This post was first published on my Tumblr on Aug 8, 2013, and is now updated with my experiences since then.
I recently watched In Time, a movie that came out in 2011 starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
IT WAS AWESOME! Super intense and thought provoking. Just the way I like my movies.
WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD. Stop now if you haven’t watched it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Even though it was (more or less) an action show, I had to snigger at all the puns they made with deadpan faces. I mean, they weren’t intentionally being funny, but there were a lot of double meanings and references to common phrases in the show.
People actually die when their time is up. Law enforcement members are called Timekeepers. “Give me an hour” or “Do you have a minute” is freaking literal.
Besides all the “punnyness”, In Time really has some very intense and serious takeaways such as:
1. Time is money, don’t waste it.
2. What would you do if you had all the time in the world? What would you do if you only had a day left to live?
3. There’s a lot you can do in a day.
While watching it, I was very torn as well. On one hand, what Will and Sylvia were doing was noble. Help the masses. Share time. There’s enough for everyone. No one should be immortal if even one person has to die.
On the other hand, I understand where the Timekeepers and the politicians are coming from. If everyone has too much time, no one will do anything at all. Time loses its value. There will be no system. Most people are weak, as shown when Will gave his friend ten years. The bugger went and drank til he died with nine years left on his clock.
It really embodied the phrase “too much of a good thing can be bad”.
Yes, no one person should have all the power (immortality) while others live day to day (literally). But there is also a need for capitalism and Darwinism.
Only the strongest survive.
I still can’t pick a side, but maybe this is one of those controversial things that just can’t be resolved, like abortion.
This is a really excellent show for teaching people the value of time and money. How to treasure and appreciate what you have, count your blessings and live life to the fullest.
I definitely recommend everyone to watch it. Especially spoilt kids and teens. Maybe this might wake them up.