Friday, November 18, 2011

In Time (2011)

This is an okay movie. In the year 2161, genetic manipulation allows people to stop aging. In order to prevent overpopulation a device is implanted so that once you reach age 25, you only have one year left to live. Time has also replaced money as the means of trade, so people can lower or extend their life by how they use their time. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a 28-year-old factory worker who lives with his 50-year old mother. One night in a bar he helps a rich man escape a brawl. The stranger transfers 100 years to Will and then jumps off a bridge. The Timekeepers are responsible for keeping people in the proper Time Zones and they become suspicious when they see that Will has a lot more time than he should.

Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison claimed in a lawsuit that the film was based on his 1965 short story 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman.


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