[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] B [/dropcap] ravo Justin for taking on this lead. For a guy I always wanted to dislike, between Social Network and In Time I have to admit I’m a fan. Even for Amanda Seyfried….it wasn’t a sure thing like Mama Mia or Letters to Juliet, but taking on an Andrew Niccol film had some risk since The Truman Show, The Terminal and even Gattacca were only appealing to narrow audiences. Nevertheless, you have to love a movie about a complete re-valuation of economic principles. Property, money, labor (all the Adam Smith “stuff” of capitalism) has been replaced by a whole new currency…..time. Hats off to Niccol for actually making it 80% work in terms of suspension of disbelief. The 20% was the look 25 for 110 years….I call that my own personal disbelief…..even though I never once thought about that with The Highlander. Indeed, invoking Christopher Lambert and “who wants to live forever” was ringing in my ears throughout In Time.
In a nutshell, I loved the vision of the world of haves and have-nots depicted here and the redemption that ensues. I can just imagine traders shorting time and having to borrow decades to cover their shorts….only to find their arbitrage evaporating as Timberlake floods the market with a million years. My only problem is that we must assume that Dayton is as bad as it gets on Earth even though at 7 Billion souls…..1 million years only buys everyone…..90 minutes….ouch.