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Justin Timberlake stars in 'In Time': movie review

The futuristic 'In Time' reels out a doomsday scenario that has Justin Timberlake playing a Robin Hood-like character who saves the lives of the poor.

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Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried appear in a scene from the futuristic thriller 'In Time.'

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“In Time,” starring Justin Timberlake, is about a futuristic world in which people stop aging at 25, which is when the clock they were born with on their wrists begins its countdown. In less than a year, if you don’t figure out a way to buy, trade, earn, or steal more time, it’s lights out. As a result, the masses are always in a rush, counting down the minutes allotted for even the most mundane tasks. The wealthy, who can afford to buy up thousands of years of time, luxuriate in their ease. It’s a have-and-have-not world that, I suppose, is meant to correlate with today’s massive inequalities.

The writer-director Andrew Niccol is best known for writing “The Truman Show,” another movie that got carried away by doomsday deep-think. The deep-think here is even sillier. Timberlake’s Will, from the run-down side of town, rises up against the monied oligarchy. Along for the ride is Amanda Seyfried’s Sylvia, a pouty rich kid who gets to rescue the poor while brandishing, none too convincingly, a very heavy-looking pistol.

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The film is beautifully shot in chilly blues and grays by cinematographer Roger Deakins, and Los Angeles locales are well chosen for futuristic effect. Most of the time, however, I found myself glancing at the clock on my own wrist. Grade: C (Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexualty and partial nudity, and strong language.)

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