Of all the sci-fi and comic book-superhero movies that have come out in the last couple of months, none of them are near as entertaining as In Time. This film takes ahold of you and doesn’t let go until the time is right. However, due to the fact that we live in a world where there have been only so many stories told, there are bound to be times in which we see similar movies as well.
In Time is one of those rare classic movies that should not be missed. It has all the crucial elements that a good sci-fi film has. The villain (Vincent Karthieser) is very demeaning and sometimes completely unaware of his surroundings. There is a good guy (Justin Timberlake) who is not afraid to take someone for their money, or in this case time. Time is the element that makes all the characters in the film do the things that they, well do.
In Time in many ways is about how one would do more things in life granted, that more time was available to him or her. Thus, we meet Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) someone who works for a living and always has just enough time to get by. It appears Salas has a good life he has a mother (Olivia Wilde) and a good friend from work Borel (The Big Bang Theory’s Jonathan Galecki). Then one day he meets Henry Hamilton (White Collar’s Matt Bomer) in a bar that has over a decade’s worth of time. Salas then gets to know Henry, and from here the two go back to Salas’s place only to have Hamilton kill himself before Salas is able to stop him. However, due to the fact that time is so crucial in this film, the characters only live to the age of twenty-five or until their digital clocks, which are imprinted on their hands, runs out.
In more ways than one In time reminded me of another classic sci-fi film Logan’s Run. Which Starred Michael York (Romeo and Juliet) and Jenny Agutter, this is a fun film, but looks stupid today compared to all the glorious CGI that exists in today’s films. Logan’s Run may be what inspired director Andrew Niccol of Gattaca fame to write In Time. The plot is very similar, but has minor differences. For example instead of your clock running out, you die at the age of thirty and have five more years to live. Plus, you are judged by the almighty computer spirits to decide if you live for another thirty years. So in some ways the world in Logan’s Run is just that much better to live in.
However, as the story goes we find out more about the powers that be and the answer is never pleasing to anyone in the film.
The acting in both films is great, but they both take it to Bonnie and Clyde proportions with both leads male and female. Also the female leads played by both Jenny Agutter and Amanda Seyfried are virtually the same character, one could compare looks but, when it comes to film does it really matter that much?
In Time is definitely one of those movies that you won’t want to miss, but if you have the time check out Logan’s Run you’ll enjoy it just as much.