Review by Amanda Jacobson
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian
Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde
Director: Andrew Niccol
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 109 Minutes
Release Date: January 31, 2012
“For a few immortals to live, many people must die.”
I want to start off by saying I was drawn to watch the movie after seeing the trailer for it. I couldn't get the concept of being out of time being that interesting, however, the cast seemed amazing and made it look really interesting.
In the overall big picture of the movie, I feel myself totally wanting to relate by way of feeling like there is never enough time. Luckily, my death clock (so to speak) didn't start ticking at 25. At least I don't feel like it did. I mean, imagine you're in bed or walking down the street and your entire body is jolted, and in that instant, you know you have to get busy living or get busy dying. Every aspect of your life is controlled and taxed to death in increments of time, versus money. Cup of coffee? 5 minutes off your life. A few beers or the rent? A month off of your life. You can repay in kind those minutes by working or can steal them from someone, or even have someone loan them to you, but every single second of your life has to count. The exception to the lost minutes are the wealthy and lucky.
The first truly sad event that occurs and sparks a flame in Salas' time line is the death of his own mother (Wilde) in his own arms, she actually collapses and times out in his arms. His father passed while he was a child. His father was a fighter, meaning that in a dorky arm wrestling match, he'd time another person out by running his own time to seconds, then collecting the other person's time. He and a friend meet a stranger in a bar, who ends up having lived for over 105 years, and is ready to time himself out as he doesn't agree with living any longer. Salas lucks up and after rescuing Hamilton from neighborhood thugs, is given the gift of this man's time. He is falsely accused of stealing or murdering Hamilton, and taking his time. Now on the run , (Timberlake) decides to take down the top figures in a different zone and shake up the system so not everyone has to die on the street in vain any longer.
While in New Greenwich, Salas gambles with a big fish, and takes centuries off of this man's life. He ends up being the biggest bank owner (of time, of course) Mr. Weis (Kartheiser). Salas has an interest in his beautiful daughter (Seyfried) and accepts an invitation to his home to give Weis the chance to win some of his life back. Salas and Sylvia dance and chat, and end up liking each other. The party is broken up by the timekeeper Raymond Leon (Murphy) as he repossesses Salas' winnings. He now has two hours to reach the jail to turn himself in. In a dramatic exit, Salas absconds with Sylvia taking her hostage. They run back to Salas’s time zone in search of help.
While back in his own time zone, he manages to be robbed of both his and Sylvia's time, leaving them only minutes of life. Sylvia has a bright and charitable idea of busting into a few of her father's banks to reload their time and the time of those in Salas' neighborhood. Smart idea until they are considered wanted fugitives for doing so. Leon is determined to take them down, he abhors and is infuriated with the couple's futuristic Robin Hood / Bonnie and Clyde antics. Mr. Weis is no longer able to help Sylvia. She's learning the hard way that she's no longer in her own sheltered time zone and is now a criminal. Sylvia is touched and wants to give people life, so she and Salas decide to corrupt the system and let people live, not in agony, but a full lifetime or two past the age of 25. The only way to make this happen and to break the system apart is with a million years.
There's only one person she can think of with that much time, her own father. She and Salas execute perfectly the heist of his unit of a million years, and bring it back to the “time mission” in his old neighborhood. The circuits and tracking systems of time are overloaded and everything is going insane. Meanwhile, Leon finds Salas and Sylvia. They only have minutes before he times them out, but he ends up running out of his daily allotted time and dies before he can apprehend them, but not before revealing he too was from Salas' time zone, and wanted to keep them all separate. With seconds on the clock, the two realize one of them has to make a run for time before they both die. Salas remembers that Leon has a daily balance of time he can take, and dashes for his vehicle. He makes it JUST IN TIME before his seconds run down to thirteen zeros.
He runs back once reloaded and saves Sylvia from dying as she only has a few seconds left. They live. They realize they both have about a day, and the movie ends with them joking about how much you can really do in 24 hours.
This is a terrific looking Blu-ray that balances lights and darks and action against stillness very nicely. The color schemes of various scenes really pop out, and images are crisply rendered and detailed throughout.
The 7.1 mix will give your home system a good workout. Dynamic and powerful, the uncompressed audio renders both big, boisterous action scenes and quieter, dialogue-driven ones nicely.
The extras include a brief documentary, some deleted or extended scenes, and a bonus digital copy disc.
Be thankful for every second, every minute , every single thing and single person we have in our little 24 hours. Make the most of those seconds and guard them with your life. In Time celebrates this notion in a stunningly dramatic way.