In In Time, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are given a single metaphorical conceit – time is money – and asked to streeeeeeeeeetch it out into an entire 90 minute movie….
The results are not entirely unpleasing or unsuccessful – it’s got dashing Matt Bomer for a bit at the beginning, so how could it not be? And some of the social implications of such a dystopian society are nicely done. But basically, Justy and Mands really get to run about a lot like a chemistry-less Bonnie and Clyde, robbing banks and dodging both the law and fellow criminals. Meh, I thought.
Mostly because I found it very very difficult to suspend disbelief. I was continually distracted by whether the movie’s universe is futuristic or alternative, or whether people would ever be stupid enough to ever actually replace money with time, and at what point the ditching of dollars for youth took place. Of course, I don’t think anyone would willingly give up control over their lives in this simplistic way – but then I wouldn’t have thought people would accept the concept of monarchy and eternal second class citizenship in 2012 either, and if this week in Blighty is anything to go by, apparently they do. In Time filmed in and around downtown LA, and I’m reminded I need to re-watch this film once I’ve stayed there during LTS later this month.