My boyfriend and I finally got to see the movie this past Friday, a week after the release. I didn’t expect much from this action flick prior to going. In fact, I told myself I would at least get to see Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried on screen if all else fails. But “In Time” exceeds my expectations. Here’s why:
– The concept that time is the currency really makes you think of life in different terms. Everything you do to live (spending money on food, lending, sleeping, and just being) brings you closer to death. People from the ghetto do everything faster than the upper class for fear of running out of time.
– In a world where no one ages past 25, everyone looks young and hot (albeit sometimes tired due to working too hard or being too ancient like Twilight’s vampires). The great cast includes antagonist Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Red Eye) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). It was a pleasant surprise to see hot Olivia Wilde (House, Tron: Legacy) and the angelic Matt Bomer (White Collar) even in brief supporting roles.
– The movie is politically relevant to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The idea of being the 99% and fighting your survival is always uneasy. Although the conspiracy is more spelled out and extreme in fiction, it may not be too far off from reality.
– There are really impactful moments at the beginning, mostly the deaths of three people surrounding the protagonist. Also, there’re romantic sparks between Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried even though there is no explicit sexuality. It’s rated PG 13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language.