- Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: PG-13
- Run Time: 109 Mins.
- Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD + Digital Copy)
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Blu-ray Release Date: January 31, 2012
- List Price: $39.99
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Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller In Time arrives with a story that, like the best science fiction usually is, seems cognizant of the current sociopolitical climate. In the stirring dissatisfaction between the haves and have nots brought to the fore by Occupy Wall Street protesters and 99 percenters, In Time comes along with a prescient story about those that have – time – and those that have not – time, to live, that is.
It’s a futuristic dystopian vision, nit dissimilar from Niccol’s Gattaca, in which humans have all been genetically modified to perfection and stop aging at twenty-five. This comes at one bing price, however, and that is after reaching twenty-five, there is only one year left to live after that. Of course, some people have learned how to rig the system, in their favor and gain more years. Time , as a result, has become a commodity that can be bartered and used as payment. As a result, there are the rich who have centuries, even millennia to live, and those who get by with only days or hours at a time before they inevitably “time out.”
In this world we meet Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) a struggling working class guy from the poor Time Zone of Dayton who happens upon the rich time holder Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) in a bar one night who has grown tired of living and wants to die. When Henry is attacked by minutemen – thugs who rob time from other people – Will saves him and takes him to a hideout. The next morning, however, Henry transfers over a century of time to Will while he is sleeping and slips away only to time out on a bridge. This leaves Will the prime suspect in his murder and wanted by the Time Keepers, time cops who keep the Time Clock in order.
Will makes his way to one of the wealthy time zones where he wins big at poker against Weis, a millionaire time lender, but the time keepers show up to arrest him, so he takes Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the millionaire’s daughter hostage. On the run, the two eventually form a bond and become like modern day Robin Hoods for the time-deficient, exposing a deep truth about the time clock system.
I’d wish I could like In Time, but, really, it’s just second rate William Gibson nonsense that eventually breaks down into a run-of-the-mill chase film. From the stilted dialogue and one-dimensional characters – Sylvia says she would rather experience something adventurous than sit around trying not to die accidentally, but then she proceeds to just let the situations drive her – In Time gets boring in no time.
Captured in high definition on the Arri Alexa, In Time comes to Blu-ray in a beautiful progressive AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement from Fox that is clean and artifact-free with extended details, obsidian blacks and nuanced shadow delineation.
The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack has a good balance of direct sounds across the front and ambience plus discrete effects in the surrounds. Dynamics are sufficiently wide while low frequencies are deep and resonant. High frequencies are natural and airy and the dialogue is clear and full, remaining above the fray of special effects at all times.
A host of deleted and extended scenes anchor a reasonable if not necessarily compelling package of extras.
- The Minutes (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:16:35) – This pseudo documentary brings the characters from the film in to “explore” the beginnings of the issues of time in the society.
- Deleted/Extended Scenes (1080p):
- No Time for War
- You Got Time to Stand Around, Salas?
- Shame We Gotta Wait 25 Years
- The Clock is Good for No One
- Don’t Make Your Father’s Mistake
- Mr. Elgin. It’s Sylvia Weis
- Strip Poker
- If You Can Buy Loyalty, You Can Buy Betrayal
- That’s a Lot of Staff
- No One with Three Minutes Left Wastes it on a Dance
- Theatrical Trailer (2.35:1; 1080p/24)
- Live Extras:
- Live Lookup – Access IMDb during the film’s playback to get actor bios and more.
The Definitive Word
Niccol’s Gattaca, which wasn’t that great, fares better than this rehashed version of the same story. In facts, perhaps Niccol should stop trying to imitate Philip K. Dick and William Gibson altogether, because if In Time is any indication, his attempts are only getting staler by the minute.
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