I went into In Time prepared to hate it. Sure the plot is original, the cast is sexy and the concept is interesting, but the thought the movie had one big thibg against it: Justin Timberlake. However, it turns out, JT wasn’t the only problem, everything else also was.

In Time
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer, Vincent Kartheiser.

Premise: Written and Directed by Andrew Niccols, in this high concept movie the aging gene has stopped in the future. Everyone will look 25 forever. However, in order to control population time has become currency. Hence forth the mythology “for a few to be immortal, many must die” bleeds into this new world. People in the ghetto “time out” or die quicker than those who are rich with time. Ghetto born Will Salas finds himself gifted with 100 years of time and takes to New Greenwich where he finds the wealthy with the time to waste and time to take so no one has to die before their time.

My Review: In Time has all the makings for a good movie. The cast is attractive, sexy, and beautiful, the futuristic time period was spot on complete with all the toys and costumes, and the concept was exciting, interesting, and original. However, the movie failed in execution. There was no chemistry between the actors, the characters barely related to each other, and the story left a lot of important questions unanswered and incomplete.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried on In Time Movie

We’re supposed to believe Justin Timberlake is Will Salas, a weathered young man who has grown up in the ghetto, gone through a lot of hardships and lived a lot of life, even though he’s not very old. But – I didn’t buy it. I didn’t buy him. I enjoy Justin as a musician, I respect him as a musician, however, as an actor and as a person, there’s something about him that’s off putting. It’s the way he carries himself. It’s a bit of cockiness, with a touch of arrogance. I didn’t buy that Will was a desperate man, in a desperate situation, who falls in love with wealthy girl Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried).

Now about that love, that was another thing I didn’t buy. I adore Amanda Seyfried. Though her movie choices haven’t always been the best (Dear John, Red Riding Hood) I’ve loved her work in Mean Girls and the TV series Veronica Mars. However her chemistry with Justin Timberlake was basically non-existent. Timberlake had more chemistry with his mother (Olivia Wilde) than he did with Seyfried. It’s no one’s fault, it was just bad casting. Not to mention for most of the movie all Seyfried did was run around in high heels and cute dresses.

The only part of the movie that really worked for me was Cillian Murphy. His bright blue eyes told us everything we needed to know. Timekeeper Leon was cold and calculating and had one, uncomplicated goal, Get. Will. Salas.  And while he saved this movie, he also deserved some better supporting actors.

Overall this movie had all the right tools and ingredients, but failed to come up with a movie that was as compelling as it was interesting. I think if it really dug in, developed it’s character, had a stronger male and female lead, the movie would have been a lot more successful. Instead it got caught up in the details and the glamour. And the thing is, if you don’t care about the characters or the story, then the movie fails.

Ratings: 2 ½ Stars

 

Other Things That Saved This Movie

  • Matt Bomer’s pretty pretty blue eyes as Henry Hamilton. What is not to like there?
  • Alex Pettyfer was actually pretty decent.
  • The costumes are pretty great. The minute men looked classy, and all of Amanda’s dresses were adorable, even if I’d never wear them.
  • The concept of the clock was well thought out and executed.
  • Not to be a complete hater on Justin, he did have some great dramatic moments. He wasn’t entirely awful. But he was pretty bad.
  • How can you have a guy as good looking as Ethan Peck in this movie, then only give him one line?
  • I want that jag.

 

 

 

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Comments
  1. yaykisspurr says:

    Yeah I don’t really dig Justin Timberlake as an actor. They believe nowadays any celebrity will sell a movie….but wait…you did buy a movie ticket……haha. Great review. I was hoping this would be another Gattaca. Too bad.

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