In Time (2011) "Compelling concept, ultimately nothing more", 7/10.
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Determined to make this new "movie star" career of his stick, Justin Timberlake stars in his 3rd film of 2011 as a poor 28-year-old living in an alternate reality where "time" literally does equal "money". On your 25th birthday, you stop aging physically, and one-year clock begins ticking down on your left wrist. This year's worth of time is used like we use our own currency: on bus-fares, food, and entertainment. When your clock hits zero, you're dead... but if you work, and earn more, you can conceivably live forever. The concept is undeniably this dystopian science-fiction thriller's strongest component - and a not-so-subtle commentary on society's real-life class warfare issues. Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Cillian Murphy round out the supporting cast with some decent, if familiar performances. An early scene dramatically illustrates the severe consequences of living your life paycheck to paycheck. -CLIP- These sequences are thought-provoking, and immensely effective, as "In Time" starts off as one of the best sci-fi movies in years. Sadly though, once the plot proper is set in motion, things begin to descend into a run-of-the-mill Robin Hood-style action story. Technically speaking, the editing, music, and cinematography is all done well, but nothing stands-out here. The glowing-green visibility of death's ticking clock provides for easy tension in the first-act, but as the 109-minute film draws to a close, the ending lacks any real suspense or excitement, and ultimately, it fails to answer several of the burning questions I had. More fascinating than a society that uses time as actual currency is learning *how* such a thing came into existence, unfortunately these questions are left entirely unaddressed. Earning over 100-million dollars in profit may signal an eventual sequel, and hopefully this intriguing universe will be expanded then. Until that happens though, we're stuck with this ambitious motion picture that falls short of it's lofty premise. "In Time", a "Compelling concept, ultimately nothing more".