In Time (2011)

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run time: 109 mins
rated: PG
considered: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
director: Andrew Niccol
starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki, Shyloh Oostwald, Alex Pettyfer, Vincent Kartheiser, Matt Bomer

movie summary: Many years from now every person born into the world will have a digital clock on their arm. Sometime after their 25th birthday the clock will start and when it runs out they will die. In order to live longer, buy and sell things, and survive people work for time not money. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is about to granted a whole century worth of time which will change his life for both better and worse. Will is now a target for the timekeepers (cops) who plan on getting back his gift and making sure someone like him never gets that kind of time again.

Will is just a regular guy who gets up every day goes to work in the factory, lives with his mom Rachel (Olivia Wilde), hangs out with his buddy Borel (Johnny Galecki), and does odd jobs on the side to help raise enough time to help pay bills and take care of his mom. While at the bar one night he meets Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) who has a century worth of time on his clock, in an attempt to save his life from a gang of thugs who want his time, Will brings Henry to a safe location where the two escape any trouble. Henry is graceful for this kind act but was looking for trouble in attempt to lose his life, he explains he’s been alive for so long that his life isn’t worth living anymore. Before going out to commit suicide the next morning, Henry passes all his time to Will while he was sleeping.

Surprised about his new gift Will gives a decade to Borel and plans a special birthday gift for his mom. Sadly before the night ends Borel drinks himself to death while Rachel dies in his arms. Will is pissed off at the system that allows people to live like they do and when someone has the opportunity to help it is always to late. He decides to travel to the capital city of New Greenwich to live an extraordinary life that he had hoped to give to both his best friend and mother.

On the journey across the 12 timelines, Will begins to understand how snobby New Greenwich people are and how out-of-place he is in the new city. Everyone around him gives him a second look because he doesn’t dress or act like the rest of them. He meets a beautiful women named Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) by chance at a hotel restaurant. The two exchange glances before Will goes upstairs to relax and sleep the next few days away. One night he goes to the casino where he meets Sylvia’s father Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser) in a high stakes poker game. The pair go back and forth all night losing and gaining centuries worth of time. Philippe senses that Will is not from New Greenwich and praises him for his courage to risk the majority of his time every hand and always come out with more. He formally introduces Will and Sylvia who exchange greetings before Sylvia invites Will to her father’s dinner party the next night. Will goes out to buy an antique car to drive to the party in style where his new lifestyle is about to come to a halt.

Timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) has been on the job for 75 years and know every trick in the book. He is finally able to track down Will at the party, arrest him, drag him back to the ghetto, and take away all his time. Will escapes custody and takes Sylvia hostage, they drive back to his home timezone where she begins to see what life is like in the poorest areas. She begins to fall for Will who has shown her a totally different side of the world. Both of them only have one day left on their clocks so they begin to piece together a plan to get more time. Raymond shows up to rescue Sylvia who has called her dad to demand that he give up some of his company’s time to the district so ordinary people can survive. Philippe refuses to give up any of his time so Sylvia shoots Raymond and then both her and Will steal his cop car. The two go out to make citizen arrests to gather as much time as they can for themselves and other people. Sylvia has gone from being kidnap to being wanted for stealing and resisting arrest. She makes a powerful team with Will who decides its time to head back to New Greenwich to rob the city of its richest to give it back to all the other districts who need it too.

When the pair reach the big city, Philippe has surrounded himself with a dozen or so security guards in an attempt to protect himself but Will and Sylvia manage to kidnap him. Inside his personal vault they find one the richest time capsules in the world. Will takes it and Sylvia informs her dad that she is tired of living in a protected world that she wants to do the right thing and give time away. The pair head outside where Raymond has caught up to them again and chases them in his cop car. The pair take off with only a few minutes left on their arms, Raymond meanwhile hops out of the car to pursue them on foot where the trio meet but time may soon be running out for one or all three of them.

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my thoughts: Alright, so before anyone reads a little bit further down and thinks I’m crazy, I need to say that I absolutely love this movie. This was the last movie I saw in theatres in 2011 and I can still remember the day because I was so amazed with this film. Now when I say great movie, I don’t mean this is greatest movie or set of actors, but the concept is new, unique, and entertaining. The story about time being the currency of which we will someday live our lives has never been done before. Most of you will figure out how this movie ends which probably makes a lot of people say it’s predictable, but when you look past that you get to enjoy a futuristic Bonnie and Clyde kind of story.

I don’t think everyone appreciates the type of stuff Justin Timberlake can do on the big screen, because he is extremely resourceful as Will Salas with little to no time or decades worth of time to live. He has great on-screen chemistry with Amanda Seyfried who compliments his dedication, desire, and determination to do the right thing. Cillian Murphy is always at his best when he plays a bad guy and his role as the lead timekeeper in this movie is no exception. The rest of the supporting cast has minor parts because the story really focuses on four people and then branches off of them.

In Time will not be for everyone, hopefully some people can appreciate the creative storyline and characters to give this movie a chance. I’m going to recommend it based on that and look forward to any replies how much you liked it or hated it.

my star rating: 10 out 10

imdb.com: 6.6 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 36% out 100%
metascore: 53/100


6 thoughts on “In Time (2011)

  1. It’s very silly, and sometimes, that silliness works against it. However, it is fun when it wants to be as well. Just silly, like I said before. Good review Ryan.

    1. Thanks Dan for the comment. The story appears to be silly at some points but overall I love the concept of a future where time is everything. I know my high rating won’t please everyone but some movies are loved more then others. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kim for leaving a comment. There are a lot of cheesy moments from all the members of the cast but at least the concept of time is something new. Still an enjoyable film for me today. 🙂

  2. Great review! I loved the concept of the film, enjoyed Seyfried and loved Murphy, but overall there were a few things that didn’t work (I think my biggest gripe being Timberlake).

    1. Thank you Zoe! I don’t know why everyone hates on JT as an actor, I thought he did a great good in this movie. Murphy usually shines in whatever bad guy role he takes on (think Red Eye) and Seyfried brings a certain level of charm and sex appeal to the story. This is one of those movies that will click with some and not with others.

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