Sometime in the future, money no longer exists as a form of currency. It has been replaced by "time". Sounds weird at first, but once you wrap your head around the concept, it's pretty nifty. Everyone ages naturally until the age of 25. Once you reach 25, the government gives you a year's worth of time to use as you please. So you have 12 months, which you have to use to pay things likerent, take a bus (2 hours payment for a short trip), coffee (3 hours for a cup) and so on. Via a countdown timer implanted in your forearm, one is able to see how much time one has left in the bank, so to speak. So it functions like a mobile ATM actually. And when your time runs out... you keel over and die on the spot!
Naturally, this leads to a new crime wave of people stealing time from each other. One of the other impressive functions is that you can willingly "transfer" time from your own account to another person, and this is how Will Salas comes into a huge lumpsum of "time". Once he moves frmo the ghetto to the posh parts of the city, he notices the unfairness of it all as the rich have time on reserve while the poor are unable to cope and are constantly living from day to day, literally.
After being accused of murder, Will kidnaps a rich heiress and they go on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the law while also trying to find a way of bringing balance to the system that makes it fair for everyone.
The ideas and aspirations of the movie are very lofty and the concept is highly original. I however found the pace of the plot a bit too uneven, and the film didn't have the suitable sci-fi visuals to make it seem like it's set in the future. Also, the ending was a bit too open-ended for my liking. But beyond that, it's definitely a movie worth seeing and it brings across some valid comparisons to todays recession troubles with constantly rising prices and more and more people being unable to afford the cost of living. (3 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
In the not-too-distant future, genetic manipulation has allowed humans to stop aging at 25. But time has become the new currency which people must earn if they hope to go on living, making the wealthy nearly immortal.
An ordinary man and a beautiful young heiress team up for a series of daring bank robberies designed to crash their corrupt system, in this exciting sci-fi thriller from the director of Gattaca.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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• Amanda Seyfried
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 48 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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Mon, 16 Apr 2012 | Review by: hardusludus
This is odd. A Dystopian Sci-Fi film, where the basic idea is great and unique, but the rest of the story is weak and cripple. Quite the reverse of what usually happens! But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself...
The concept is that somewhere in the future all humans are programmed to live to age 25, and then to stop aging physically. They have built in countdown-timers on their arm, and when they turn 25, they get a year left to live. In order to remain alive, they have to work. They get paid with time. They buy coffee with time. The pay the rent with time. If the time runs out... They drop dead. Instantly!
So.... Interested yet? You should be. The basic idea is brilliant, and makes sense. It stays with you, long after the movie has ended. And there is a life lesson to be learned: Even though we don't always realize it, our currency is also time. You can have billions of rands, but if your time runs out, you die.
Enough of that. The acting is surprisingly good. Justin Timberlake has recently proved himself to be a formidable actor e.g. The Social Network. He fits and fills the roll perfectly. Not yet a masterful performance, but I'm sure he'll get there someday. Amanda Seyfried proved that she exists outside of the romantic films she is mostly associated with e.g. Letters to Juliet, Dear John. She looks classy, and acts accordingly. And when she can't do that anymore, she simply adapts! All the others are nice, well chosen, if not outstandingly brilliant.
The music is bland, and scanty. Nothing to add there. The visuals and cinematography are somewhat standard, at least not bad. The real problem is the story: (not the idea) The way that the concept of the film and the reality of the future time is introduced to the viewer, is simply stupid. It's as if they assume the audience is really dumb (which I'm sure we're not). Then there are little gaps and stretches. Some scenes drag on, others are simply skipped. In a movie where time is so important, they really ignored it! Details about the characters are revealed very blandly, and too obviously. The story has good points, but it simply feels weak most of the time.
Even though it isn't a great movie, I would see it again. The interesting concept and nice acting are not something that I (or you) are likely to forget. Add to the trolley! Quickly! Your time is running out...
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Wed, 9 May 2012 | Review by: chrishellmax
Have to agree with the reviewer before me. The movie is one that hugs your mind long after you watched it. I have the blu ray version of this and just cant stop watching due to the fact that we spend our "time" as well. In watching mindless things, doing mindless duties that could well be spent doing something more valuable. Edgy and completely one of my top best movies.
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