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“In Time” does not deserve your time.

The story of “In Time” essentially borrows from “Logan’s Run,” only instead of dying at 30 in this dystopian universe, you die at 26 unless you can acquire more time. The main character of this film (Will) happens to come into a lot of time given to him by a man who wants to die. Unfortunately for Will, he is now a suspected murderer on the run from the Time Keepers (a police force). While on the run, he meets a wealthy girl (Sylvia) who becomes entangled in this plot. Eventually, the story moves ina  different direction as Will and Sylvia begin to shake things up amongst the class systems so that everyone has more time (don’t ask).

On paper, “In Time” sounds like an intriguing sci-fi affair, but alas, it is anything but. Instead of coming off as a thought provoking dystopian fantasy, “In Time” comes off as a cheesy blockbuster filled with corny time puns (the Minute Men? Really?), a forced romance subplot, overwritten speeches about death, time and life, lots of running scenes, and a meandering middle act.

To make matters worse, the film wastes a truly talented cast that consists of   Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Johnny Galecki, and Matt Bomer. I wish I could say everyone does a fine job here, but Timberlake and Kartheiser are woefully miscast. Timberlake, who is fine in supporting roles in films like “Black Snake Moan” and “The Social Network, is NOT an action star or leading man material. Seeing him to try to act his way out of deeply dramatic or action heavy scenes will make you realize why. As for Kartheiser, he may be good on “Mad Men,” but seeing him portray an old man in a younger body is downright laughable. To be fair though, I doubt many actors could pull off this role.

Perhaps the film’s biggest offense is the lack of production values. If one is setting out to make a dystopian film, the visuals should back it up, no?  Empty L.A. streets, a few gadgets, and goofy sound f/x added to cars do not cut it. The lack of futuristic visuals is positively puzzling and it takes you out of the movie.

Summary: “In Time” is better off lost in time.

Video/Audio:

The film is presented in 2.35:1 and while the DVD transfer shines, the 1080p Blu-ray picture quality is leaps and bounds better than the DVD. The picture looks much glossier and more refined in hi-def and the lighting is also an improvement.

As cheesy as the sound f/x are at times, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track on the DVD delivers. Naturally, the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track on the Blu-ray has more depth.

Extras:

DVD extras include Fox trailers, an “In Time” theatrical trailer, and 8 deleted/extended scenes.

The Blu-ray has the same extras as the DVD (with 2 additional deleted/extended scenes), a BD Live feature Live Lookup, DVD and Digital Copy, and an extra titled “The Minutes” (which is a cheesy mock doc about the society in the film and the people).

February 15, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , , , , , , , ,

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