Here’s the official 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.
Directed By: Andrew Niccol
Written By: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
In Time was one of the films in 2011 that I really wanted to see in theaters, but sadly didn’t get the chance to. So when Fox offered to send it to me on blu-ray, I jumped on the chance. The idea is what really intrigued me about this film. I love my Sci-Fi movies, but I love it more when it’s based on an interesting concept; and this film has that. The idea that time is literally money is fairly unique and gives a base line of tension to the film, since time (meaning life) can run out for them if they don’t complete their goals.
Here’s the thing though, two things make a really great Sci-Fi film happen: a brilliant idea and good execution. Unfortunately, this film only had one of those going for it. The idea was great, but the implementation of the story is pretty weak.
The main reason for this seems to be that for the first half of the movie, In Time struggles to decide which kind of story it’s going to tell. In the end, the film is a sort of Robin Hood tale, where they rob from the rich and give to the poor in some attempt to overthrow societal norms. However, it wasn’t until after the first hour or so of the film, that that plot line became evident.
Prior to that, it was set up as a revenge flick, then a race against time movie, and then a heist film. As you’re watching it, you aren’t quite sure what type of film it’s going to be. So by the time it gets to the point, it doesn’t feel like there’s enough time left in the movie to actually tell that story decently.
That’s what bugged me so much. I actually really enjoyed the Robin Hood story they were telling. That’s when I was most interested in what was happening on screen. It’s also the point when the characters seemed to come alive as well. They started having more depth to them, and felt altogether more realistic…but then the movie was over. There simply wasn’t enough running time left in the film once the story finally got to that point.
It’s really sad too, because the latter half of the film had me really engaged. I was hooked and wanted to see more of the world. If only they could have accomplished that in the first part of the movie, this would have been a resoundingly awesome film. As it is now, it feels incomplete and you’ll feel as if you only really watched half of a film.
Justin Timberlake puts in yet another solid performance (I’ve really enjoyed him in just about everything he’s done), and the chemistry between him and Amanda Seyfried worked pretty well. The rest of the cast…was okay. Cillian Murphy is always good, but everyone else seemed to fall a little short. I think this is partly due to the lack of depth in many of the other characters, but no one else really stood out.
The blu-ray transfer itself is clean and looks top-notch. Sadly, though, the bonus features for this movie is sparse. There’s not much to get excited about here, but considering that it wasn’t a big special effects Sci-Fi movie, that’s to be expected.
In Time takes a brilliant concept, but misses out on its full potential by struggling to stick to one type of story. The last half of the film is a fun adventure that’s almost worth trudging through the first half of the film.
In Time, which is available on Blu-Ray/DVD on Januaray 31st, gets a 6 out 10
– Amanda Seyfried is ridiculously good looking in this movie. Seriously, some of the scenes in this film made me want to punch Justin Timberlake in the face for being so lucky.
– The Big Bang Theory guy is severely under-used in this movie.
– Puns are nearly endless with this movie’s title.