Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer , Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki
Written, Produced and Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Release: 28 Oct, 2011 (US)
“For a few to be immortal, many must die.”
And therein lies the premise of IN TIME, a film written and directed by Andrew Niccol (who also brought us Gattaca and The Truman Show).
Here’s the setup: it is late 21st Century and the human race is genetically engineered to stop ageing at 25 and are given one more year to live unless they have “replenished” their clocks. In this world, the currency of exchange is time – you literally trade for more time on this earth. Everyone is born with a clock (it’s digital, if that helps) on their left forearm and you “transact” on your right.
In this world, time zones are literally geographic areas that determine how long you have to live. In Dayton (the “ghetto”), the average life expectancy for its occupants is 23 hours compared to that of New Greenwich (where the rich live) of 347 years. The rich can earn decades at a time, effectively making them immortal, while the poor do whatever it takes to survive from day to day. To keep the ghetto-dwellers from earning their way out of their time zones, the rich drive up the cost of living, essentially making it impossible for them to move outside their borders. Continue reading