Among other sci-fi titles hoping to leave a good impression on individuals at Comic-Con 2011 is 20th Century Fox's In Time, the latest thought-provoking project written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, S1m0ne).
The setup for In Time - a futuristic society where time (literally) equals money and people are genetically engineered to stop aging once they reach 25 - has prompted comparisons to other sci-fi titles, especially Logan's Run. Will Niccol still manage to bring something new to the table?
Fox premiered a four minute-long trailer for In Time (which, at different points in development, was titled I'm.Mortal and Now) at 'Con 2011, revealing an early look at Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried as a couple of people from opposite sides of the tracks - one poor, one rich - who end up going on the run together from the "time-keeping" police force. The footage shown looks promising enough, but will likely hit more than a few familiar beats for longtime fans of the sci-fi genre.
For more on that, check out the In Time footage (via IGN) below:
Mad Men's Vincent Karthesier and Cillian Murphy (Inception) both come off as effective villains - Seyfried's wealthy father and a "Timekeeper", respectively - in this In Time footage. Likewise, the visual of people with digital time counters physically imbedded in their forearms is a creative one, and there's something fitting about the subtly decrepit appearance of the film's setting. Similar to last year's Never Let Me Go, it suggests a world where the unnatural increases in human longevity has actually hindered, rather than helped, the evolution of society (the advances in certain forms of technology, like automobiles and weaponry, aside).
However, there's no denying that this trailer also makes In Time look and feel all the more similar to previous sci-fi tales that touch on topics such as social inequality and genetic manipulation. Case in point: in addition to its similarities to Logan's Run, there are also definite elements of Michael Bay's The Island, Brave New World, 1984, and even this year's The Adjustment Bureau in Niccol's tale of (pardon the snarky description) beautiful people learning about the true value of life and love as they run away from dangerous men in suits.
Does that mean Niccol and his cast won't be able to mix up the plot and character elements from all those aforementioned titles in a way that feels fresh? Not at all - in fact, given both the excellent acting and creative talent involved, there's a good chance In Time will do just that. Besides, with Timberlake and a red-wig-wearing Seyfried as the leads (not to mention, stars like Olivia Wilde and Alex Pettyfer in supporting roles) it'll at least be easy on the eyes.
On that note - check out the new In Time posters (via Rope of Silicon) in the gallery below:
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In Time will arrive in U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011.