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Review: In Time

Once in a while you need a movie that lets you just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Sure, these films can be rather mindless, but spoon-fed entertainment can make for a fun night out. On the other hand, that’s no excuse to take a notable novel premise and never bring it to its intellectual and emotional potential. With highly entertaining and thoughtful movies like Gattaca and The Truman Show on his resume, you’d expect something rather exceptional from writer-director Andrew Niccol. However, with In Time he’s got that brilliant idea, but never digs deep, leaving us with nothing more than a high concept.

Sometime in the future, people are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25-years-old. At birth, each person’s given one free year and then the moment he or she turns 25, the timer on his or her forearm starts counting down. Time is literally money so the only way the population can avoid timing out and maintain a living is by working for more time or by stealing it.

Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) resides in Dayton, one of the poorest zones in the country, a place where everyone lives day-to-day and hopes to get paid before their hours run out. When a wealthy man stumbles into Will’s part of town, rather than continue to enjoy his near-immortal existence, he opts to take his own life, but not before giving Will his 100+ years. With his newfound time, Will heads to New Greenwich, a place where people have so much time, they hire round-the-clock bodyguards to protect them. However, Will isn’t just there to play and enjoy his fortune, rather spread the wealth and defy the system.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: From ‘The Darkest Hour’ to ‘Dark Horse’

It’s tough to make a movie for everyone. Even those four quadrant films don’t really appeal to every demographic. The same goes for promotional material, but, in the case of Best/Worst Movies Promos of the Week, selling power must always beat out my own personal preferences.

Speaking of which, despite my disdain for the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, clearly the Fox formula works, so there’s no use in changing a good thing, even if the actual content is pure garbage. Clearly the studio has the same thought in mind, as Chipwrecked’s new trailer is packed with goofy faces courtesy of Jason Lee, cheesy dialogue and pop tune singing Chipmunks. Similarly, as someone with no taste for karate combat, even though the trailer hints at some heart, Shaolin looks as though it won’t do it for me.

As for material more my speed, Shark Night 3D gets credit for delivering a short and sweet clip with a killer conclusion. Tower Heist also makes an impact with its very first trailer. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat, but in general the piece looks like a fun version of Oceans 11, but with some less experienced and tactless thieves. The Justin Timberlake starrer In Time also dropped a new trailer, which successfully lays out the details of the film’s intriguing premise and features tons of ticking clocks and pretty 25-year-olds.

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