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In Time ~ This is one of those types of science fiction concept flicks that would have been right at home on a double bill with other 1970s era movies like Rollerball, The Omega Man, Logan’s Run, and Planet of the Apes. The concept is the draw point. Here in In Time, the idea is a world where time is currency. Similar to the aforementioned Logan’s Run, one has a limited lifespan, 25 in this case, but more time can be earned or stolen, and some people can live for centuries.
This is a lot more clever than it at first appears to be. Much fun is had in dialogue with time measurements in place of monetary amounts. Many of the characters are named after famous watchmakers. Fun.
Justin Timberlake deftly plays Will Salas, who loses his mother to time limit and also is given over a century by a stranger in the space of a day. The stranger also imparts over a century to him before expiring himself. On the run from perennial baddie Cillian Murphy as a Timekeeper (that’s futurespeak for cop) for the stranger’s murder, Will ends up on the run with Amanda Seyfried as a hostage. She’s the daughter of a rich socialite, played by Vincent Kartheiser, Pete Campbell of “Mad Men.” This is where In Time spins into current day thriller as opposed to retro-sci-fi.
In Time was written by producer and director Andrew Niccol who’s had similar flicks under his belt like Gattaca, The Truman Show, and S1m0ne. It’s as if he’s got one foot in the day after tomorrow scifi vibe. He also wrote the story that The Terminal was based on and produced a handful as well. I’ll be looking for his name in the future based on In Time. There’s more to this flick than seems at first glance, worth a look.
STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE
A Video Review of “Rollerball” (2000)
Copyright 2002 Glenn walker
Chris Klein (“American Pie,” “Say It Isn’t So”), who took the part after Mark Wahlberg bailed out (to do that other 1970s scifi remake “Planet of the Apes”), is completely dull. Boring as sin, he is a no action hero but inexplicably cast as one here.
The best sequences are of the Rollerball game itself. The side story (which is unfortunately the side story, and the plot) seems as dull as Chris Klein himself.
It’s a shame because boreboy’s co-stars LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos are intriguing in their parts but sadly their backstories are as lacking as Klein’s charisma.
Why remake a classic if it’s going to be such a mess? This disappointment from director John McTiernan (“Die Hard,” “The Hunt For Red October”) will make me think twice before seeing another one from him.
Maybe more character development or more actual gametime would’ve saved this one. Maybe not.