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Just off to bed, so one last new film before bed....

Synopsis: Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.
IN TIME - starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy, Johnny Galecki, Matt Bomer, and Vincent Kartheiser - opens October 28th.

4 min promo trailer

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/footage-and-new-posters-for-andrew-niccols-sci-fi-thriller-in-time-have-surfaced

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Embedded version - Sorry about the intro/outro bit. Be warned too, that this is general footage rather than an official trailer so runs longer and probably shows a bit more than the normal trailer will (though in this day and age...)

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This is not the Logan's Run remake I wanted.

This looks great, but why on earth did they release that ludicrously long trailer that just tells the entire story in quite a long winded boring way? It's especially unnecessary with a film like this where it has such a great single line concept, it really only needs the tiniest of teasing as it's obviously a cool concept with potential.

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This looks great, but why on earth did they release that ludicrously long trailer that just tells the entire story in quite a long winded boring way? It's especially unnecessary with a film like this where it has such a great single line concept, it really only needs the tiniest of teasing as it's obviously a cool concept with potential.

It looks alright - Justin Timberlake's face doesn't appear to change anywhere and the brief pieces of action (there looked to be 2 or 3 sequences) looked dull and trite. Particularly the bit where he tried to copy Jason Bourne.

But, yes, I grow tired of having a whole movie condensed into a 3 minute trailer and am trying to watch less and less of them.

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In Time has a fantastic core idea. Set at some point in the future, mankind has found a way to stop the aging process at 25. The downside being that from that moment on, everyone only has one more year to live. People can trade that time with each other, and so time has become the currency. The rich can theoretically live forever whilst the poor live by the hour.

There are many likeable points to the film. Many of which are contained within the opening few minutes, as Timberlake's voiceover fills the viewer in on all the details. The settings are wonderfully bleak, giving the film that sense of hopelessness in the face of impending doom. The film's concept has great potential, giving the opportunity to give commentary on today's society, how the focus has become on one's individual needs rather than that of the many.

In one of the film's earlier scenes, the rescued Henry Hamilton writes on the window "Don't Waste My Time" - a message meant for our lead, the rather emotionally stunted Will Salas (Justin Timberlake). But rather than deftfully fulfil that early promise with brevity through clever storytelling, the film meanders. Its main problem is that it fails to flesh out any of the storypoints or issues it hints at. That feeling of a half finished concept fills even the action scenes, where the violence is unexpected and time gaps in scenes unexplained.

To its credit, director Andrew Niccol does maintain the tempo for it to be a tense chase film. Cillian Murphy also nails down the moody detective well, especially given the lean amount of material he had to work with. Justin Timberlake's first lead role is a mixed success. In a way, it's fitting that he was chosen as he shares the same problems with the film itself - namely that he doesn't quite have the range to fulfil the role. That presents the problem of leaving the viewer unsure of the tone of certain scenes. Is Will Salas actually a hero or simple thief?

From the number of plotholes and lack of creativity, the film draws to a rather unsatisfactory conclusion. But one that is a little surprising and questionable of the director. Has Andrew Niccol deliberately created a pro communist statement film?

In Time comes across as a missed opportunity. Whilst Hollywood often churns out unncessary remakes that are a shadow of the original source, this would definitely benefit from one.

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From the number of plotholes and lack of creativity, the film draws to a rather unsatisfactory conclusion. But one that is a little surprising and questionable of the director. Has Andrew Niccol deliberately created a pro communist statement film?

Spoilered details please.

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Ah, thanks for moving my review - couldn't find it in a search.

Expanding on the conclusion statement:

Throughout the film, there are anti-profiteering statements. However towards the end, the film actively campaigns that all human being should have the right to live equally, that Darwin's infamous slogan of "Survival of the fittest" is no longer applicable - a future where no humans have to worry about their necessities is a brighter one.

Whilst this on it's own might not necessarily make a strong politcal statement, it's the destruction of the film's capitalist system that underlines it.

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I saw it last night and thought there was a great deal to like about it - maybe the script could have done with another draft or two - but all the perfomances were good, and as with Gattaca, the style, locations and realisation of a convincing near-future were excellent.

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I saw it last night and thought there was a great deal to like about it - maybe the script could have done with another draft or two - but all the perfomances were good, and as with Gattaca, the style, locations and realisation of a convincing near-future were excellent.

Agree with this. It was pretty good and I wouldn't mind giving it another watch one day. To be honest I think the best performances came from Murphy and Pettyfer - I can't believe he's only 21!

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