The other day I got to go see the movie ‘In Time’ (Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried) when my girlfriend and her roommate came out to visit me on the Cape. While they were pleasantly amused by the simple storyline with the hottest young actors in Hollywood today, I was less than enthralled by yet another spin off of a classic story.
Imagine a world where time literally is money. Once you turn 25 you stop aging, but now you have to start earning time just to stay alive. A cup of coffee will cost you four hours while a night at a hotel will cost you a month. In this world, living from paycheck to paycheck means you wake up every morning with just enough time to make it through the day. In this story JT plays a rags to riches character much like Aladdin who ends up robbing the rich to give to the poor much like Robbin Hood.
Apart from a crash scene that will literally make you laugh with how awful the special affects are and the incessant amount of cliches about time, the pace of the film wasn’t that bad. And since the premise is built on the fact that nobody ages over 25, the cast is full of Hollywood’s hottest young actors (Matt Bomer, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer), though some were hard to image they were only 25 (Cillian Murphy, Johnny Galecki). The only thing that would have made this film more comical was if the cut off was at 12 or 16 years of age and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.
While the ending will appeal to the average audience for not taking any risks by rewriting the classics, it didn’t carry enough impact to warrant a good review.
I give this film 3 out of 5 stars for being a 109 minute long cliche.