High stakes: 'In Time' an intriguing premise
We are all of us engaged in the trade of buying and selling time. When we stop smoking, we hope we are buying years. When we drink and drive, we are willing to sell a few years. But those are gambles with the odds. In Time is a science fiction movie in which time is a fungible commodity. Are you willing to pay for 10 minutes of sex with an hour of your life?
The premise is damnably intriguing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, maker of such original sci-fi movies as Gattaca and S1mOne, it involves once again people whose lives depend on an overarching technology. In this case, they can buy, sell and gamble with the remaining years they have to live.
The market in time is everywhere. On this imaginary Earth, humans have a DayGlo digital clock on their forearms, clicking off the years, months, days and hours. It's like a population clock, except that it always grows smaller. By grasping hands and interfacing, I can upload and download time with you. Full review.Read more on: movie review