Five things about 'In Time' [Movies]

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The trailer of the sci-fi movie 'In Time' had all the right elements. It was exciting and it had enough star power to showcase a great movie. Unfortunately, the critics - and even an ordinary film enthusiast like me - did not think the movie delivered. Like I said, there's a lot of potential but somewhere in the middle, everything just went south.



1. Good Story. Bad Script.

The first end credit says the film was written and directed by Andrew Niccol. There's a couple of things I can say to this guy. First, he had a good concept. Second, and most importantly, his scriptwriter/s may have screwed things up. The punchlines just didn't work and the line 'No one has to die...' was a bit overused. Also, I thought Justin and Amanda Seyfried were great but the movie could have worked with another set of lead actors.

2. Justin Timberlake couldn't get a great gig.

I'm talking about the gig that brings you to the Hollywood A-list. He was in a couple more movies this year ('Bad Teacher' and 'Friends with Benefits'). He was good but they weren't necessarily unforgettable roles. I thought his role as Sean Parker in 'The Social Network' would propel him into super stardom but we have yet to see him in an actual big hit. Oh well, at least he's making a lot of money from it.

Timberlake in 'Friends with Benefits'

3. Haves and Have nots.

The dark reality is that there will be further divide between the haves and the have nots in the future. I wonder what the Occupy Wall Street guys think about this movie?

4. No flying cars in this future.

I love Niccol's interpretation of the future. Nope, there are no flying cars (yet). This future isn't really that technologically advanced than our time. The use of time as currency and means of population control, as well as the skin clocks were cool. The hand wrestling matches were pretty corny though.

5. Time is short. Live your life.

Whether it's a currency or not, one thing is certain. Life is short. We all have the duty to live our lives before it runs out.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1086543/

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