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?
So far, the answer seems to be... maybe. There's certainly something intriguing about the look of In Time's setting, where everything from the architecture to the average person's clothing nicely illustrates the stark difference between social classes. Plus, as familiar as the setup for the film may be, it is still an engaging one that allows for a nice mixture of thought-provoking philosophy and action-packed thrills, if executed correctly. In Time could put those genre elements to pretty good use.
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