In Time Movie Review: The New Bonnie & Clyde?

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My daughter and I recently watched In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried…and honestly, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. I have loved Justin Timberlake as an actor (I still don’t listen to his music, it’s just not my thing) ever since he blew me away with his performance in Alpha Dog. This guy was born to act. And Amanda Seyfried? She may have had a slow start in Big Love, but she is slowly climbing the charts as one of our favorites of the newest generation of actresses.

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The funny thing about In Time is that last week, when I received it to review, my husband didn’t want to watch it – he assumed it was a love story because the last movie we saw with Justin Timberlake was Friends with Benefits. I started laughing halfway through the movie because he couldn’t have been more wrong – while it does have a bit of a love story, In Time is totally an action movie with an incredible story line.

The premise of In Time is that in the future, people stop aging at 25, but only get to live only one more year, and must actually buy more time to live if they want to continue living past 26. Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas, our hero, and the movie begins with him receiving the gift of 100 years from a rich man who is ready to die. However, the Time Keepers – basically cops who make sure that the time-rich remain that way, aren’t too happy with the idea of someone from his time zone (basically, the ghetto) disturbing the order of things, and wrongly believe that he killed the rich man and stole his time. Will finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – the lovely Amanda Seyfried, who plays Sylvia Weis, the daughter of a tycoon and a very valuable hostage.

This is where it got really interesting and the action picked up!

Will plans to hold Sylvia hostage to earn more time, as they are both running out and face death within 24 hours. Sylvia’s father refuses but they come up with a plan to not only keep themselves alive, but to help everyone else in the ghetto get more time too – they begin robbing banks – the time banks, and distribute the time to all in their ghetto.

And this is the point in the movie where I realize…this is a futuristic version of Bonnie and Clyde. And not five minutes later, my daughter looks over at me and says, “this reminds me of Bonnie and Clyde.” Did I mention that my daughter has awesome taste in movies? ha ha

Of course the rich aren’t happy about the poor getting their hands on more time – because that means that there is less time for them – and while the poor struggle to stay alive day by day, the rich? They are used to having all the time in the world, and immortality is actually an option, as long as they maintain control of the world’s banks of time.

In Time will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st and is rated PG13. The Blu-ray combo pack includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and digital copy, with a MSRP of $24.99, and includes access to the In Time game app, deleted and extended scenes and “The Minutes” featurette.


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