Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
Set in a fictional near future the human species has mastered the ability to control the aging process where everyone does not age past twenty five as long as they have enough time. Justin Timberlake (Will Salas) is a hard working average male who is living with his mom (Olivia Wilde). Will saves a rich man from death by a group of thugs and is given over a century in time. With time he decides to cross the time zones, where the different classes are separated, and take down the system that keeps people down.
Talk about being relevant to the times. Take away the sci-fi and you find a story that could be the benchmark for the Occupy Wall Street protestors here in Houston. Will Salas has a plan to take down the company and finds a partner in crime in Amanda Seyfried (Sylvia Weis). Sylvia is the daughter of uber wealthy Philippe Weis. She is attracted to Will and finds his unique outlook on life as a way of pissing off her father. There’s a strong Bonnie and Clyde vibe going on with Will and Sylvia that I got when they began to rob the banks that manages the time needed to live. Even giving away the time to people in the ghetto and time zones. Robin Hood would have been so proud.
In a major city you find the hustle and bustle of everyday people and don’t think much of it. But when Sylvia watches Will run, the act revealed Will’s true identity among the rich. I found this very honest and raw with respect to the real world and how it works in much the same way. Those who have don’t feel rushed, and those who don’t have rush along. This one scene really brings home the fact that Will is fighting for something he truly believes in and made me believe as well.
Cillian Murphy (Raymond Leon) is a timekeeper whose job is to keep track of time being distributed among the people. In short he is basically the time police. When Will and Sylvia are robbing the banks of time, Raymond is sent to capture them and restore order. Murphy’s character was a tough one to figure out. On one hand he is a by the books kind of guy who built his way up. Yet on the other hand he is in the same situation as Will where time is not a luxury afforded to him either since timekeepers aren’t paid well.
The one constant throughout the movie were the number of time references/puns. It seemed like every exchange of conversation mentioned how much time they have or how time could not be wasted. In Time kept me entertained with both it’s witty dialogue and James Bond like action sequences that should be a movie to look for in theatres.