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In Time (2011)

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Critic Consensus: In Time's intriguing premise and appealing cast are easily overpowered by the blunt, heavy-handed storytelling.

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When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

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Cast

Amanda Seyfried
as Sylvia Weis
Cillian Murphy
as Raymond Leon
Vincent Kartheiser
as Philippe Weis
Olivia Wilde
as Rachel Salas
Matt Bomer
as Henry Hamilton
Collins Pennie
as Timekeeper Jaeger
Toby Hemingway
as Timekeeper Kors
Colin McGurk
as Citizen
LaMonde Byrd
as Minuteman Rado
La Monde Byrd
as Minuteman Rado
Paul David Story
as Minuteman Roth
Blake Sheldon
as Man at Door
Ethan Peck
as Constantin
Korrina Rico
as Hotel Clerk
Seema Lazar
as Timekeeper Ellini
Bella Heathcote
as Michele Weis
James Drew
as Thomas
Swen Temmel
as Breitling
Faye Kingslee
as Timekeeper Jean
Kristopher Higgins
as Timekeeper Dent
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Critic Reviews for In Time

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44)

In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded.

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…
The New Republic
Top Critic

Clever and unsettling.

November 10, 2011 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

November 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

October 31, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.

October 31, 2011 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

A movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind.

October 28, 2011 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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