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November 4th, 2011

Movie Review - In Time

In Time

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer, Johnny Galecki, Alex Pettyfer, and more.

Directed by: Andrew Niccol Written by: Andrew Niccol Original Music by: Craig Armstrong

Premise:
In a society where time is used as currency and all people stop aging at age 25, a young man, living from day to day scrapping for time to
live on, finds out the truth about the system and is given a chance to do something about it. (Rated PG-13)

Review: A near future dystopia, we're told up front that all will not be revealed as to how things came to pass for this state of being, but will deal purely with the present. Pacing wise this works in their favor, though curiosity wise, I would have liked a little more background on how
things came to be. Still, there is definitely enough there to get a feel for the status quo and its general effect on the different levels of
society.

Loved the little touches. While tech wise most of the things in the film are simple changes, aside from the flesh clocks themselves, its
the people and the way they do things that make you feel you're not home. One beautiful shot comprised a mother-in-law, her daughter, and
her grand daughter and yet they all looked the same age. Some of the habits by some of the characters showed they were older, despite their looks. The speed at which you did things and took life showed class standing (running to save time for instance, while the rich took everything slowly as they had all the time in the world).

A fun film with smarts thrown in. Unlike a lot of man vs society movies, this one actually acknowledges the fact that small actions won't always solve the problems, and even better, can have repercussions that work against the very things you were trying to do.
This doesn't stop the heroes from coming up with a better solution, but it was very nice that it was even there. (So many ignore that actions
sometimes have adverse reactions!)

Even better, I liked that they showed that being rich wasn't all the glamor everyone in this world assumed. Or that even if you came from
the same background, those who found a way out would not want to acknowledge it or have empathy for those left behind. Even the fact that
getting a lot of time at once wasn't always the best thing for certain people.

The film picks up a Bonnie and Clyde feel during the later part of the film that I found interesting. Though this couple does
similar things, they do it for totally different reasons and don't kill for sport, but could very well be heading for the same ending. 

There were only a couple of minor glitches with regards to a camera angle and video available to the Time keepers or how Will got
driving or shooting experience, but overall was pretty solid. There were several twists and left turns, which kept the whole thing exciting and
moving.

Lots of action, shootings, driving, and light comedy moments. A couple of very poignant spots as well.

Definitely worth a watch!

Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Paying Full Price to See Again)


Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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