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Science Fiction - In Time

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In Time
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Galecki
Directed by Andrew Niccol
Fox Home Entertainment 2012
109 minutes

In Time is a sci-fi Robin Hood tale that tries for a philosophical dimension. Justin Timberlake is about as emotive as Keanu Reeves but he does a good enough job in this SF DVD. In Time is too subdued in its first half to interest someone not into the genre but eventually transitions into the very familiar bad cop chasing the good guy flick. This movie is too cold for its own good though..

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, In Time is dystopian fiction. People live until they are twenty-five. They have a digital clock in their arm that starts the countdown in their twenty-fourth year. You can earn time by working but everything costs time. People in the ghetto cannot seem to get ahead while a 1% has all the time in the world. The time / money metaphor is obviously au courant.

Timberlake plays Will Salas. Salas is given a hundred years by a man who has been alive too long. He goes to New Greenwich where the rich folk live. A very dedicated timecop is chasing him. Salas takes rich kid Sylvia Weis hostage and escapes. They eventually become a Bonnie and Clyde team stealing time from the rich and giving it to the poor. There is also a criminal gang of time thieves called the Minutemen.

Though it is entertaining, In Time never really engages the viewer.

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