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Andrew Niccol
Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Olivia Wilde, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman
Writing Credits:
Andrew Niccol

Time Is Money.

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.

Box Office:
$40 million.
Opening Weekend
$12.050 million on 3122 screens.
Domestic Gross
$37.508 million.

Rated PG-13

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Descriptive Video Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 94 min.
Price: $39.99
Release Date: 1/31/2012

• “The Minutes” Featurette
• Deleted/Extended Scenes
• Previews and Sneak Peeks
• DVD Copy
• Digital Copy


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In Time [Blu-Ray] (2011)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (February 6, 2012)

Justin Timberlake’s attempts to transform into The King of the Silver Screen became apparent in 2011. He took on a supporting role in a broad, dark comedy, played the lead in a romantic comedy, and also took on a sci-fi thriller via In Time.

While Timberlake had made comedies prior to 2011 – and had been in a handful of dramas such as The Social Network - I believe In Time represents his first attempt at an action flick. Set in an unspecified near future, we learn that genetic engineering halts human aging at 25. However, without intervention, each individual would die by his/her 26th birthday.

In this era, time acts as currency, so the wealthy can essentially live forever. Others trade time, work for it or have it stolen from them. Will Salas (Timberlake) lives a literally day-to-day existence in which he scrapes by at a low-rent job just to earn a little more life.

Will meets super-rich Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) in a seedy bar and intervenes when gangsters called “Minutemen” come for Hamilton. Tired of living, Hamilton commits suicide by giving Will almost all of his 100-plus years of remaining time.

On the surface, this sounds great for Will, and initially it works out well. He takes his time and parlays it into an even greater fortune of many centuries. This allows him into the world of the super-wealthy, where he meets and falls for Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried).

Alas, the party won’t last, as “Timekeeper” Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy) tracks him in the belief Will might’ve murdered Hamilton. He apprehends Will pending an investigation – and confiscates nearly all of Will’s saved time. Rather than sit through this, Will escapes, kidnaps Sylvia and makes a run for it.

It’d be easy to dismiss In Time with a snarky comment ala “I liked it better when it was called Logan’s Run”. However, that would ignore the fact that I hated Run and thought it was a dreadful film; whatever flaws Time may have, it’s much more entertaining than its mid-1970s sci-fi predecessor.

Besides, In Time might share some conceptual similarities with Run, but it’s not a true rip-off. Actually, it feels a lot like a cross between Gattaca and something from Philip K. Dick. The Gattaca comparisons become even more apt when one realizes that Andrew Niccol directed both.

Frankly, he did a lot more with the emotional Gattaca than with the lackluster Time. At its best, Time does boast a pretty interesting concept, and it occasionally explores its notions in a satisfying manner. However, it often uses its ideas as little more than a gag or a gimmick, and it never manages to elevate above its High Concept roots.

That’s because at its heart, this is a chase film – but not a very good one. The movie relies too much on the literal ticking clocks for drama. We tire of constant shots that show about-to-expire lifelines; these create a little tension once or twice, but the movie so often goes to that well that the notion turns tedious.

Which leaves its action charms to carry the way, but they can’t. None of the various chase or fight sequences feel particularly dynamic, perhaps because Niccol seems best when he works from ideas, not visceral material. With a lightweight intellectual investment behind the story, we’re left with little more than action and gimmicks that don’t deliver the needed excitement.

The film’s attempts at social commentary – via a “Robin Hood” style thread – make it drag. These feel forced and unnatural, so I think the movie would’ve worked better as a simple chase flick. Yeah, the end result seems more ambitious, but it’s less satisfying, as the “We Are the 99 percent” theme simply doesn’t connect.

While Timberlake has done well with the dramas in which he’s appeared, he fails to work out as an effective action hero. Oh, Timberlake does nothing to harm the movie, but he simply seems a bit out of place here. He shows little chemistry with Seyfried, either, so their scenes end up as blah.

Actually, that’s a pretty good description for In Time as a whole. Though the film boasts an intriguing concept and has potential, it never seems better than mediocre. The movie keeps us moderately involved along the way but doesn’t act as a good use of our time. (Ha!)

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B+/ Bonus C-

In Time appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No notable problems emerged in this positive transfer.

Sharpness looked solid. Virtually no softness materialized, as the image remained tight and well defined. Outside of a couple of small jaggies on computer displays, those issues stayed absent, while edge enhancement failed to appear. Source flaws were a non-factor, as the movie was always clean.

Where would the modern filmmaker be without teal and orange? Forced to tell stories with fewer clichés, I guess. Despite this, the hues appeared well-developed and displayed good range for what they were able to do. Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows were clear and smooth. In the end, the image was consistently pretty fine.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of In Time, it matches up well with the visuals. As expected, the movie’s action elements provided the most pizzazz, as car chases and other dynamic sequences showed good movement and involvement. These components meshed together well and created a nice sense of environment, with useful material from the surrounds.

Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was crisp and distinctive, with no edginess or other concerns. Music was full and rich, while effects came across as lively and accurate. The track boasted good low-end when appropriate. This became a quality soundtrack for a sci-fi action flick.

A handful of extras show up here. The Minutes runs 16 minutes, 35 seconds and includes notes from various movie characters. It provides a little “behind the story” exploration, as it offers details about the story’s “time science” and other logistical elements. It’s an unusual piece that creates good exposition; it’s probably useful to check it out before you see In Time, as it provides no spoilers but helps set up the flick’s concepts well.

10 Deleted Scenes go for a total of 12 minutes, 52 seconds. Most provide brief tidbits or additions to existing sequences. One of the longer pieces shows an early chat between Will and Sylvia; it’s simply more pontificating about the unfairness of the system. Some contribute more exposition, too, but these fail to explore subjects in a more satisfying manner. The most interesting shows a larceny from our leads; it’s not fascinating, but it delivers a little fun with a glimpse at the idle rich. Overall, however, the deleted scenes don’t add up to much.

The disc opens with ads for This Means War and Immortals. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with ads for Machine Gun Preacher, Haywire, Martha Marcy May Marlene and There Be Dragons. The disc throws in the film’s trailer as well.

A second disc adds some value to the set. It delivers a DVD copy of the film as well as a digital copy of In Time.

In Time takes a fairly clever concept but fails to do a lot with it. Though the film has its moments and delivers acceptable entertainment, it lacks the excitement to make it better than mediocre. The Blu-ray boasts strong picture and audio but only tosses in minor supplements. I can’t say I disliked the film, but it didn’t do much for me.

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