Director and Written by: Andrew Niccol
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Thriller
Runtime: 109 min
The first sci-fi movie from Niccol who also filmed No Country for Old Men with a different and new concept. In the future, the monetary system has been replaced from hard and plastic currency to time. So literally time is money and power. Aging stops at the age of 25 as humans has been bioengineered by some sort of advanced technology from birth.
So the poor like Will Salas (played by Justin Timberlake) take it on day by day, hour for hour… working, begging, borrowing time for an interest or stealing it to see the light of another day. If you run out of time then you fall dead. The rich who got lots of time keep living for hundreds of years and provided they take care of their health can live for centuries.
The system which is actually corrupt keeps a thorough control over this system through time keepers, some like the one played by Cillian Murphy who has spent years of the life dedicated for seeing that the rich live comfortably and making the system work. They are the police of this age.
The way the time is allocated and used on a daily basis is a matter of interest for Christians. I guess this is one of the first visualisation of the concept mentioned in the Bible about the mark of the Beast and its use on a daily basis when the Anti Christ sets up his own system of governance as prophesied in the Book of Revelations.
“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead.” Revelation 13:16.
Time is allotted to each human as a digital green arm clock which is interestingly on the hands. If anyone is not part of the system then simply they cannot exist as it is the basis for all monetary transactions. Is the movie trying to visualize this concept from the book of Revelations and has it been borrowed from the Bible?
The movie could have been made more alluring and gripping as the story is a very good one and also has an appealing cast.