Andrew Niccol’s In Time has yet to escape comparisons to similar science-fiction tales about dystopian societies where a lower-class citizen attempts to overcome what is clearly a corrupt system of living (see: Logan’s Run, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, etc.).
An international trailer has been released for the film, which begs the question: Does it look as though Niccol has devised a clever and exciting twist on that familiar sci-fi narrative?
In case you were wondering, here is the official synopsis for the film:
“In Time” presents a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch: you’re genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich “earn” decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. 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.
NOTE: The following In Time international trailer contains only a couple of mild PLOT SPOILERS, but also reveals the fate of an important character. Bear that in mind before you watch it:
In Time will allow Timberlake the opportunity to prove he can play more than just a hapless dork (see: Bad Teacher) or the egotistical type (see: The Social Network) in a film. Whether or not he’s capable of pulling off a working-class hero is definitely up for debate, but at least Niccol’s new film plays to the strengths of its others stars – namely, by having Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men) play a self-concerned, privileged-type obsessed with maintaining the status quo; Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) portray a menacing member of a Gestapo-like police force; and Amanda Seyfried… well, just being as charismatic and beautiful as ever, basically.
In Time will hit U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011.
Source: 20th Century Fox