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Film Review: In Time


This 2011 film is set in a dystopian future where people stop aging at twenty-five. I know, doesn’t sound that bad! But as you might suspect this future is far from perfect. You’ve heard of the expression ‘time is money’, well in this reality it literally is. Once a person hits twenty-five and stops ageing, the clock on their arm is activated with a set amount of years on it and these years are currency. 

Twenty-eight year old Will Salas (played by Justin Timberlake) lives in Dayton the poorest zone (what is considered the ghetto) with his 50 year old widowed mother Rachel Salas (Olivia Wilde). In the ghetto people live day to day and have, at most, 24 hours on their arm. 

Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) on the other hand lives in New Greenwich, the wealthiest zone. The zones are there to divide the classes. Those who are rich can afford to pay a toll to move freely through zones, while people who live in deprived zones can’t afford to escape their position or rise to the top of the economic ladder. 

However, things change for Will when he encounters a man at his local bar. The man (played by Matt Bomer) has one million years on his arm, which in Dayton where a person will get killed for twenty four hours or less, is a death sentence. This sets into motion the chain of events that could change everything.

Strong performances offered by all the cast in this film. However, I have to say, that while the cast was great across the board, especially Justin Timberlake (whose music I have never loved but is really gifted as an actor) it was Matt Bomer and Cillian Murphy who I thought stood out with their performances as millionaire and tortured soul, Henry Hamilton, and timekeeper (this world’s law enforcement) Raymond Leon. 

Though only in the film briefly, Bomer shines as the richest man in the world. One who has lived too long and sees the flaws in this worlds system along with the terrible truth behind it. Cillian Murphy, meanwhile, gives us a complex character brilliantly executed in a film where at times the character development was a little lacking.       

The best way I can think to describe In Time is as an original and futuristic take on Bonnie and Clyde. Dark, sexy and thought provoking In Time is definitely worth your time to watch.

Written by Sophie Watts


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