You've heard the expression, "We need to buy more time.”
Well, that is the premise of this sci-fi thriller that plays like a parable of the haves and have-nots.
Justin Timberlake stars as Will Salas, the have-not who, through a twist of fate, becomes a have.
The premise of the movie is quite original: Everyone stops aging on their 25th birthday. From that moment on they have to beg, borrow, buy or steal time to keep on living. Their number of remaining days appears like a digital clock on their forearm.
There is no exchange of money in this eerie futuristic world, only time. A cup of coffee costs four minutes, up from three the previous day. And the cost of items and services keeps rising.
The Timekeeper Cillian Murphy) and his henchmen keep track, and he dogs Will as he enters New Greenwich, where the rich (in time) work and live, and kidnaps the rich businessman's daughter Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried). The rich live in their own protected zones with bodyguards, never taking chances because they can be killed for their time.
Sylvia slowly comes around to Will's way of thinking as the two narrowly escape the Timekeeper and try valiantly to set things right. She finally "gets it" and proclaims that "The poor die, but the rich don't live."
Is this an allegory on today's "Occupy Wall Street?” You bet it is.
The Timekeeper justifies his job by rationalizing, "If everyone could live forever, where would we put them?"
There are even some humorous, satirical lines, like "Don't waste my time" and "Give me your time.”
The movie turns into a long chase as Will and Sylvia gain and lose their precious time. Too much time can get you killed, and they are running out of time.
While the movie has an exciting ending and wraps things up nicely, it is a bit over the top at times. But it will leave you with a lot to think about.
Rated PG-13, with violence, profanity, sex, a bit of nudity and some pretty heavy issues for pre-teens to handle.