Movie Review: In Time

Any movie that begins with a shirtless Justin Timberlake is alright by me. In an instant, I was glued to the screen once I saw Timberlake’s sexy back… literally. In all seriousness, with the Occupy Wall Movement making headlines everywhere, “In Time” couldn’t have picked a better time to hit theaters. In essence the movie is a social commentary about the division of the haves and have-nots. In this society, money is replaced with time as the currency of choice. The rich can live forever while the poor live minute by minute.

In this retro-future world, everyone stops aging at the age of 25-years-old. No botox needed. Once they reach that age, the countdown to their death begins. Everything in this society is paid for by giving up minutes, days, weeks out of your life. Timberlake plays Will Salas, a young man trying to support himself and his mother. In a twist of fate, Salas meets a wealthy man (Matt Bomer) who’s tired of living. Before committing suicide, Bomer’s character transfers all his time credits to Salas and encourages him to “not waste his time“. In other words, make a difference in the world.

Now with more resources, Salas decides to head over to the promised land called New Greenwich. For all you nerds, you’ll know this is a wink and nod to Greenwich Mean Time which is the basis for all our time zones. But all isn’t bliss due to Bomer’s suicide. The FBI-like police called the “Timekeepers” begin a manhunt to capture Salas since they rule it a murder. On the flip side, he also has criminals looking for him trying to steal his newly found time-richness. Confused yet? In essence, he has both good and evil on his jock.

Along the way, he meets a rich heiress, Sylvia Weis, played by Amanda Seyfriend. Instantly there is an attraction and the two get it on. When Salas’ real identity is revealed, Salas kidnaps Sylvia to insure his safety. As you would guess it, Sylvia relishes in this new adventure she has been thrust into. At long last, she’s finally living. All of a sudden, poor rich girl joins Salas’ cause and the two begin robbing the rich to redistribute the wealth.

I have to admit, I enjoyed the movie much more than I thought I would. Timberlake and Seyfriend were believable as a modern day Bonnie & Clyde. Their chemistry is undeniable and you find yourself rooting for them. Admittedly, their whole Robin Hood steal from the rich, give to the poor mantra is a bit cheesy, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The supporting cast is equally as strong. If you thought Matt Bomer was gorgeous on television, wait til you see him on the big screen. He makes hot Brit Alex Pettyfer look like chopped liver. Other notable names appearing in the film are Cillian Murphy (Red Eye), Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory), Yaya DaCosta (ANTM) and Olivia Wilde (House). There is one scene between Wilde and Timberlake that unexpectedly caused me to tear up a bit. I know, I’m lame.

“In Time” Movie Trailer

The film has a few humorous moments that made the audience chuckle. Obviously, with everyone looking like 25 now matter how old they are is cause for some silly situations. When Timberlake calls Wilde his “mom“, you can’t help but LOL.

My friend who accompanied me to the film brought up a good point. If the gimmick of time didn’t replace money, would the movie be as interesting. Probably not, but it was a worthwhile time to spend two hours. If you’re looking for some escapism this weekend, I highly suggest it. Timberlake’s sexiness is worth the price of admission alone. He’s definitely coming into his own with his acting as well. As good as he was in “the social network“, he was even better in “In Time”.

Movie Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Isabelle

    I’m excited to see this movie, I will watch anything and everything with Matt Bomer even if he’s not in it long enough. Alex P is a plus too.