Time literally is money in this sci-fi thriller from Gattaca/S1m0ne director Andrew Niccol.
Set in a future where body clock’s stop at 25, life must be earned through work.
Justin Timberlake rebels against the system and kidnaps heiress Amanda Seyfried. Together they become time bandits, robbing from the rich to feed the poor.
Where science-fiction film offers explosive ideas, this promising premise fails to inspire or excite. Its anti-capitalist message might as well be spray-painted across the screen, yet it has none of the tenacity of its Marxist forefathers, from The Crowd ’27 and Metropolis ’27, to Logan’s Run ’76, The Matrix ’99 and Fight Club ’99, to name a few.
The script spoon-fed the audience and disguised acting talent such as Cillian Murphy and Amanda Seyfried as cartoon villain and damsel in distress. As for Justin Timberlake, his ability seems to reach as far as action hero Will Smith in I Am Robot, and to be fair this role requires nothing more, yet for the most part Justin looks drawn and ill, instead of the sexy and reckless character that could have provided a playful energy.
Facing the impending doom of death could have been terrifying, but the repetition of watching lives timing out on biopunk body clocks managed to miss all the impact that Never Let Me Go succeeded in, by picking off its main characters like lemmings (this is including Timberlake’s mother, played by Olivia Wilde, who is 3 years his junior).
The styling mixed S&M bondage with awkward jumpsuits and unflattering wigs, particularly on Seyfried, to which critics have remarked is ‘beauty-sapping’ and ‘swallowing her looks’.
Movieline.com were the only website I found to give a positive assessment of the film, giving it a ludicrously generous 9/10. Comparisons were made to Bonnie and Clyde (oh, the sacrilege) and the critic actually deemed the work to be ‘visual poetry’.
This fortunately unmemorable disaster of a blockbuster is has sadly raking in the dollars, as Distributor Fox says the film is “on track to achieve over $90 million” in the offshore box office. Showing the awesome power of the stars, In Time takes the overall number 2 slot in the international charts, under Speilberg’s Tintin 3D.
Although it depresses me no end that $$ speak volumes, one thing can be certain, this film will not stand the test of time.