‘In Time’ Clips: Philosophical Talk & Futuristic Car Chases

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Justin Timberlake is ready to try out his “man of action” acting chops in this month’s sci-fi dramatic thriller, In Time. The film also marks the latest writing/directing effort from Andrew Niccol, a fellow well-renowned for crafting clever “what if?” tales that examine the possible effects of futuristic technology on our lives (see: The Truman Show, Gattaca, S1m0ne).

In Time marks a slight departure for Niccol, who’s less versed in the art of action moviemaking. Hence why today we have several clips that offer an early look at what the filmmaker aims to deliver this time around – in terms of both cerebral subject matter and visceral thrills.

Niccol’s project takes place in a semi-futuristic world where the aging gene has been isolated and people are genetically engineered to not (physically) mature past the age of 25. However, time has become the new form of currency – and given rise to a corrupt system where members of the lower (financial) classes often literally run out of time (re: die) prematurely… while members of the upper class essentially become immortal.

Here’s the basic gist of the plot for In Time:

When a man (Justin Timberlake) from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage (Amanda Seyfried). Living minute to minute, the duo’s love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.

So, in a nutshell, In Time is another spin on the tried-and-true dystopian sci-fi genre (ex. 1984, Brave New World, Logan’s Run). But does it look like an especially intelligent or exciting one?

Find out by watching the In Time clips below:

Timberlake seems to do all right handling Niccol’s (admittedly, sometimes awkward) philosophical dialogue – though it’s difficult to say whether or not he’ll be a truly engaging protagonist in… In Time, based on this footage alone. Likewise, the bits of action and car chase sequence shown here are shot in a relatively straight-forward but still satisfactory fashion. All in all, In Time comes off as a competent mix of brains and action, even though it doesn’t look to really excel in either department.

The rest of the In Time cast seems sturdy enough, with Amanda Seyfried (Big Love) as the (semi-) femme fatale Sylvia, Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) as Sylvia’s shrewdly corrupt father, and Cillian Murphy (Inception) as the authoritative timekeeper determined to uphold the social order. It is fair to point out that all of these characters are pretty standard – and sometimes overused – archetypes for this breed of sci-fi story…

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In Time arrives in U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011. Will you be checking it out?

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  1. Do you guys realize how much better a film this would be if Timberlake was not the Lead?

    • Yes, I agree with you totally!

    • i think he was great..and i hated nsync

  2. The previews nor Timberlake make me want to see this movie…not to mention it just sounds kinda lame.

  3. Maybe I’d watch if it was a Showtime or HBO movie, wouldnt even go out of my way to the library free DVD rental section for this one.

  4. I like the concept but why only 25 years? By the time you buy so many cups of coffee and movies and dinners out, you’re not a breeder anymore, or is that the point? For population control?

    Funny timing that a film showing the rich taking advantage of the poor would come out now.

    • My thoughts exactly as to the timing (no pun intended) of the the film.

      Interesting concept though.

  5. I look forward to seeing Justin Timberlake and Cillian Murphy face off in this movie.

  6. I guess most people dont realize cars cant go very fast in reverse (seen it a dozen times in movies throughout the years, I think the first instance I seen it was in “Cobra”). Especially silly is the done-a-million-times already one line zingers coming from the drivers mouth as he does all the fancy maneuvering without breaking a sweat. Topping it off is it’s Justin Timberlake rofl, so unbelievable that is seems like parody.

  7. It has Cillian Murhpy in it… I’m there!

  8. The concept sounded interesting, and this movie had a lot of potential. I was discouraged when I heard Timberlake is going to be the lead, and these clips have confirmed my fears, and then some. The story seems really tired. The acting is stiff from everyone, not just Timberlake. Even Cillian and Amanda, both of whom I like, seem to have done a poor job here. The romance between the two characters already feels forced. The action is tired. Yeah. It just feels like no passion went into the making of this movie. Count me out.

  9. Regardless of how the action is directed or the actors do their jobs, it’s an idea film. Unfortunately, there is nothing new or novel about the idea. Its various forms have been explored in fiction, and in at least one other film several years ago.

  10. At first, I though – “Urg. Another film with an old celeb in it,”
    Went to watch it though and it was AWESOME. Loved the Cars in it too :)

  11. As a petrol-head, for me the stars of this movie are the cars. The cops (Time keepers) cruise around in a fleet of, beautiful, heavily customised Dodge Challengers. The time-rich all travel by Lincoln Continental. Again there is a, seemingly, huge fleet of them. Some stretched, some normal wheelbase but all, again, beautifully customised and very elegant. The local hoods travel by Cadillac Seville and Justin Timberlake, briefly, has a reworked Mk.1 Jaguar E Type (XKE) until it is wrecked in a chase. All the vehicles are made to sound turbine powered.
    Part way through, the plot morphs into Bonnie and Clyde, which is a shame, but overall its an intriguing metaphor for modern, money driven economics.

    • I liked the movie but loved the jaguar E.
      Wow what a hot car. In my opinion it’s the best looking car. I paid more attention to the car than anything else in this movie

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