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214. In Time

Published March 5, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: In Time Director: Andrew Niccol Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 49

Background Info

Saw the trailer for this one ages and ages and eons ago. I was super excited about the concept, but found the trailer to be quite long which made me worry it would be lengthy and complicated. Here’s what I said at the time:

“This concept seems very intriguing – not quite the time travel that I love so much, but using time as a unit of currency instead. I’ve never quite been convinced of Justin Timberlake in the lead role, but he was good in the Social Network, so I can’t hold his Michael Jackson dance moves against him. The three women of different generations all looking the same freaks me out just a little bit though.”

Live Blog

4:23 - We are slaves to the clock anyway, this is just the extreme! 5:56 - I wonder who chose 25 as the age limit though, and why? 7:50 - No one says “I won’t do anything stupid,” unless they are about to do something stupid. 12:20 - Imagine being 105! 14:22 - “If I had all that time, I sure as hell wouldn’t waste it.” 15:36 - How does your arm know which way you want the transaction to go? 21:05 - You can tell by the music what is going to happen. 22:59 - “How long you been keeping time?” 24:28 - A month to cross the border! 25:23 - A year! 30:17 - Is he just scoping everything out? Because he’s spending a lot of time and not enjoying himself much. 33:36 - Mr C and I did not know whether the hands were any good. Must learn basic poker. 37:53 - “The poor die and the rich can’t live.” 39:28 - I don’t know how people can sleep with glowing arms like that. 41:22 - That policeman is so Matrix it hurts. 41:40 - Timekeeper, not policeman. 45:42 - Awesome police car! Or time car perhaps? 47:11 - I like that the cars make electric noises, though. 48:29 - That was the worst model car crash I’ve ever seen! 51:42 - The simple concept of people in the ghetto running more often is interesting. 58:40 - The hand on top is the way the transaction goes. Sorted. 1:00:16 - “It’s nobody’s fault what they’re born with.” 1:07:43 - They do call them cops, then. 1:08:54 - Do they have time for that kind of thing? 1:10:20 - I must say Raymond does not look 25. 1:12:27 - 30% interest! 1:19:09 - Why do people always end up running around on rooftops? Seems like the worst place to be. 1:20:31 - She was running in those shoes? 1:27:43 - I don’t see how you could shoot and win an armwrestle at the same time, but I approve. 1:31:10 - I like that the arm time creates a fashion for half a sleeve. 1:37:58 - So much running in this film! 1:42:20 - I also love that she hasn’t felt the need to change her hair at all. Better than Bourne!

Conclusions

Really enjoyed it. The concept is totally intriguing, I spent quite a long time pondering the idea afterwards. Some of the filmmaking was a let down, particularly the over-use of music to try and stir up emotions - predictable and disappointing. There was also this, which may be the most awful and obvious “toy car in place of real car for crash” scenes I have ever witnessed. Mr C and I both burst out laughing when we saw it, and he mentioned it was like Thunderbirds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbg42qTWqas

So, with a point deducted for the rather lacklustre efforts in filmmaking, I still think this is well worth a view.

**Rating: **45

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