In Time (2011)
Director & Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
I first watched this film in the cinema back in 2011, but the premise has been intriguing enough to stick with me ever since. Citizens of a new world are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25 years, after which they have 365 days to ‘spend’ before they die. If a person wants to live beyond the year that becomes active on their 25th birthday, they have to earn the time. It is a world where a coffee costs 4 minutes, and the price of a bus journey could be death.
“The cost of living keeps rising to make sure people keep dying” – Henry Hamilton
In their world, the rich have nothing but time on their hands, yet they’re too afraid to do anything with it. They hoard it, try to hide the evidence of it, and succumb to the ages-old weakness of always wanting more. On the other side, people die just looking for a few more minutes. If you don’t keep moving, don’t run fast enough, you time out.
“The poor die and the rich don’t live” – Sylvia Weis
Aesthetically speaking, I find myself sucked in to the In Time world. Just like I do every other time I watch a film I like. Because this film is beautifully shot – low saturation, empty spaces giving the viewer room to breathe and not be suffocated by the pressure of ‘time’ – and because it’s easy on my eyes, I watch it time and time again.
Although, the characters are pretty much all as interesting as a grain of sand. And I think I know the reason why. It’s another way to show that we as humans are all the same – the only difference being that we live our lives based on what opportunities are presented to us. I could go further with this, but I don’t particularly want to fall into that rabbit hole…
The bottom line is, there’s a reason why we’re not meant to live forever.
“You can do a lot in a day” – Will Salas
So go do it.