IN TIME (2011)
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Well, another one that left me dissapointed.
I knew from the very beginning that the casting of Justin Timberlake would hurt the movie, but it ended up hurting much more…
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. You stop aging at 25, after that you have to buy your time through work or selling stuff or services. 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’.
Will Sales(Timberlake) is a poor guy, who lives with his mother. Both struggle to earn their time, his mom just turned 50.
Their clocks are always ticking, sometimes with very little time left. Time is the currency, and if you are poor working class, you are always on the brink of death. Will runs into a guy, who has an unlimited supply of time on his clock.
He is being chased by the time keepers, and Will saves him. That guy seems to have enough of life, who knows how old he might be…while Will is sleeping, he transfers his time onto his clock and leaves only minutes for himself.
Will wakes up with unlimited time on his hands..what will he do with it ? What about the time keepers?
I will not spoil it further, in case you wanna see it…
The concept of time as a currency is cool, it could have been so much more than what it ended up being…
Timeberlake isn`t really a good choice here…the story needed a different kind of guy, really. Another young guy, who could play cool well, plus a bit of action abilities…Keanu Reeves wouldve been great, but he is too old already.
Timberlake just didn`t make me believe the cool part..sometimes he looked like a deer staring at some headlights, if you know what I mean… His face is too cute or something… I read a few other reviews, and I must say, this is also true..he had no chemistry whatsoever with Amanda Seyfried, at all. It was painful to watch, she looked like a doll, which didn`t help making her likable or portray emotions.
I think that half the actors were wrong casting choices, not one single character that stood out. No notable acting or role worth remembering. How did that happen? Andrew Niccol, if he was involved in the casting process, must`ve had his head up his ass. That story had potential, but the cool idea gets lost in an aimless story, that drags on and on, back and forth, without a good ending. The ending ..oh my god….id love to tell you, but that would be a spoiler…I`m sure you will shake your head in the end…should you decide to watch it.
I still can`t believe that such a great basic concept was handled so poorly. If you have a bad acting firewall, watch it, just for the cool idea alone…
And by the way..a simple coffee costs 3 minutes,lol.