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20th Century Fox, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises and Strike Entertainment present a 109 minute, PG-13, crime, sci-fi, thriller directed and written by Andrew Niccol with a theatrical release of October 28, 2011.

In life we are given time and we spend it as we see fit based on the longevity of our lives.  “In Time” people’s lifeline is as good as 25 years plus one but from that point on you must beg, borrow or steal to stay alive, that is unless you’re rich, than you rank in the top zone of New Greenwich and experience immortality. 

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is not so lucky living in what is considered the ghetto with his 50 year old mother Rachel (Olivia Wilde) who doesn’t look a day over 25.  His father had died when he was young and Will continues to live each day in his loss.  Living on limited time Will makes the best of it day to day as he watches people die on the streets because they have run out of time.  Everyone’s time is calculated on their arms and they are able to transfer it from one to the other with an arm to arm contact.  Anyone who has a large amount of time on their arm is best to hide it since it can easily be stolen especially by Fortis (Alex Pettyfer) and his Minutemen.  Everything in this not so distant future is bought with time so no money is ever used and when you use up your time and your arm calculates to all zero’s, you’re dead.

One night after work at a local bar, Will meets up with his closest friend Borel (Johnny Galecki) who states a man at the bar is buying everyone drinks, which means he’s using his time up.  It doesn’t seem to matter since he is well into the hundreds of years.  When Fortis and his Minutemen show up to take his time, Will decides to get involved and help this man, Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) escape.  Held up in a warehouse Henry explains he’s from another zone and has decided immortality is not meant to be, nor natural, so he transfers all his time to Will.  What better gift to give his mother for her birthday than time but before he can get to her, as she runs to him for her life, time is up, leading Will to fight the system taking time from the rich to give to the poor.  Yes, like a futuristic Robin Hood on the run for his and other people’s lives like in a scene from “Logan’s Run”.

With so much time on his arm Will decides to travel the time zones into New Greenwich.  He doesn’t quite fit in there but makes the best of it especially since he’s able to buy what he likes with so much extra time given to him by Henry.  One issue though, Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy), the Timekeeper and his men are after Will for the murder of Henry.  One night he decides to travel to the local casino where he meets up with Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser), owner of Weis Lender, where is mother once worked.  Over a game of poker Will soon up’s his time and in the meantime also meets Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) who Will has taken a liking too.  He gets invited to a party at their house, buys a new sports car, attends the party, hooks up with Sylvia in the ocean than gets a visit by Raymond Leon and his men, who strip away his time.  When he makes a run for it he takes Sylvia as his hostage and the chase is on.  One small fact, Sylvia has romantically fallen for Will and decided to help in his quest to fight the system that her father controls.

On the run from the law with a warrant for their arrest and a reward of 10 years, they seek help back in Will’s home town where now the two are running from the Timekeepers and the Minutemen.  The Timekeepers never seem to bother the Minutemen since they steal from their own people which means nothing to the rich.  The rich live forever and the middle class and poor die young.  Sounds like what’s happening in present day times let alone the future.  Both Will and Sylvia, pretty much the new Bonnie and Clyde, have decided to rob a bigger vault that of her fathers who happens to be harboring one million years.  If they can do it they can change the world by destroying the zones and collapsing the system and with a 100 year reward on their heads, it’s time to hit the bigger banks.

I have to say I loved the idea of the story but the director seemed to have a difficult time keeping it thrilling enough with the lack of special effects, continuity and seasoned actors for an action film.  All I can say is what were they thinking by leaving the car crash scene with Timberlake and Seyfried in the final cut.  It looked like something out of a really bad movie filmed in the distant past rather than the future.  The writing even seemed to have a number of holes and unnecessary characters.  I can’t even say I was thrilled with the cinematography since it seemed to lack anything of a futuristic sense.  They seemed to have tried to shoot in areas away from major metropolis’s, maybe I guess to save on the budget which hurts the appearance and believability of the film, it’s plot and its characters. 

Timberlake, who I respect as a singer and supporting actor mainly in comedy or even drama seemed to struggle with an action role that might have been better played by a stronger looking lead.  He does have his moments that he shines but overall he still tends to look a bit green as an action star.  Seyfried like Timberlake had her moments as well but overall seemed a bad choice to play opposite Justin.  She even tended to look confused and out of place so many times in her dress and high heels.  Olivia Wilde who happens to play Timberlake’s mother, which was a strange scene, could have been a better choice for female lead.  Thank goodness for Murphy who performs well as the Timekeeper but if he had switched with Timberlake we might have had a bit more perfection to the roles.  Not quite sure if Pettyfer was just too cute for the lead but he definitely pulls off his character as the Minuteman. There are many other characters sewn throughout the story adding to the storyline but none that had any major screen time worth mentioning.  What I anticipated to be an action film breakout for Timberlake shows some promise but tends to just run out of time but not quite quick enough.  Written with one and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.


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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever... | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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