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:: In Time

After the disappointment that was The Adjustment Bureau I have to admit I was pretty skeptical when approaching In Time, but I was so pleasantly surprised. This is a sci-fi that genuinely works. Its characters are interesting and it has enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. And yes to answer the elephant that is the room, Justin Timberlake’s acting is up to standout.

In Time is set in a period where people wear their life-clock ticks down on their arms. When it reaches zero you’re dead, and with time working as currency more often than not you’re going to die young. For Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and his mother, Rachel (Olivia Wilde) make ends meet by just scraping by. However, after a chance meeting with Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) and the death of Rachel Will learns the secret of how the rich live such long lives and he sets about getting revenge. With Timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) hot on his tails Will soon finds himself teaming up with socialite, Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) in order to get his mission done.

While In Time may not be as slick as a film like The Matrix it is certainly a sci-fi that will impress. The only holes in director/screenwriter, Andrew Niccol’s screenplay are only small and he has developed a storyline that does totally stuck you in. His lead character of Will is interesting and easily identifiable with, you want Will to succeed because he is technically a modern day Robin Hood. The fact that there are many questions about Sylvia’s character only adds to the suspense of the story at hand. My only major gripe is that some of the Timekeepers are given some pretty one-dimensional lines, but that can easily be excusable when you are so engulfed with the story at hand.

With a brilliant performance in The Social Network and not much to work with in Friends With Benefits and Bad Teacher all eyes are going to be on Justin Timberlake’s performance. Well he doesn’t put in an Oscar-winning performance but he does put in an effort credible enough to prove that he does actually have a future ahead of him as an actor. He is good in an action based range but also shows glimpses of a dramatic range that shows he is actually capable of much more. Here he is also well supported by Amanda Seyfried whose performance is not too dissimilar to Milla Jovovich’s in The Fifth Element. Cillian Murphy also seems to relish in the role of a mysterious Timekeeper.

In Time is certainly not an award-winning film but it will certainly hold its interest. It’s storyline is enough to keep the audience interested and you will find your eyes fixed on the screen from start to finish. Not brilliant but this sci-fi is good enough to warrant respect.