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What would you do with all the time in the world?  Immortality has never interested  me, probably because of books like Gulliver’s Travels and movies like Tuck Everlasting and now In Time.

Talk about a movie written for gorgeous young actors!  In the movie, no one is every physically older than 25; they just stop aging.  But there’s a catch: “for a few to be immortal, many must die.”  Money is currency, it is earned and spent.  Coffee is 4 minutes and a bus ride is two hours.  Time is transferred by holding scanners to a person’s wrist or by holding hands.  Arm wrestling takes on a whole new context as the flick of a wrist can mean the difference between life and death.

In Time Review

Meh.  It’s got some good political themes, but they kept making reference to Darwinism and survival of the fittest as a justification for the rich hoarding time and making sure that the poor died before their time, but there’s no evolution.  Traits that make certain genes “superior” are not getting passed down or weeded out.  This arrangement with the clock on the arm seems to be a relatively new development.  People reference being in their seventies or eighties, but no one was anywhere near 200 years old.  People weren’t dying because their genes were inferior, they were dying because the rich raised the price of living in the poor districts, essentially stealing their life.

Other than that, it wasn’t a bad movie, but the beginning was better than the end. It had some great, thought-provoking quotes that overshadowed the rest of the movie.  For me, the best part of the movie was practically in the opening scene when Matt Bomer’s character says “But the day comes when you’ve had enough. You’re mind can be spent, even if your body’s not. We want to die, we need to.”

Now it’s been YEARS since I’ve read Gulliver’s Travels, so leave a comment if you remember more about this section.  There’s a point in the novel where a character is explaining that immortality is not everything it’s cut out to be.  You live forever, but the mind only lasts so long before they’re basically a vegetable, a drain on their loved ones stuck with taking care of them.  Not exactly the romanticized immortality people envision.

So, In Time is worth watching, but rent it or find it online.  It’s not something I think I’ll watch again, but it was good to watch once and it has Matt Bomer in it.

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