John Hanlon

There are dozens of ridiculous lines of dialogue that just repeat the film’s key message. One character says “There’s more than enough. No one has to die before their time.” Later on: “For a few to be immortal, many must die.” Even later: “No one should be immortal if any one person has to die.”

If you don’t understand the writers’ message, you’re not paying attention.

In many ways, “In Time” reminded me of “Avatar,” another blatantly political film that sacrificed characters for ideology. As in “Avatar,” "In Time" includes a storyline about a person who rejects their own lifestyle to join with another class of individuals to help undermine the social class that they grew up in. Both films could have been good if they toned down their messages and focused more on their stories and on creating interesting characters.

I’ve never been one to avoid a film because of an actor’s political beliefs or to miss a film because I disagree with its message. But when a message takes precedence over a strong story and interesting characters, a movie often falters under the weight of its own ideology. And that’s the case with “In Time.”


John Hanlon

John Hanlon writes movie reviews and about pop culture for our site. He can be found on Twitter @johnhanlon.



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