Sunday, December 4, 2011

In Time - Second Look

I woke up this morning still thinking about the Justin Timberlake movie 'In Time' and how I was annoyed by the fact that I didn't like this as much as I should have. It had very attractive stars, a nice set-up, good action (if you like to watch running), dystopian societies and all the other things I like about these kind of movies.

Eric mentioned in the comment section of my review that it looked alot like 'Daybreakers' which is ANOTHER movie that had everything going for it but I still ended up annoyed by it. It too was about a dystopian society only one with vampires.

Then it came to me. I wanted 'In Time' to be less like 'Daybreakers' and more like 'The Adjustment Bureau' which was a terrific movie about fate and choice and destiny. I left the 'Adjustment Bureau' with few questions because they did such a good job at explaining everything to me with just enough information for me to fill in my own interpretations and details. The movie followed it's own internal logic and didn't betray it.

'In Time' tells you one thing and shows you something else. The characters make terrible decisions for themselves but it all turns out okay in the end. They get to be rebels - The 'Bonnie and Clyde' of time thefts - still young and free and beautiful and stickin' it to the MAN.

Why am I bitchin'? I could watch Amanda Seyfried run and run and run some more. They should have a show on TV where she just runs from place to place in different outfits. Admit it. That is a pretty good idea for a program. I gotta pitch that to my 'guys'.


Erik Johnson said...

Thanks for the shout out Kal.

"Adjustment Bureau" was a film were I enjoyed the characters more than its actual story, which is extremely rare for a "high concept" science fiction film.

I hadn't seen this version of the poster for "In Time" and I have mixed feelings. It sets up the "Fugitive" element, so it tells me about the story, but Justin Timberlake's face on a poster five times is just four and a half times too many. Also, I'm of the belief that if your movie has the passage of time as a hinging element, you should at least try put some token effort at incorporating that into the poster (I'm looking at you "Benjamin Button"!)

Women running in different outfits as a TV Show? I think thats how "Baywatch" was greenlit.

Nathan said...

"Run, Amanda, Run"? I might well watch that.

Oh, by the way, I nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.