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Movie Review: In Time

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.

Rating: 8/10

A cowboy(Daniel Craig) wakes up in the desert. No memory of where he came from or what his name is. All he has is a picture of a women he knows is important to him and a large metal bracelet attached to his arm. From there he finds a small town where his past catches up to him. He meets a gun slingling woman(Olivia Wilde) and gets mixed in with a local rancher (Harrison Ford). He quickly finds out he is a wanted man. Before things can go down old west style, aliens show up, snatch up several people and leave. Everyone must band together and track down the aliens to rescue those who have been taken.

So you read the title and automatically roll your eyes, but once you get past that this movie is frankly something very special. It basically plays with an idea everyone always mentions: “Why didn’t aliens ever invade us in the past?”. Well they play with a lot of great ideas here. First off it is a great Western. Craig’s character is just an amazing bad ass and you can’t help but smile at how old school the movie feels. We get heroes who are tough guys, not afraid to shoot their way out of a bad spot. The movie tosses a lot of character at us and it kind of can get over whelming. Director Jon Favreau who brought us Iron Man 1 and 2 just has a very smooth style. The action feels old school but always keeps us on our toes. Every scene in this movie plays up what makes Westerns great but also making us miss the good old days of adventure films.

Now the aliens are kind of been there done that. They are giant reptilian things with ships that remind us of other ships. The cool thing here though since we’re dealing with the wild west is how the aliens work with it. The use high tech wires to snatch people up which is great. We also find out that simply the aliens are here for gold. This might give you pause but then you just realize that in the old west everyone is out there for gold… So why not the aliens?

The final battle is a little but of a mess, still there are some great moments mixed in and I dug the concept of how the Native Americans got involved. Usually in a film like this they would be throw away characters, here they are actually a key piece to facing off with the aliens. I’d go on with the review but I don’t want to ruin some of the fun. This movie amazingly avoids being campy which I think people should find a miracle. It’s a layered story that is a blast, most of the jokes work, the action is solid. To sum it up Cowboys and Aliens is everything a summer movie should be and you really shouldn’t miss it.

Rating: 8/10