exciting chase film.
don't tell stories in my critiques, but that's really the only way to
set the stage for this unusual, highly entertaining sci-fi tale. All you
know now is the basis for the story. If it intrigues you as much as it
did me, you'll have to go see it to see what happens and how it works
out. The acting is very good, especially Kartheiser, and Niccol keeps
the pace moving well. Filmed almost entirely in Los Angeles, Angelenos
will see lots of familiar sites.
Even though the
ending disappointed me, the film is thought-provoking and worthwhile.