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In Time (2011)

It’s about a world where time becomes the official currency and unit of life. The rich get to live forever while the poor die young. The places are separated into Time Zones and people who live in New Greenwich were the richest while the people who lived in Dayton were poor. You don’t actually start your countdown until 25. But at that point, you have to work to gain time or forever perish when the time runs out.

In this film, two protagonists aim to disrupt this system and seek revenge. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a poor man who struggles with poverty. In a sudden conflict with a rich man, Will Salas earns over a century worth of life. Later on, he meets a rich woman named Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) and they go on an adventure after another conflict occurs.

It had an interesting concept but the overall effect was lacking. The world had enough to be distinguishable but while I was watching the movie, they could have added a whole lot more to make the world much more unique. They could have taken advantage of a lot of things and that would have made the movie much cooler. On the other hand, there were some good things that could be noted. For example, the viewer could understand the situation the poor people were going through and the comparisons between the rich and the poor were made clear. On top of that, they made it pretty clear how important time was. They literally demonstrated that time really is money, a metaphor that’s commonly used to mean business.

The acting added a lot of suspense and emotion and the main actors did a very good job at portraying that. Meanwhile, the action was very intriguing and it definitely got me going. In addition, there was a good mix of fighting, suspense and full on anticipation. You can see that from the beginning of the half way point to the end. They knew when it was appropriate to slow the pace down and when to pick it up. The progression was evenly balanced and there were a few moments that left an impression on me.

Overall, it’s not a bad movie. If you like movies about the future of society and time or if you like action and need a film with a great plot, check out In Time.

-R

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