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In Time (Blu-ray Review)

3 Feb, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Box Office $37.51 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language.
Stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy.

Imagine a world where time is the currency and you stop aging at 25. With the remaining year you’re given, you must do whatever it takes (steal, beg, borrow, gamble) to stay alive. The working class has to work hard to add more years, and the affluent essentially can live forever.

We find Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a streetwise workingman, navigating through that harsh reality. His biggest desire is to save up enough time to take his mother to New Greenwich, a promised land of lavish living. By the way, Will’s mom (Olivia Wilde) is a smoking hot brunette on the outside. Everyone looks 25 forever, remember?

Once you get beyond that, you’re thrust into the action, as Will becomes a fugitive after encountering a ready-to-die rich man who gives him his remaining 100 years. In a society where most would kill to be immortal, the Timekeepers (the equivalent of the FBI) suspect that Will has committed murder. While on the lam, risk-taker Will meets filthy rich banker Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser) and immediately is intrigued by his pampered daughter, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried).

Will kidnaps Sylvia, who soon finds pleasure in the thrills of life on the run. Sylvia turns against her father as the two go on a time-stealing spree, robbing the rich to give to the poor. The pair are driven to break the system that perpetually raises the cost of living to keep the have-nots dying — even if it means spending every precious moment they have fighting for what’s right.

For me, the mark of a great movie is one that makes you think, and In Time repeatedly made me evaluate how I’d live if I were placed in that reality. Also, Timberlake meets his match in Seyfried — the two make a gorgeous on-screen couple.

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