Parents' Guide to

In Time

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sci-fi thriller has violence, sexuality, language.

Movie PG-13 2011 109 minutes
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age 2+

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Fresh Idea

I enjoy this movie due to the never seen before plot. It is refreshing to enjoying a recently made movie that actually has not been done in the past. We often see movies today that are piggybacking off of past classics. In time is a story that will force you to look at your values while you enjoy a truely entertaining experience experience.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (43 ):

The first half of IN TIME is stylish and original and offers just enough action and punny time jokes to be genuinely entertaining without being over the top. Parading an all-star cast of talented actors, led by the always charismatic Timberlake, the movie is by turns a thriller, a treatise on the unfair distribution of wealth, and a Bonnie and Clyde-meets-Robin Hood caper. Parts are particularly poignant, like a gut-wrenching sequence in which Rachel is running as fast as she can to meet Will before she times out, or when Will sweetly gives his best friend (Johnny Galecki) a decade in tribute to their 10 years of friendship.

But once Will and Sylvia hook up to free the time, the movie's many flaws emerge to bog the action down in unanswered questions. Will's dead father's name is brought up several times, but it's never exactly clear why he was such a revolutionary hero. It's also uncertain when or how the time system started -- if it's a genetic alteration introduced in a dystopian future or something created to keep the masses in slave-like conditions. Some of the relationships, especially Sylvia's with her parents, are especially one-dimensional (it's ludicrous that one of the richest men in the world wouldn't give away time for his one and only daughter). Director Andrew Niccol gets points for the movie's fascinating premise and the exciting cast, but he should have done a better job of sustaining the cool concept and tightening up loose ends. This is one of those entertaining-enough sci-fi movies that it's best not to overthink, or else your time will feel wasted.

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