Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 28, 2011 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
In another extension of Brave New World or Logan's Run director Andrew Niccol has an idea that 25 years is a full life and only those with money can buy more years or time. Immorality is possible and each person continues to look like they do at 25.
The inequity between the time rich and the working folks is remarkable, those that work forage from day to day to keep enough time digitally printed on their arm to stay alive one more day. If the time runs out they drop dead.
Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) along with his mother (Olivia Wilde), she is a stunning 25 year old, are two of those who struggle. Early on we see the result of Will not getting to Mom quickly enough to pass on time credits. That appears to begin somewhat of a revolution which reminds us of the Wall Street protests in real life today.
Philippe Weis (Vincent Katheiser) is very old and has centuries of time in his vault. He is presented on screen to look young but made up something like The Picture of Dorian Gray. When Will Salas receives a gift of a century of time from Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) who just doesn't want to live any more, he crashes a Weis party and meets Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) daughter of Philippe. She looks 25 as does her mother (Bella Heathcote). A spark arises between the two and an adventure begins.
The time keeper, Raymond Leon is played nicely by Cillian Murphy he is basically an honest cop who follows the law but knows he is protecting the upper class by helping to thin out the population when time runs out on the less wealthy.
We learn that the young 25 year old daughter is seeking more excitement in her life. Sylvia wants to be away from the protection her father imposes to keep her from being robbed of her time. Time is kept on the arm of a person and in a cassette at the time bank under Weis' control. Sylvia is ready to run with Will and have an adventure. She quickly becomes a Patty Hurst helping rob the time bank and killing one of the bad guys on the street who are allowed to steal time from the weaker citizens. Alex Pettyfer leads a small band of crooks and constantly gets in the way of the two as they run and pile up time credits.
This is a dark view of a selfish future with an interesting twist on wealth, and even when there appears to be a victory for the regular folks a caution notice is voiced and we are allowed to determine what will happen next as the film ends.