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post #1 of 32
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 109 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki
Written & Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Music by: Craig Armstrong
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 31, 2012

"It takes time to make time"

Film Synopsis:

In the future, time has become the ultimate currency and genetic alteration has allowed people to stop aging at 25 years old. Upon reaching 25, the countdown begins and in order to stay alive everyone must work to buy themselves more time or die within a year. The rich can buy their way out of the situation, while the rest are left to negotiate for immortality. When a struggling young man, Will Salas (Timberlake), comes in contact with a “millionaire,” he is gifted more time than he can imagine. Falsely accused of murder, Will is a fugitive on the run and becomes determined to bring down the entire system by any means possible.

My Take:

In a not so distant future scientists stumble upon a way to switch off the aging gene which leads to overpopulation and the potential for anarchy. As a means of control people are genetically engineered to stop aging at 25 years old. After that they will live only one more year unless they earn/get more time. In that future time has become the new currency. Those who are “rich” can become immortal while those who aren’t, struggle living month to month, week to week, day to day, hour to hour. In the ghetto time zone of Dayton life’s pace is quick as time is of the essence. In the upscale time zone of New Grenich the pace is lethargic by comparison as the wealthy have no sense of urgency while enjoying the luxuries of their privileged lifestyle. In a system designed to benefit the rich and keep the poor short of time one man is given a gift which enables him to see the societal imbalance and the will and means to do something about it.

The trailer for In time didn’t strike me as something that required a trip to the theater but the premise piqued my interest enough that I looked forward to checking it out when it came to Blu-ray. The synopsis pretty much hit’s the highlights and conceptually speaking there is potential but there are some issues, starting with the premise. The storyline is a sort of Bonnie and Clyde/Robin hood theme set in the sci-fi, thriller, action genre. The idea of genetic engineering for population control is one thing but the ability to live longer by the transference of more time especially when it can be done as simply as by touch makes little sense in a world that is trying to avoid anarchy. There are some obscure plot points that raise questions which are never answered and some of the action is more than a little over the top in the probability department. I can live with that except when it is contradictory within the construct of the storyline. Character development is pretty poor which doesn’t help although I would say that coincides with the remaining aspects of the script. The underlying message about the rich getting richer etc. is overtly emphatic which depending on your point of view smacks of an agenda. Did I dislike In time? Not really. Could it have been a better film? Most definitely. I liked the vintage “futuristic" vehicles used and there is a slickness to the production. The cast is generally fine considering the depth required to portray these roles. I must object to Olivia Wilde’s miniscule part. I had serious doubts about how good this film was going to be after learning who her character was (really?). I like Amanda Seyfried but didn’t find her especially convincing here. My feeling is that her part should have gone to Olivia (much better). I like Justin Timberlake but like Amanda I am not so sure that he was a good fit. There is little to no romantic connection between their characters (although it is intended) which in a film like this negatively effects the perception of chemistry. We won’t even discuss Alex Pettyfer’s hammy performance as the leader of the ghetto thugs. Cillian Murphy as the timekeeper in pursuit of Will and Sylvia steals the show which is a good thing. Based on the potentially interesting allegory inherent in the film’s premise and the appearance of what seems a decent sized budget I think that In time is a swing and a miss that with better execution could have hit it out of the park.

Parental Guide:

The rating is violence, some sexuality, and brief strong language.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 88

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Video: 90

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In time comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

Fox has been consistent in the quality of their new releases titles on Blu-ray and this is no exception. This is an excellent high definition presentation that features quantifiable high level detail that manifests itself in the form of crisply defined images with subtle degrees of texture which give the video appreciable depth. Colors are bright and well saturated, with natural rendering and subtle refinement. Dark scenes have appreciable dimension, deep blacks and discernible shadow detail. Contrast and brightness strike a good balance so that bright and dark sequences appear dynamic without discernible loss of detail. I saw no indications of video related anomalies associated with the encoding as the presentation as a whole was whistle clean.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has extended dynamic range, detail rich clarity and makes ample use of the entire surround platform to drive the film’s elements. The music score, coupled along with well integrated discrete and ambient sound effects, plays an intricate role in this sometimes involving surround mix. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment are discerning. Low frequency effects can be intense as the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the low level bass and dynamic impact during action based sequences. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. I thought the presentation was quite good and as a whole enhanced the enjoyment of the film.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) The minutes - 16 minute faux documentary/back story

  • (HD) 10 deleted/extended scenes

  • (HD) Theatrical trailer

  • D-Box Motion Code enabled

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Based on a decent premise and fitted with a fairly good cast In time gets lost in an underdeveloped script and an overtly preachy message which results in a middling genre film that could have been more. On a positive note its high definition presentation from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment looks and sounds terrific. If you’re a fan this is worth picking up otherwise give it a rent first.


Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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post #2 of 32
Olivia Wilde was as stunning as the transfer.

post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Tom Monahan View Post

Olivia Wilde was as stunning as the transfer.



