08 November 2011

Fishy's Film Reviews - In Time

Saw In Time today

Certificate – 12A or PG-13
Running time – 109 minutes
Scene after the credits – Nope

Cast –
Justin Timberlake as Will Salas
Amanda Seyfried as Janet Weiss
Cillian Murphy as Raymond Leon

The plot
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities.

The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying.

He ends up on the run from a police force known as 'time keepers'.

What's right with it?
It’s certainly a great concept, you’re born with a time device that starts counting down for a year on your 25th birthday. You could blow a month of that year just buying booze or having to pay your bills

You get more time if you work for it, or which is more the case in the poorer districts, steal, cheat and kill for it. You steal or borrow time by placing your arm over the arm of another person

You hit zero, you die...

Cillian Murphys Time Keeper character is the best thing about this movie, he’s an uncompromising cop, living on the edge by literally being only hours away from death all the time

And don’t worry if you have a bad case of gerontophobia (look it up). Everyone stops physically aging at 25. So there are a lot of very pretty people in this movie

What’s wrong with it?
It just doesn’t go anywhere with it. Basically some characters get some time, someone steals it, they get more, it happens again

Justin Timberlake is okay, but the moment he has to show any emotion its like someone threw a wooden chair into the cinema. I think I verbally groaned when about 15 minutes into the film Justin Trousersnake drops the proverbial ball. To all the Star Wars fans out there, he does a “Noooo!!!” worse than Vader in Episode 3, just eugh

Best Scene?
Any scene with Cillian Murphy

They actually missed a great opportunity. There is a scene when a couple of people go swimming at night, and the clocks light up like glowsticks. They should have had a scene in a nightclub, that would have been awesome!

Best Quote?

Raymond Leon: His crime wasn't taking time......it was giving it away

Bonus Trivia

Although In Time is set in the future, the film contains many retro influences. Most of these influences are from the early 1960s to late 1970s, with a bit of 1980s thrown in. For instance, many vehicles used for the film are actually 1960s and 1970s models, but heavily modified to make them look futuristic. Furthermore, a lot of buildings, both interior and exteriors, display retro influences as well. For example, Dayton, the ghetto, in which the main character was raised, was heavily influenced by hip-hop culture from the 1980s, although some parts of Dayton are influenced by the 1960s, while New Greenwich, a large city, in which Will's girlfriend Sylvia Weis lives, contains buildings that resemble 1960s architecture. The film's characters also wear retro-futuristic clothing

Many characters are named for real-life watch brands/models such as Fortis; Vacheron-Constantine; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Hamilton; Tag-Heuer Carrera, Patek-Philippe. This is a signature for the director, having a character Cassini in Gattaca named after a space probe.

Final Thoughts
There is a very good film that was made in the 1970s called Logans Run. In that you had a thing implanted into your hand, and it began flashing when you turned 30 informing the people in charge to kill you off for the greater good. THAT was a good concept because people were chasing after you to kill you, you weren’t killed by the device. It added a lot of tension

In this film there is a device that is there from birth that somehow starts counting down when you turn 25 and if it hits zero there is not a damn thing you can do about it. I thought the film would at least go into how this developed in the first place, a character says he was born in 1809, you expect us to think that they had LEDs in the skin back then?

Actually that would have been an improvement. Showing a flashback scene with steampunk style watches, but I suppose if you showed that it was mechanical rather than biological you can end up with a lot of plotholes like why didn't they invent some kind of pin number so people couldn't steal your time?

I suppose the message it's trying to tell you is try to appreciate the time you have and don't waste it, but it does it in such a haphazard way

My Advice?
If you think Justin Timberlake is the worlds greatest actor then this is a must see, or you need brain surgery

It's a curious concept, and some bits are done well

If you do wanna see it I say wait and rent the Doovdé

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