In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde, is a movie that was made for the current political and economic state of the world. The story is that of a future Robin Hood that steals from the rich to restore some sense of equality to the world. The movie perfectly reflects the current state of frustration and protest centered around the ever-growing divide between the rich and the poor.
In Time does not start of running – I was initially convinced it was going to be a disappointment – yet it eventually becomes a great futuristic story of hope for those who are just getting by in life. I am curious to see if it is picked up, like I assume it will be, to support those currently protesting against the excess in the world.
In Time boiled-down to an all-out class war. Specifically about the oppression from the upper class to keep the lower class where they are. The movie introduces both physical and societal means of segregating the rich from the poor and ensuring a distance between the two classes. Justin, as Will, does what he can to bring equity across classes.
Focusing on the movie itself, it certainly had its moments of awkwardness. Some scenes were great while the acting fell flat in others. The concept of “time as currency” was incorporated somewhat haphazardly initially but was used throughout the story in some very interesting ways. The movie certainly brings new meaning to the saying that “time is money”.
Overall, In Time was enjoyable, told an old story in a new way, and was highly relevant in the current economic and political climate. Definitely worth a watch; the sooner the better.
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The movie has two fantastic quotes presenting the two sides of the argument (the rich view, and the not-so-rich view).
In order for some to live forever, some must die.
No one should be immortal if even one person has to die.
What was interesting to me was that right at the beginning of the movie they touched on what I interpreted to be the population problem. The idea that if everyone were to live forever that we wouldn’t be able to support everyone. Certainly with the world’s population recently hitting 7 billion this is an important issue. Can we continue like this?
Getting back to the great quotes, we cannot forget the amazing play on words of:
Don’t waste my time
Which side are you on? Do you believe in class oppression?