In Time takes place in an alternative universe where people don’t age past twenty five, at which point the countdown clock on their arms activate, and they have but a year left to live unless they earn more time. Wages are earned in time: the rich can loiter indefinitely, while the poor toil day to day, trying to achieve immortality. The film takes the ‘time is money’ metaphor and makes it reality.

Timberlake plays Will, a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who never has more than a day left on his timer. Upon saving a suicidal rich guy from being murdered in a bar, he finds himself the owner of a century bestowed upon him by the guy, who offed himself anyway.

This gift makes a rich man of Will but it also puts him in real danger. In his ghetto, people are killed for a week, let alone a century. Unfortunately, his new-found riches aren’t enough to save his mother, whose timer ran out seconds before he could give her some of his time.

Severely disillusioned with the system and the ghetto, he high-tails it over to the rich part of town where he meets Sylvia (Seyfried), the rebellious daughter of a millionaire banker. Bonding over the notion that the disparity between the rich and the poor is highly unfair, they embark upon a quest to destroy the system by stealing the time and redistributing it while being pursued by both the timekeepers (police officers) and the Minutemen. The Minutemen are a gang of time-thieving hoodlums led by the 75-year-old Fortis, a character played by 21-year-old Pettyfer.

In addition to being very entertaining and filled with some very beautiful people, In Time is also rather infuriating. The film has a really great premise that isn’t fleshed out the way it should have been. Instead of really getting to know this world and the new problems that arise from this type of situation, we’re given a story that skates over most of the intricacies and only tackles the outermost shell of this world.

Timberlake is pretty cool once the action gets going and his main task becomes outrunning the timekeepers and brandishing his gun about. However, the first fifteen minutes of the film required acting skills that he doesn’t really possess. Watching him sob over his mother’s corpse was laughable.

Seyfried was surprisingly convincing as a badass for someone who looks so much like a doll, especially as her heels were more stilts that stilettos. She comes across as an idealistic thrill-seeker, fed up with her overbearing father.

Murphy was awesome as Raymond, a timekeeper tasked with capturing Will and Sylvia. He is a prime example of the weariness that immortality can inflict upon the soul. Murphy manages to make his officer appear very human and much older than what his looks would suggest.

In Time, while highly entertaining, doesn’t live up to its premise. An idea like this should have made an insanely epic film, which, unfortunately, this isn’t.