Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Overall Rating: 8.5
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy and Action/Adventure
Contains: Violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, strong language
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Vincent Kartheiser
MPPA Rating and Time: PG-13. 1 hr. 49 min
The movie takes place in the near future where everything is time. Your food, clothes, cars, home, etc. All of it time. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a 25-year-old, 3 times over. In a world where you don’t age past the age of 25, Will lives with his mother (Olivia Wilde). However, when the time runs out, Will goes to the town where the wealthy live and kidnap the daughter of a millionaire Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried). Together they try to right the wrong by stealing time from the rich and giving to the poor. With the clock ticking, will they have the time to do all they want?
This movie was very interesting for me. Here you have Justin Timberlake in a serious role. Granted he did a great job in “Social Network”, but it is good to see him in an action movie where he does a great job in. The movie basis was interesting for the main reason that they don’t hide around anything and tell the truth in what society is. The rich become richer and the poor become poorer. This concept was a little similar except when they threw in the “time is the currency” type of scenario. In that respect, this movie was very intriguing. The cast was amazing in this and it was good to see the guy from ”White Collar” in it, even though you don’t really see much of him. For me this movie showed the different type of society where time is everything. For Sci-Fi fans, it is not going to grasp them at first and it might seem a little corny in some areas, but it is definitely an interesting movie that is going to keep you watching.
The movie itself and the storyline would have been better had they explained a few things, but for the most of it, you are going to use your common sense to make out the sense of it all. There was one scene in particular where I was holding my breath as the time counted down. In a world where a Big Mac and Fries can run you 10 minutes of your life, it is very cool to see what they did with this. This movie is “left winged” mentality where you see in the movie where the price for a cup of coffee is going to cost you 3 minutes one day and 4 minutes the next day. This movie put a lot of things into perspective and there were a lot of eye opener scenes that, unfortunately, won’t strike a cord with the already wealthy population of the world.
Another part of the movie is when Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried’s characters give away time to people and it causes more crime. It may not be a realistic movie scenario and there were parts in this were I could have fast forward through, but overall it was a great movie with a lot of interesting parts in it.
This is a must see movie for all of the Sci-Fi type of people who are always looking into the future. There are a lot of ways that this review could go and you can dive into the movie and think of politics and corporate greed, but try to make sure that you go to the movies wanting to see a well written movie with plot lines that make you think and want to see more. With an hour and forty minute retainer, make sure you have enough snacks. I wouldn’t say that this is a Full price ticket, but definite worth the matinee.