Typically science fiction is an oft-used forum for social commentary, the Star Trek series was built on this foundation. In Time is too unfocused to be effective. The plot is illogical, the editing is choppy and the direction is crude. The characters and casting do not work at all. Everyone is supposed to look a quarter of a century old yet some appear to be in their mid-30’s or older. Timberlake is not a heavy enough screen presence to carry the picture and Amanda Seyfried’s character simply exists to provide him with a romance. The most appealing character is Cillian Murphy’s patrolman, known as a ‘timekeeper’, who is chasing after Timberlake for the majority of the film.
In Time is chock full of narrow escapes, but most of the action is too dull and misdirected to be effective even as fantasy. Also of note is one of the worst uses of CGI I’ve seen in a theatrical release since the 1990’s. The film ends on an upbeat note but the whole enterprise feels shallow and unsatisfying.
Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy