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In Time (2011)

Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Muphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, Olivia Wilde, Matthew Bomer
Directed by: Andrew Niccol

U.S. Opening Date: October 28, 2011


In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as "time keepers".


Director Andrew Niccol has written two bona fide science fiction classics, namely the prophetic Truman Show and the underappreciated Gattaca, which is about a future dominated by genetically-modified übermenschen. (Next up for the director is The Host, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s alien invasion take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers.)

In Time gives off a definite whiff of Gattaca, which is the good news. The bad news seems that it is “Gattaca, but with guns” and looks to be in danger of descending into straightforward chase movie action clichés – a sort of Marxist power fantasy version of Logan’s Run in which one man single-handedly brings down The System TM. Or maybe it is the bad taste that Repo Men left in the mouth talking . . .

Time well, er, tell whether Niccol has sold out to Hollywood by giving them a dumbed action movie down version of Gattaca. Until then we remain cautiously optimistic. Even Niccol’s failed efforts such as Simone and Lord of War were more interesting than most of the drivel squeezed out by the Hollywood meat grinder, so consider us excited.










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