In Time arrived in theaters on October 28, 2011. Once I saw previews for this movie, I knew that I had to see it. It’s a science fiction, thriller film, and even though it may not be the best in its genre, it still gives the viewers an enjoyable ride. A few of the stars in this film are Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, and Vincent Kartheiser. In Time is set in the future where time is life; each person has a clock on their left arms that reveals the amount of time they have left to live. After 25 years of life, a person’s clock starts, and he/she gets one year to either gain more time or “time out.” Time can be obtained by working, stealing, or being given it. Since time is currency, there is a huge gap between classes; those who have more time on their clocks are richer and live “better” lives, and those who do not have much time struggle to get through each day.
The viewer is introduced to the main character Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) who lives with his 50 year old mother, Rachel Salas (Olivia Wilde), in the ghettos. The most time he has ever had on his clock is about a day, so he lives his life day by day. He meets Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) who is being harassed by Fortis (Alex Pettyfer) in a bar. Fortis is the boss of a gang named the Minutemen, who are known for taking time from people by force; Will and Henry escape with their time. After a bit of talking, Henry explains the way the system works for the rich and poor, and eventually, Will is able to gain extra time from Henry. Once an unfortunate event occurs in Will’s life, he seeks revenge on the system that keeps the classes separated. Timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) begins to track Will after believing he committed a murder in order to get the additional time. Will travels to a better district in order to stop the unfair treatment of classes; Will encounters Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) who is the daughter of a very rich and powerful man named Phillipe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser). Shortly after Will and Vincent meet, the fight between the classes officially begins.
The characters in this film seem to be well developed, and each actor brings their character to life. In a way, Will and Sylvia are relatable because who hasn’t wanted to change the way the system works or been a bit rebellious. Fortis is the man most people love to hate; he is a perfect bad guy. Raymond is the typical cop trying to make sure everyone obeys the laws and the way of life; he sticks to the rules no matter what and expects the same from the citizens, as well. Phillipe is the man opposing the protagonist, so the viewer, of course, wants to see him defeated. The characters’ motives are able to maintain the attention of the viewer and keep a person from looking at their own watch during the movie.
Even though, In Time might not be the very best in its genre, it sure does an excellent job keeping the audience entertained. Not only is there action, but a deep plot that makes a person think of their own life. This movie is definitely worth watching.
My Rating: ★★★★