In Andrew Niccol’s ln Time, time is of the essence.
He paints a twisted dystopian future where everyone stops aging at 25, and time is currency. Everything’s paid for in hours and minutes – those who’ve amassed enough of it can live forever, while the impoverished struggle and toil just to live another day.
Enter Will Salas (played by Justin Timberlake), a factory worker from the slums of Dayton whose chance encounter with an upper-class man (played by White Collar’s Matt Bomer) leaves him with more time on his hands than he’s ever dreamed of, and the Timekeepers, cops who regulate the flow of time in the city, hot on his heels.
Travelling to New Greenwich, Will meets and falls in love with Sylvia Weis, daughter of one of the world’s wealthiest men, and the two embark on a crime spree kinda like Bonny & Clyde.
Niccol demonstrates the same sort of verve and daring he did in his revolutionary ’90s work Gattaca. In Time boasts high production values, slick visuals, and some really excellent writing.
The script was punchy and punny (rather excessively so), but it was tight enough that by the end of 115 minutes, most of the major questions were answered. It was also timely (hurhur) in that it touched on a perennial problem – class division, and the notion of haves and have-nots.
As for the cast, they were beautiful and mostly proficient. Contrary to popular belief, Timberlake could in fact do more than pose and look pretty, and both he and Seyfried made a decent screen couple. It was Cillian Murphy (Inception) who ultimately sold the show as Timekeeper Leon, portraying the character’s chilling intensity and slavish devotion to the law to a ‘T’.
A great watch if you’ve got the time to spare.