In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
One of the most intriguing plots for a movie that I have ever heard of. This movie got me really excited after I heard about it and saw the trailer for it, and there is something about Justin Timberlake that is fun to watch, even if he isn’t the best actor on the block.
Timberlake plays Will, our main character, a 28 year old working class citizen. A good job is hard to come by, and some people run out of time in the middle of the day in the street. After a disappointing day’s work, Will hits the bar, where he come across man with over 100 years to spend, and is doing so wildly. As Will tries to warn him, some notorious men come in to take his time. For some reason unknown to me, Will risks his life to save this man, who in the night, repays him by giving his time to Will.
After tragedy strikes, Will decides to use his newly found time to, and I quote Will himself, “Take them for everything they got, . . . I’m gonna make them pay.” Who he is talking about I don’t really know, and why he’s doing it I don’t really know. We are to assume that is the people that have been raising the prices that lead to said tragedy, but that would be like trying to take down the government for raising taxes.
After moving to the rich neighborhood, he meets an older rich man, Philippe Weiss [Vincent Kartheiser], probably the richest man in this futuristic world, and eventually her daughter Silvia [Amanda Seyfried]. At one of their parties, the men investigating the now deceased rich man who gave Will his time, lead by Time Keeper Raymond Leon [Cillian Murphy], catch up to Will and take all but two hours of his time. Then, suddenly this working class man from the ghetto fights his way away from several armed men, and the action adventure begins.
I’ll have to agree with the general consensus that I heard about this film. The idea behind it, the initial pitch, is really interesting and exciting, with an incredible amount of possibilities. Writer/director Andrew Niccol [The Truman Show, Lord of War] ultimately turned it into this film which just didn’t seem to measure up to the raw idea. The love relationship was formed on a kid napping, the real motive behind Will’s intentions and plans is empty, the security of most every establishment is complete shit, and I just don’t really know why anyone is doing what they are doing. And the way that some people end up dying is just stupid.
Timberlake is nothing special in is role, and neither is Seyfried. But to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Seyfried at all, and she didn’t make me cringe as much as I thought she would. It’s actually a pretty big and well known cast, with other actors including Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, and Matt Bomer.
1/4 – Although it is one of the most intriguing movie ideas I have seen in a long time, the transition from idea to movie was not done well in any regard. It is a somewhat fun watch, but ultimately not worth most people’s time. A real disappointment.