Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In Time

  Definitely not the "Best of REM" album. I saw this movie this summer with some friends of mine. I went into it thinking "okay, don't expect much from this." and came out of it thinking "Thank god time isn't money, because I would be really pissed."

  The movie is about a future dystopia where time literally is money. After the age of 25 you have a year to get more time or else the little clock on your arm goes down to zero and you croak. Will Salas (Timberlake) is a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who gets lucky when a guy from the right side of the tracks decides to be a saint and give Salas almost 100 years (which would be worth... well I don't know because they never really elaborate on that) Anyway. The timekeepers (the police) think that Salas killed that good Samaritan and go on a man hunt for Salas. Salas decides to take a ride to the right side of the tracks, he meets the beautiful Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) who for some reason decides that the good life sucks, ditches her dad and all his riches and goes rouge with Salas. All the while the timekeepers are chasing after them and trying to set everything back to the way it was. Meanwhile, the two then play modern day Robin Hood and Little John and spread the wealth all over the place like hot butter on bread.

   Well, I'll tell you this, the cast wasn't necessarily the problem. Sure there was some laughable acting done by Timberlake, but that's because he has done only one really dramatic role in his acting career in the movie The Social Network. What I'm trying to get at though is that the acting wasn't necessarily the problem, it was the script, the whole damn thing. The writers tried to hit on so many themes that it was hard to follow the  actual theme of the movie. The couldn't decide between whether or not it was "Should people live forever" or "This is what our world is coming too". I know that I was supposed to feel connected to Salas and Weis most of all, but I felt more sympathy for the Timekeeper, Raymond Leon, that was chasing them throughout the whole movie. Call me crazy, but it just seemed that he had the most to loose in this whole affair and I felt that at times the movie was a little one sided. It seemed that they tried to hit on so many philosophical and obvious political themes, that it took away from the main theme of the story... whatever that was, it got lost towards the end.

   Sci-fi movies can really be hit or miss. This one was a real miss. I would love to see it again though, if Mystery Science Theater 3000 did it. All in all a 5/10. Only see this movie if you have the time and/or money to waste.

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