A film with a brilliant concept dragged down by poor filmmaking
To consider “In Time” as excellent is wrong. But to say that its concept was awesome is an understatement. This film had an amazing concept that showed lots of promise early on, but as time passed it lost its momentum thanks to Writer/Director Andrew Niccol’s poor and inefficient execution.
The film is set in the future when humans have discovered the ability to stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year. Once they reach that certain age, the timer on their arms start, and people eventually start working for more time. In the ghetto, prices are rising non-stop, which forces Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) to live by the day. Later on, he finds himself accused of murder and on a run with a hostage, the daughter of a wealthy man belonging to a society where time is merely change, and if they wanted, they could live forever.
While I found the idea of the movie great, I can’t help but think of the gaping plotholes surrounding the film. Instead of giving us a reason as to how time became money, Niccol simply makes it a given. It’s sad because aside from that the movie started out very well, instantly showing us what we should expect in the next scenes.
But the film failed to capitalize its resources and dragged all the way after a good 60 minutes. After that it’s basically fillers until we get to the climax which wasn’t all that exhilarating. Good thing the movie is backed by a talented cast led by Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried (who plays Sylvia Weis), and Olivia Wilde (Rachel Salas). To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Timberlake when he was performing. It was only until he put up a show in “The Social Network” that I began to think that his career was headed in the right direction. He makes the most out of what he’s given and I can say he fits the role of the leading man very well. As for Seyfried and Wilde, both bring their own charm to the screen but neither surpassed my expectations. Cilian Murphy (Timekeeper Raymond) and Alex Pettyfer (Fortis) looked awkward though, and I may have felt that Pettyfer is already being typecast.
Overall the film is intriguing, but not without many flaws. If you want to waste time or money, then why don’t you check this movie out? Don’t be surprised if you feel a little bored by the end though, as that’s probably the result of lazy filmmaking.
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Rotten Tomatoes: 36% Fresh, 5.3/10 Critic Rating
Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10 User Rating