“In Time” is a bold new film with a powerful message. The movie is set in the future, where people stop aging at twenty five. After they come of age, their death clock starts ticking. Time is the currency, and they are only given one year by default. To live longer, they must earn time, just like money. But, unlike money, when you run out of time, you die.
The movie stars Justin Timberlake, with Amanda Seyfried holding a supporting role. I was a little unsure about seeing it because it stars Justin Timberlake (aka Mr. Sexyback). I decided to forgive Justin for his past atrocities and see the movie. I was not disappointed. Timberlake plays a very convincing lead role. He plays Will Salas, a man who comes from the ghetto of the futuristic society. The inhabitants are so poor, they would rob a man for a month of time. There is a place similar to a soup kitchen that provides time that is always going empty. Everyday there are dead people on the street who ran out of time.
Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried)’s life is a large contrast to Will‘s. She is the daughter of the richest man in the world. She lives a luxurious life in New Greenwich, the place where all the wealthy live. Sylvia never has to worry about running out of time, unlike Will Salas, who has to worry about dying every day of his life. She also has the uncanny ability to run in five inch heels.
Will Salas remained a poor man on the verge of death until he saves the life of a man with a century worth of time. The man gives his time to Will, with the request that he does not waste it. Will meets Sylvia and they decide to destroy the system; to take from the rich and give to the poor. The whole time they are on their mission, “Timekeeper” (basically a cop) Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) is chasing Salas down because one: Salas is accused of stealing the time he was given by the generous man, and two: he is messing with the system. Then Sylvia’s father, Phillipe Weis (Vincent Kertheiser) goes after the pair, along with the “minutemen”, who are basically the mafia.
The message of the movie is criticism of the US capitalism system, where the rich rule everything and allow the poor to die in the streets. The message fits in well with the Occupy Wall Street movement and the ninety nine percent. If you get it, which it’s kind of hard not to, the message is very bold. It says the system, where the rich live in luxury while allowing the poor to suffer and die, is not right. “In Time” helps put the idea of the corrupt US capitalism system into real-life terms. It also touches on the fact that if the current system is destroyed, a new system (a fair one) will have to be built from the ground up. The film does a great job of portraying its message.
Along with being interesting and meaningful, the movie is suspenseful and a slight bit tragic. The movie has many moments of suspense, where you will wonder whether Will’s time will run out. The suspense and the action keep the film exciting. There are a few moments of tragedy, which strike the heart and make the message more powerful.
If you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend, I highly recommend “In Time”. It will go above and beyond your expectations and it will make you think.
Lauren Voyles, Staff Writer