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In Time | Movie Review

“Buy me some times” and “Time is money” can be literally translated as the way they sound in a 2012 Hollywood movie In Time.

In Time movie poster
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The movie which is starred by Justin Timberlake playing as Will Salas tells about a future when people stop aging at age 25. However, after that, people only have one year to live. Therefore, people work to buy “time” to live longer than 25 years. Time indeed is money in In Time. It functions as the currency of the future.

In that alternative future of earth, areas are not divided geographically. Instead, it is divided into how “rich” you are. The area division is called as “Time Zones”.

Those who have more times, thus considerably rich people, can live almost forever in the New Greenwich Time Zone. While those who do not have much time, living day-to-day basis, live in the ghetto area.

Will Salas is one of many living in the Ghetto area. One day, he meets with a man who gives him 100 years. However, after receiving that much amount of time, he has some horrors happening in his life. He then ventures to seek out some answers of questions that keep on bothering him to the New Greenwich Time Zone where he meets Sylvia Weiss (played by Amanda Seyfierd), daughter of a billionaire (a person who has lots of time, not money), Philippe Weiss. Both are then involved in an unexpected journey that changes their lives forever.

At the first time watching In Time, I am thinking of Inception, Source Code or even Surrogate because the initial movie narration is pretty interesting. I am trying to compare In Time with movies that make you think. But, I think I overrate the movie.

Indeed, the move basic theme is interesting: time as money. But, I could not find any more elaboration with the theme. What I found is just a repetition of American and Western myths such as women’s myth of beauty, immortality and even what I can call as “robin hood” complex.

Too bad, I cannot find something new that makes me really eager to watch the movie until the end except for its unique basic theme.

The plot is somewhat predicted. The action is less intense and less frequent, considering it as an action movie. No explosion, only guns shouting.

Well then, I will only just give the movie 5 stars of 10. It’s an OKAY movie to watch, not the best one if you look for actions or thoughts.


  1. but the idea is interesting i think..
    so, how do the people die after 25?

    1. Ye, the idea is interesting, I just don't like how the idea is developed :D

      so when you turn 25, a digital clock imprinted on your left arm since you are born will start its one year countdown, meaning that you only have one year to live. When your time is up, for instance, when your clock shows 00:00:00:00, you die out of sudden. Just like when your clock runs out of energy. It just stops.


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