In the futuristic thriller “In Time,” Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried thrive in a society where time is money and for the poor there is never enough of it. Everybody stops ageing at 25; each person has a genetically engineered body clock which begins to tick once the ageing gene has switched off. The dystopian world created by Andrew Niccol is corrupt and unjust. For the poor it is a daily battle to acquire enough time to stay alive. The rich on the other hand have centuries and can potentially live forever.
Very relative to a youth-obsessed culture and taking that concept to the next very ominous level, “In Time” explores an unjust and corrupt world where the select few can stay young and live forever while the rest of the population die young, unless against all odds they find a way of gaining more time.
Seyfried’s Sylvia Weis is a privileged heiress bored with her life in the mansion where she lives with her family. She meets Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) a struggling worker who has come into time, a lot of it and has made his way into the zone populated by the wealthy, who have more than enough time to idle away the decades. Will has been wrongly accused of murder. He takes Sylvia hostage and the pair find themselves running from the law. Together they embark on a dangerous but thrilling journey, racing against time in a bid to destroy the corrupt system and power structure at its heart.
While Sylvia may become someone who inspires Will to take up the fight, she certainly does not start out that way. The nascent darker side of Sylvia was something Seyfried could bring to the fore. “Sylvia dreads her life every day,” reveals Amanda Seyfried. “She wants to have some kind of adventure. In a world like this, you spend so much time trying to protect your life that you don’t really end up living. Everybody has bodyguards. They all eat very well, but very little, they don’t drink or smoke; it’s mundane. Sylvia just isn’t made for this kind of life. She gets her wish for a different life when Will takes her away.”
Will’s first appearance in the richest time zone is telling. He is clearly out of place, but there is something unmistakably attractive about him, at least for Sylvia. Seyfried continues, “He comes into New Greenwich and in walks this almost larger-than-life guy. Once Will and Sylvia get to Dayton, everybody runs, because they’re fighting time. Everyone moves so fast, but there’s a sense of excitement there, and it’s liberating because they live day-to-day. You’re wired differently there. What’s important is the now.”
In addition to the journey of Sylvia, Seyfried was attracted to many of the things that captured Timberlake’s imagination about the world Niccol had created. “Andrew’s one of a kind, and I wanted to be a part of this. It’s so very different, but at the same time, it has so many parallels to the way we live, which is why it’s so smart. And I have to admit, getting to hold a gun and kick some butt also sounded like a blast.”
Initially appearing in television series “The World Turns” and “All My Children,” it was Amanda’s first film role in “Mean Girls (2004) that catapulted her to international stardom. Her film credits include “Alpha Dog,” “Letters To Juliet,” “Dear John,” “Chloe,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Jennifer’s Body” and the huge hit, “Mamma Mia.”
“In Time” is now open in theaters nationwide and in select 2D digital screens – Metro Manila, Cebu, Dvao, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro, Batangas, Bacolod, Pampanga, Tarlac, BAguio, GenSan, Laguna, Bulacan and Bohol.