We are told at the beginning of this movie that people are genetically created with only a 25 year lifespan. If you want to live longer than that allotment you have to somehow get more time. Some do it by working for their time and others stay alive by stealing time. Time is a commodity.
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as 'time keepers'.
There is a lot of scenes of people running in this film. I felt like I was watching Tom Cruise for a second since his movies always have a scene with Cruise running for his life. I suspect the director thought that showing people running and constantly staring at their forearms would somehow created the frenetic pace that this movie needed to work. Instead of caring about the characters I found that I was mad at them for making so many stupid decisions.
I will admit to loving Amanda Seyfried so she can do no wrong. She looks like a doll that has come to life. For all my complaints with this movie she and Timberlake are cast well. I am glad we weren't subjected to a love scene. That would have really slowed things down and the purpose here is to MOVE and move fast. Hustle for your time like a drug addict needing a fix.
Like in 'Logan's Run' the IDEA of a society of eternally young and beautiful people sounds like a until you think about it for a half second. There is no way that anyone would ever just 'surrender' themselves to their fate if they can just run away and avoid it.
Everything here is solid. Cillian Murphy is a good adversary. The leads are very appealing. The idea is intriguing. So why do I feel short changed? If I was a witty man I would make some crack about a movie about time that wasted mine.
Timberlake would be a good Jason Bourne. He can pull off that action hero vibe effortlessly.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.