After seeing In Time, I mentioned to a friend that it played like a less complex, more rudimentary version of 1997’s great Nietzschean sci-fi film Gattaca. Well, imdb.com to the rescue! Turns out, In Time was in made by writer/director Andrew Niccol, who also did Gattaca. (Dag, I really should read those pesky press kits the studios send me.)
Not sure what it says about Niccol that his work has gotten less sophisticated over the years—and I’m tempted to say, skip In Time and rewatch Gattaca instead—but the guy clearly knows his way around a sci-fi film.
First the good news: In Time was the first Justin Timberlake film that, for me at least, didn’t play like a referendum on his ability as a movie star. I just accept him now as a bona fide actor, even if I still think he’s more gifted as a musician. Still, with his head shaved and his body sculpted (!), he’s a credible action hero. Plus, he has that undeniable JT charm.
Timberlake plays Will Salas, a young man who is living his society’s version of paycheck-to-paycheck—i.e., day-to-day. In the film’s alternate reality, time is the only currency. Everyone lives to be 25—and never...