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Movie: In Time (2011)

Live Forever or Die Trying

In Time (2011) is a sci-fi thriller movie set in a retro-future where you need to earn time to stay alive.

Synopsis: In a retro-future, people stop aging at 25 years old and they are engineered to live for only one more year. A clock is stamped on their left arm to show how long more will they live. Time is now money, the only means for people to pay their daily necessities. The rich lives forever, while the poor works to earn extra years day by day.

It is here Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) decides to go rogue against the system when his mother, Rachel Salas (Olivia Wilde) timed out (died) in his arms and he's accused of murder when he inherits 100 years from a man who timed himself to death.

Running away from the police force known as the "Timekeepers", led by Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) and gangster group known as the "Minutemen", Will ends up in New Greenwich, the place where the rich lives for centuries. He meets Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser), a very rich owner of an influential time company. Together, they fight against the system.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried - ummm... they look cute together (quoting Sylvia Weis). Well, they really do look cute together. I'm imagining Justin Timberlake pulling some James Bond stunt and Amanda Seyfried as one of those revolver-touting James Bond girl.

Back to the storyline, in the movie's retro-future, time is money. The poor has a limited amount of time and they need to earn time to continue living, whereas the rich has an eternity to spend. The cost of living increases irrationally, causing more and more poor ones to time out faster in order to sustain the the rich ones' selfish desire of immortality.

Doesn't this sound familiar to you? In our real world, the poor and the rich are segregated by the amount of money and possessions they have. The poor always doesn't have enough, while the rich has too much money to spend. Now matter how hard the poor works and toils, they can't seem to earn enough, whereas the rich always seem to have more than enough. UNFAIR!

In the movie, the poor has no time to waste because each minute counts. They might drop dead anytime by being robbed or simply because their timer times out. The rich? They have an eternity to spend and they do so selfishly and unflinchingly.

A good sci-fi this is and how I wish it incorporates some of Christopher Nolan's styles, especially from Inception, well, whatever that means. Do watch it if you're a sci-fi movie fan.


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