In Time (2011)
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Critic Reviews for In Time
In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded.
Niccol's major problem is timing: action sequences and dialogue scenes lie flat on the screen, while his tendency to play around with pacing means that any tension quickly dissipates. Life's too short.
The film is beautifully shot in chilly blues and grays by cinematographer Roger Deakins, and Los Angeles locales are well chosen for futuristic effect. Most of the time, however, I found myself glancing at the clock on my own wrist.
Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.
Audience Reviews for In Time
Feeling like a teevee show that wants to be a movie, we go through scenes where everyone acts as if you might care while in truth you simply don't. There's an interesting premise that's not properly explained, not enough to draw you into the story, and so when the Robin Hood half of the film kicks in - the people's rebellion against injustice - you can admire the effort but that's as far as it goes.
It has an intriguing idea but the plot lacks so much information regarding the backstory and mechanics of its universe that it becomes incoherent, implausible and utterly stupid, with plot holes, pretentious dialogue and muddled motivations - especially from Murphy's character.
Every frame of this dystopian thriller wants to remind you how excellent Niccol's Gattaca was. He is simply trying to tell a similar story set in a different futuristic world. As far as the premise and the first couple of acts go, that really works. Once you accept the idea of people paying with time, the plot is quite fascinating at first. Sadly, it feels like they didn't know where to go with it and what to do with the minor characters. The interesting cop is entirely wasted, for example. That's still entertaining enough but by the end you feel like this could have been so much more.
In Time Quotes
|Raymond Leon:||You can run.|
|Will Salas:||So can you.|
|Sylvia Weis:||We can't just keep driving around in this car. It's a cop car.|
|Will Salas:||So let's make an arrest.|
|Sylvia Weis:||I didn't mean to shoot him, I wanted to scare him.|
|Will Salas:||I think you did both.|
|Sylvia Weis:||Is it stealing if it's already stolen?|