The premise of this movie is that humans are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25. Once they turn 25, they have 1 year of life that is 'free.'
The currency in the future is time. People work for minutes, hours, days. Food, utilities, rent and bills are paid with minutes, hours and days. The rich can essentially live forever while the poor live day to day.
What initially attracted me to this movie is the subject. Sure we’ve all heard “time is money,” but this movie takes the saying literally. It makes you question how ‘economically’ you’re spending your time. If my time was money would I waste it browsing my Facebook newsfeed or watching pointless TV? It certainly puts a different perspective on the way we view time. To us, time is seemingly infinite. We don’t worry about living from day to day. In fact, it was just recently reported on ABC News children born in 2011 have a 1 in 2 chance of living to 100. 100 years is 1,200 months, 4,800 weeks, 33,600 days, 806,400 hours, 48,384,000 minutes, etc. While we’re certainly not at a loss for time we are limited by the amount of money we have. Comparing the two makes for an interesting thought experiment but back to the movie.
The movie stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. The acting in the movie was mediocre and slightly emotionless but then again I doubt anyone is going to see this movie for the acting. It’s all about the big names and big story. Overall I liked this movie. Don’t get me wrong it’s certainly not as great as other dystopia movies like V for Vendetta and the Matrix but it was enjoyable.
***Warning Spoilers Ahead***
Justin Timberlake stars as Will Salas, a 28-year old struggling man living in the ghetto. He does manual labor for hours and lives with his mother who is turning 50. That night he goes out with his friend to a bar and spots a man with over 100 years on his clock. Will, being the good citizen that he is, rescues him from being robbed and killed for his time. Will then takes him back to his apartment and lets him spend the night. Before they fall asleep, the wealthy man explains to Will why he wants to die. He is tired of the ‘clock.’ The clock refers to the system of government they now live in. Although the wealthy can live forever, people are meant to die. Will then tells him if he had all the time in the world he wouldn’t waste it.
The next day Will wakes up with 100 years more on his clock than he remembered and saw the wealthy gentleman ‘time himself out.’ He is then pursued by the time keepers for murdering him for his time. When the time keepers catch up to him he escapes, taking hostage of Cynthia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of the founder of Weis banks, the premiere lending institution for time. At first she wants to go home but later decides to help Will in his cause to break the system. They go on a rampage breaking into banks and giving away free time. At first they think they are helping but as Cynthia’s dad jacks up the interest rates they realize they need something bigger so they go to rob her father of 1 million years. It is then when Cynthia’s father explains that even if they try to disrupt the system temporarily the clock will reset. In order for one man to live forever many must die. Will replies, no one must die for one man to live forever. The time keepers continue pursuing him, but ultimately they step back and allow Will and Cynthia to continue their rampage.
The movie ends with Will and Cynthia taking on their largest bank yet.
I give this movie a 7/10. Leave a comment below if you’ve seen it or planning to see it. Or if you’re not. I would love to know what you think.