In Time review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
In Time is a new science fiction thriller by director Andrew Niccol and tells the story of a world, not unlike our own, where time is used as currency. Ninety-nine percent of the population “work today to pay for tomorrow” and one pays for their coffee, their clothes, their home, in hours, minutes and seconds, each payment taking that amount of time off your life.
The rather disturbing sight of the countdown of one’s life appearing on the flesh of your arm upon turning 25 is what drives this movie forward as Justin Timberlake decides he won’t stand for it any more. A freak accident means that Timberlake’s character, Will, is gifted 100 years on his life span, however the mysterious time authorities cry foul play and Will finds himself on the run, with a beautiful female hostage (Amanda Siegfried) in tow, handing out hours, minutes and seconds to the needy.
The movie has a rather obvious anti-capitalist message but somehow the movie seems to stay in the realm of “light reading”; some great action scenes, a surprisingly impressive performance by Timberlake and a quirky premise make this movie perfectly enjoyable and rather fun. If you do not expect too much of this piece, you will not be disappointed.