In the future, people are genetically made to age only until 25, so everyone looks crazy young. After hitting 25 a clock in your body starts counting down from a year. The rich collect time and simply live forever, while the poor struggle to buy up more time before the clock hits zero and they die. Will Salas(Justin Timberlake) is just simply a good guy trying to make as much time he can for himself and his mother(Olivia Wilde) so their clocks don’t run out. Then a rich man or man with a lot of time, whoever you want to put it, shows up in Will’s life. The man gives Will over a hundred years in time which allows him to get into high society. Problem is he finds the system is rather rigged for the “rich” as time keepers show up to arrest him. Will then kidnaps a rich man’s daughter, Sylvia Weiss(Amanda Seyfried) and goes on a mission to destroy the system.
I love the film Gattaca, so I knew that Andrew Niccol would bring it here. In Time is a great idea, and most of the fun is the world that is created. The future looks pretty bleak in this world. The poor live horribly while the rich live in luxury but overly protect themselves and live rather boring lives as they protect the time they’ve collected. The films pace is frankly perfect, a solid blend of action and set up. My only complaint would be the concept that people can transfer time to one another a little too easily. All one would have to do is grab someone’s arm. That is a very small complaint though.
What really stands out here is the lead Justin Timberlake. Sure he was once in a boy band. These last five years he really has jumped out and shown how talented he is. He has been fantastic on SNL. He was not afraid to look like a total ass hole in The Social Network. Here he does a very solid job at being an action star. A good blend of being a future robin hood and a man jilted by a world where the poor die rather quickly. Timberlake pulls this off, some credit must go to Niccol but I believe this film can be the one JT fans can hold up and show off, he’s really good here. Amanda Seyfried is also very good here, playing an innocent woman whose eyes are opened to the real world. She and Timberlake also have very strong chemistry.
In the end it was nice to see some fun science fiction with a good plot and no over the top CGI. It’s also nice to see a film that really goes after how bad things are right now. The rich no longer want to build but hold on to their cash. So the movies voice and structure are great. Little nit picky things here and there but the film is strong. I would say something corny like “take time to see it” but I won’t… Even though I just did.