Movie Review: Justin Timberlake Stars as Action Hero in “In Time” Movie [Video]

In the new film “In Time,” Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfreid live in a world where once you turn 25, you must keep replenishing your life clock or you’ll drop dead.

Justin Timberlake has acted in a new film scheduled for an October 28, 2011 release. The list of actors includes such celebrities as Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki, Vincent Kartheiser and Australian up-and-comer Bella Heathcoate.

According to IMDb, the script, written by Andrew Niccol, has the next plot: “In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.”

In the new film "In Time," Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfreid live in a world where once you turn 25, you must keep replenishing your life clock or you'll drop dead. Photo: 20th Century Fox

“When I first read the script, for three days straight I just felt like I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Timberlake says. “I think in the same way that I watched heroes when I was a kid and related to them in that way, I felt like it was something that people could relate to and that I related to. Even if I wouldn’t have worked on this film, I would have been very excited to see it.”

To show the world where is time is money Niccol recruited costume designer Colleen Atwood and production designer Alex McDowell so the trio have done their best to perform the contrast between the rich and the poor, which become intertwined when the impoverished Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) suddenly finds himself bequeathed with enough time to make him a target running for his life.

Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas, a 28-year-old who has worked hard to “buy” three years to add to his life. Photo: 20th Century Fox

For the description of the classes Niccol used two terms: “fast fashion” for the characters in poor zones (costumes feature zippers and snaps) and “slow fashion” for the rich characters (costumes with multiple layers and buttons become signs of wealth).

Color was another way to contrast the societies: “In the poor part of town, if they did have extra money, they bought something bright and showy as opposed to something quiet and low-key like people with time in the banks,” Atwood explained.

Like the costumes, McDowell distinguished the fictional areas with differences in color, giving Dayton buildings brightly colored walls and New Greenwich a corporate America, cool colors palette.

The movie looks creepy and intriguing. There's been some debate about whether or not Timberlake can play an action hero, but this guy can do it all — music, comedy, drama. Photo: 20th Century Fox

The filmmakers also carried through the idea time-is-money in some other ways. A 99-cents store becomes a 99-seconds store. Fast food becomes fastest food. Throughout the sets are hourglasses and sundials and other references to time. “It was such a time-obsessed society that we were portraying that we had some fun with it,” Niccol said.

After In Time’s premiere in Los Angeles, Timberlake went to the after-party at a private home in Beverly Hills, and partied with his ex-girlfriend, actress Jessica Biel.

The movie "In Time", written and directed by Andrew Niccol is scheduled for an October 28, 2011 release. Photo: 20th Century Fox

“Jess didn’t show up until the after-party,” a witness said.”They still look really in love, though…such a cute couple.” The duo quietly reunited in summer after officially announcing their split after four tumultuous years together in March.

“They have been talking the whole time and decided to give it another shot,” a pal close to the pair said in August. “Jessica really wanted to get back together with him and Justin realized single life is not what it’s cracked up to be.” [via Teen Hollywood and MSNBC]

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