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Movie Review – In Time

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When a media embargo is put out on any press or feedback on the film we are about to see at the forthcoming press screening, more often than not, maybe even around 90% of the time, it’s because the film is a little bit shit. It's also often because they hope to capitalise on big first day and weekend box office results and hope to eliminate any negative reviews getting out hurting the film before that time. Now, you would think that such things wouldn’t affect us down here in NZ, but sometimes it does when our time zone sees films released here before the States. So, when we were asked to sign such a document for ‘In Time', it didn’t exactly bode well for the film. But the trailer had interested me, and a kiwi was behind the writing and directing chair, so I put the media embargo out of my mind and sat down expecting to be pleasantly surprised by this film.

“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, ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.”

Well, I gave this film every chance to impress me, or even worse, have me turn a blind eye to a few flaws, but it kept being so average, so often, that by about the 30 minute mark I just couldn’t ignore it any more. The sci-fi concepts I just wasn’t buying into, a fully mixed bag of acting had me actually turning off from some of the performances completely, and such a ho-hum story that had some unbelievably pointless endings to some of the characters arch’s, just made me really dislike this film. When you ‘switch off’ from action scenes, you know the film has failed somewhere and that’s exactly what this film did. I never cared about the characters or whether they lived or died. Actually, I take that back. If some of them had died I may actually have liked the film more!

6 out of 10 from me. 

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