Film Review: In Time
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Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, In Time is set in the year 2161, a future where time has taken over as the world’s currency. At the age of 25 a person stops ageing, but the fluorescent green clock fitted into their arm starts ticking giving them only one more year to live. From then on they must work for more time if they wish to carry on living, but it’s not as easy for those outside of New Greenwich who live off hours rather than years. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives in the ghetto, a time zone where people live day-to-day, working their hardest to make it even through the night. When a stranger gives Will over a century of life, he becomes determined to change this way of living and heads to the richest timezone in a Robin Hood fashion – he must steal from the rich and give to poor. However, timekeeper Raymond (Cillian Murphy) is on his trail accusing him of murder, forcing Will to kidnap millionaire and time-loaning businessman Phillipe Weis’ (Vincent Kartheiser) daughter, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), and take her hostage to protect his own life. Full of roof top chases, car flips and gun fights, In Time sets itself up to be an action film, but it doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head. The car flips are flimsy, and the roof top chases often comprise of Timberlake dragging around an impressionable Seyfried who’s trailing behind. But these weaknesses don't prevent In Time being a good film, at least in the sense that the story around these characters is constantly interesting. The film has a good cast, more so with the smaller roles including best friend Borel (Johnny Galecki) and Will’s mother (Olivia Wilde) who are engrossing in their roles, far from the ones that are expected of them; Galecki doesn’t live up to his geeky stereotype and Wilde plays a character twice her age, and for this they both exceed. Timberlake and Seyfried, as well, put in strong perfromances. Seyfried especially prevails
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