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IN TIME is a stereotypical science fiction movie with a strong humanist, communist attitude and cheesy dialogue. It clearly has communist message of taking from the rich and giving to the poor so everyone can be on the same level. As one pundit put it, that’s “trickle up poverty.” MOVIEGUIDE® rejects this kind of unbiblical politics of envy. IN TIME also has some very strong violence, foul language, and innuendo. Don’t waist your time with IN TIME. Instead, media-wise viewers probably would want to check out the writer/director’s other works, such as THE TRUMAN SHOW, THE TERMINAL, or GATTACA.
(HH, AcapAcap, PCPC, CoCo, Ev, LL, VVV, S, N, AA, MM) Strong humanist, anti-capitalist, politically correct, communist re-distribute the wealth worldview, with a couple mentions of Darwinism; 17 obscenities and 4 profanities; strong and very strong violence includes man falls of bridge after letting his life time run out, men shoot at each other, shooting at cars, cars run into buildings, car falls off cliff and passengers scarred, main character shoots three men and kills them, women character shoots police and holds gun up to father; some sexual innuendo such as girl in underwear kisses man, prostitutes strolling, and other kissing; upper male nudity, skinny dipping but no nudity seen, girls (including prostitutes) in scantily clad outfits, girl in underwear; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking; and, lying, kidnapping, rebellion against father, comments on evolution, stealing, gambling.
Set in the future, IN TIME shows time being the currency of the day, where people will do anything to add time to their life clocks. IN TIME clearly cost a pretty penny but money doesn’t lead to quality, the dialogue and acting was cheesy, and there was a clear communist undertone.
Justin Timberlake plays Wil Salas, who’s fighting every day to live just a little longer, usually having only one day left. His fortunes go up though when Wil saves an extremely rich man, who in turns gives Wil all of his years. On his mother’s birthday, she clocks out of time and dies in his hands. In distress, Wil decides to transfer time zones into the richest, in order to “pay them back for what they have done.” Meeting a wealthy bank owner’s daughter, Sylvia, Wil takes her captive when the police, known as timekeepers, come for his arrest due to suspicions about his newfound years.
As a ransom, Wil asks Sylvia’s father, Philippe, to turn in a thousand years to the bank in the slum area so that the poor people can get out loans. Philippe doesn’t give the time, however. This leads to the already rebellious Sylvia willingly staying with Wil in the slums.
Sylvia and Wil work together stealing from her father’s banks to give to the poor. All the while, the Timekeepers are out to get the two of them, along with the local slum gang leader.
IN TIME clearly had a large budget, but this doesn’t negate the issue of the cheesy dialogue. The writer/director, Andrew Niccol (GATTACA and THE TRUMAN SHOW), doesn’t hit the mark this time. He creates dialogue viewers have always heard time and time again in this genre. Worse, there’s clearly a strong humanist, communist message of taking from the rich and giving to the poor in order for everyone to be on the same level. The rich are seen as greedy and lack compassion, whereas the poor are justified in their fight to live, and, if that means stealing from the rich, then they have that right. An emphasis on giving loans to the poor is also a big theme.
MOVIEGUIDE® rejects this kind of unbiblical politics of envy. As one pundit put it, redistributing wealth like the protagonist does in this movie is just “trickle up poverty.”
All in all, IN TIME is a stereotypical science fiction movie with major worldview problems. Media-wise viewers won’t want to waste their time with IN TIME. Instead, they’d probably prefer checking out the writer/director’s other, better movies, THE TRUMAN SHOW, THE TERMINAL, or GATTACA.
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