Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 by David Chen
In this episode, Dave Chen and Adam Quigley discuss Andrew Niccol’s newest film, In Time.
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I’ll say this for In Time, Andrew Niccol’s story describing a society driven into extreme class segregation by an economic system in which time is literally money: Niccol drives Justin Timberlake like a taskmaster. The singer-turned-actor runs like crazy, jumps, fights, and sweats his way through a movie that all too often feels more detached than a severed limb. It’s a very physical, very present performance that lends the movie some much-needed credit.
The detachment is due to the always on-the-nose, never close to subtle language used to wield the core concept as a club against economic disparity. I could never take the movie seriously because it was always so insistent about Making a Point. In Time, as written, is perhaps meaty and clever enough for a Twilight Zone episode. Stretched to feature length it is an unconvincing attempt at world-building and simply a deeply silly take on Bonnie and Clyde. Or Robin Hood. Or something. In Time wants to be a lot of things, but it never commits to any one.
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Walking around the set of the upcoming sci-fi action film, In Time, is a smorgasbord of physical perfection. Attractive guys and girls are everywhere and even during an interview with the film’s stars, it’s hard not to glance behind them at the veritable fashion runway parading to craft services.
The reason everyone on set is so beautiful is that, in the world of in the world of In Time, the human body stops aging at 25. At that point, a genetic clock on your wrist begins counting down your final year of life. Through various legal, or illegal means, you can accrue time on your clock and hypothetically live-forever looking 25. Or you can run out of time and die, leaving nothing but good-looking corpse.
Only in this world can can Olivia Wilde be the mother of Justin Timberlake, Vincent Kartheiser be the father of Amanda Seyfried or Cillian Murphy play a gritty, 70-year-old detective. And this conceit could only come the mind of Andrew Niccol, the brainchild behind The Truman Show, S1mone and Gattaca, which also dealt with mortality.
“I think of [In Time] as the bastard child of Gattaca because [when I was making it] I thought the holy grail of genetic engineering, of course, is to find the aging gene and switch it off,” Niccol said, “But then the implications are so huge that I thought ‘That’s another movie.’ And it turns out, it’s become another movie.”
In an era where movie fans consistently bitch about a lack of original ideas, In Time is just that and on day 44 of a 54-day shoot, /Film was lucky enough to be on the Los Angeles set of the October 28th release, speaking to the stars, director, producer and learning that this world might look great, but is anything but. Read the full set visit after the jump Read More »
Twentieth Century Fox has released a second (or third, if you count the Comic-Con reel) trailer for their upcoming Andrew Niccol sci-fi action film In Time. Unlike the previous trailers, though, this one provides a much more digestible and concise explanation of the slightly complicated conceit created by the man behind The Truman Show and Gattaca. In Time stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Wilde and Vincent Kartheiser in a world where you only age twenty five years before your your life literally becomes a ticking clock toward death. That is, of course, unless you can get more time. The film is scheduled for release October 28. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »
Andrew Niccol‘s new film In Time posits a world in which the only currency is time: every individual has a body clock which, after 25 years, constantly counts down to death. Anyone can earn or steal more time, and without that wealth, it is game over. The extended trailer we saw at Comic Con made the film look like a bit like Gattaca infused with a pulp noir sensibility. The film might be a smart thriller that uses sci-fi tropes to critique a youth-obsessed popular culture; or it might just be a silly chase thriller. Difficult to tell right now. But there is a new, shorter trailer; one that gives a bit more time to Olivia Wilde, who plays the mother of central figure Justin Timberlake. Check it out below.
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Imagine that your body stopped aging at 25 and that you could live forever. It’s a very promising proposition if not for one small caveat. At the age of 25, your body is given one year to live. The only way to remain alive is to acquire more time on your body’s biological clock. And time is precious. That’s the gist of In Time, the latest film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca) starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy and more.
In the world of In Time, you can acquire more time by working but, to buy anything, you need to give up some of your time. So the rich are basically immortal but the poor could die today if they don’t work. It’s a tantalizing conceit for a brand new action thriller that might sound a bit confusing but, once you watch this Comic Con sizzle reel, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect this Halloween. Read More »
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