Friday, October 28, 2011
Justin Timberlake stars in this high-concept science fiction action thriller where time is a commodity used as currency. In this world, people stop aging at 25, at which time a countdown appears on their wrist with only one year remaining. When your countdown runs out, your time is up. But time can be earned, traded, sold, given away, and stolen. It's an allegory for our Capitalist class system, but here the rich have many years while the poor may only have minutes remaining.
This is a fun unpretentious popcorn film with an original and thought provoking concept and a great young cast including Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy, 'Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki, and 'Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser. Sure, it's got more than a few roll-your-eyes cliche moments. But if you like high-concept sci-fi films like 'Gattaca' (from the same writer/director, Andrew Niccol), 'Repo Men', and 'Source Code', then you'll love it despite its imperfections. I'd love to say more about it but I don't want to spoil anything and since I have to review this on FOX early tomorrow morning, I just don't have the time. Ironic.