@2 years ago
#in time #andrew niccol
Andrew Niccol has some great ideas. He made Gattaca and Lord of War, two films that tackle big subjects and do so exceptionally well. He also has some good ideas done not so well. S1m0ne confronted the ideas of disposable celebrity and artificial humans but failed to make a great movie of it. His new film, In Time, takes a high concept route to dealing with financial disparity by making lifetime the currency of the world. It could be great satire, relevant thematic material and more. Sadly, it fails.
Instead of a world where time is money, we get a world where every single scene and line and situation marvels at what a good idea the director has come up with. Every term is a pun and play on the concept, every character does everything they can to show off the concept, every problem is solved by the concept, every developing character or event is cut off by a return to the concept whether its relevant or not. The problem is that the idea has massive holes in it. Too many to even begin listing here. It would make a great Weird Tales short story, but at two hours it gets old very fast.
The movie seems tailor made to the OWS movement, anyone rich is evil and anyone poor is good. It’s ultra-simplified and caricatured, even irresponsibly stereotyped. People don’t act like people, they act like sketches in a political cartoon. This removes any chance to care about the people or the plot. It makes one loathe everyone in the film. The story drops to a dismal level in which realism is ignored in favor of making a ham handed point that the film has made 20 times in the first 5 minutes. The depth possible with this idea is utterly unexplored.
The theme is worthy of exploration. The premise is a clever way to deal with it. All the elements are in place (Excepting two good lead actors) but the movie itself flops. It’s like making Gulliver’s Travels as a Jack Black comedy. One can see the brilliant potential and that makes it all the more sad to watch it go to waste.