I couldn't agree more Tom..

post #4 of 32
Justin Timberlake can do movies?
post #5 of 32
well... penguins can do movies too
all is needed is a camera pointed at the creature
post #6 of 32
post #7 of 32
Ralph, I agree 100% with this review (both on the technical aspects and the story)...it could have been so much more with some further attention to detail in the writing and character development.
post #8 of 32
Originally Posted by chong67 View Post

Justin Timberlake can do movies?

He has been pretty funny on SNL, guess anything is possible.
post #9 of 32
In Time was decent, but I thought this was a missed opportunity. It could have been better. I could not help but notice the subliminal messages in this movie that can relate somewhat to politics.
post #10 of 32
Thanks for the review Ralph. I'll give it a rent when its released over here.
post #11 of 32
Good review.

I don't normally comment on these reviews, but I have to say that this film was disappointingly flat - the story was just not fleshed out enough to be cohesive and, at worst, made no sense.

It's like they were totally unable to get past their overt "anti-establishment" initial justification for the plot premise, to actually get into making a credible and worthwhile attempt at something watchable.
post #12 of 32
I liked this movie beacuse of it's concept. Only gripe was Olivia wasn't in this movie long enough.

Thought the ending was great. Definite buy for me.
post #13 of 32
Thanks Ralph--was planning to rent this one and your review reinforces that plan.
post #14 of 32
No one has a cell phone in the future?
post #15 of 32
Saw this awhile ago, had a interesting concept but felt like it didn't deliver in the end
post #16 of 32
I had high hopes for this film based on its interesting concept, but it fell short for me. The reasons are the same as Ralph's, and I felt like I was being rushed through this story. There were some entertaining scenes here and there, but not enough to warrant a purchase.

This movie made me want to watch "Gattaca" again for some reason?
post #17 of 32
I enjoyed the movie, that's why I bought it the day it came out on Blu-Ray. I really like the concept of time as money. It's a very interesting way to look at things.

Maybe nobody had cell phones, but they did have intercom / CB radios in the cop cars. Weird.
post #18 of 32
Originally Posted by Soundnexx View Post

I had high hopes for this film based on its interesting concept, but it fell short for me. The reasons are the same as Ralph's, and I felt like I was being rushed through this story. There were some entertaining scenes here and there, but not enough to warrant a purchase.

This movie made me want to watch "Gattaca" again for some reason?

Gatacca was better
post #19 of 32
I watched this last night through iTunes and enjoyed it. Would not want to add it to my library but it was worth the time to watch it. I like the roles Justin Timberlake has taken on and thought he did a convincing job here--even though the plot was a little thin. Lots of ways the story could have been improved but both Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried played their roles well (but I will confess to being partial to Amanda--I always enjoy her roles)
post #20 of 32
This review is spot on. Movie had great potential but was wholly underwhelming.
post #21 of 32
I bought it as a combo pack and thought it was entertaining. They did leave the end open for a sequel
post #22 of 32
yes - this movie had so much more potential. First 15 minutes had me hooked but by the end of the movie I was looking at my wrist to see how much more time this thing had left as the chase kept going on and on.

JT is very cool - but there was no chemistry here with Seyfried. Agree with Ralph that Olivia Wilde would have been a much better choice. The way they looked at each other in the first part of the movie - they should have been together. Her casting was a real head-scratcher.

Anyone else think the scene with JT's car rolling over looked like a matchbox car rolling down a pile of gravel? My wife and I started laughing. I'm thinking of picking up the DVD version and watching on a smaller screen - I can't help but think the blu-ray/1080p on a large screen really exposes poor CGI.
post #23 of 32
Hoping to pick this up next week
post #24 of 32
I really liked this movie. Concept was totally unique, which is something that can't be said of most sci-fi movies. True there may have been some 'holes' in the logic but really it is SCI-FI and therefore "made-up" by definition and so some 'holes' are to be expected. I thought for the most part the casting was very good and unlike a lot of sci-fi with an original premise, this one actually had a story within rather than rely on the unusual future-isque aspect and special effects to carry it along. Whether I find the actors themselves attractive has nothing to do with my enjoyment of any film... I can go to the mall if I want to find some attractive people to watch. This was a slick production and some might even find an underlying message that speaks to the class warfare of today. The true test of a good film for me is if I didn't notice the time passing... if I glance at the clock even once during a movie then it failed to fully absorb my consciousness for the whole time. I never once thought about the time as we watched this movie... so yes, I liked it. I will probably purchase it for my collection.
post #25 of 32
I'm going to watch this as I had a free voucher to rent this for tonight, so J. Edgar will be pushed back till Wednesday night. I've read different reviews where some have liked it and some have not but watching the trailer this movie still has me curious.
post #26 of 32
I really enjoyed this film it wasn't too bad at all. Once it gets down to a descent price I will buy it.
post #27 of 32
Very cool concept.. think they could have done so much with this movie.. the chemistry between jt and the girl was horrible and the cute little jokes they had were so cheesy... great movie til Jt's mom dies then it drastically falls off 2.9 out of 5*
post #28 of 32
I Thought This was A pretty good flick with an interesting & well executed plot, not to far from western democracies of today in many ways ..
post #29 of 32
picked this up for $10 today on blu ray
post #30 of 32
By far one of the worst movies I've seen the last few years. Much like Battle LA, I could not finish it.
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