The movie In Time is not a time travel movie. In Time is set in the year 2161, genetic alteration has allowed people to stop aging at 25, but people have earn more time after age 25 or die when their time runs out. Living time can be transferred among people through human contact. Time has replaced money and its availability is displayed on an implant on people’s lower arm. When that clock reaches zero, one dies instantly. Society is divided by social class living in specialized towns called “Time Zones”. The poor live in the ghettos of Dayton, where youth predominates, and must work each day to earn more hours of life, which they must also use to pay for everything. The rich live in the luxurious city-like town called New Greenwich, in which the middle-aged and elderly predominate, though they look old, because they stopped aging at 25 years old. The rich can basically have whatever they want and they can live for centuries.
28- year-old factory worker Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives with his mother Rachel Salas (Olivia Wilde) in the ghettos. One day, Will saves rich 105-year-old Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) from suffering a time robbery in a bar where he shows off his time by buying people drinks. Hamilton is attacked by Fortis (Alex Pettyfer), the elderly British mobster boss of a middle-aged gang called the Minutemen. Will leads Hamilton to safety, where Hamilton tells Will, “For few to be immortal, many must die”, because there is essentially enough time for everyone to live a full life. Hamilton tells will how he longer desires life, because they need to die.
Later, Hamilton gives 116 years to the sleeping Will, keeping only five minutes for himself, which he uses to go sit on a ledge of a bridge. Before Hamilton’s five minutes were up, Will wakes to the astonishing gift that Hamilton has given him. Will sees Hamilton sitting on the ledge, but he does not make it to him in time, before his time ran out. The Timekeepers believe that Hamilton was murdered by a Dayton resident.
Will visits his friend and gives him 10 years of time, one year their friendship. Will waits for his mother at the bus station, where he discovers that his mother did not have enough time to pay for the bus ride after the price increased. He runs to find her and when they find each other they ran toward each other, but Will’s mom expires, before he was able to give her some time. Will decides to seek revenge, so he leaves Dayton to go to New Greenwich, with over a century on his clock. In the casino he meets an old millionaire, time-loaning businessman Philippe Weis and his daughter Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried). Sylvia becomes interested in Will after an intense poker game between him and her father. Will beats her father and wins 1100 years in the process. She invites Will to a party at their mansion.
At the party, Will is apprehended by the Timekeepers, who take away all of his time, but two hours. Will escapes by taking Sylvia hostage. Returning to the ghetto Will drives into an ambush of Fortis, who is disappointed that Will lost Hamilton’s time, but he ends up stealing most of Sylvia’s time. Will call Weis demanding 1000 years’ in exchange for Sylvia. Weis neglects to corporate with Will. As a result, Will and Sylvia take matters into their own hands. They decide to start stealing time to give to the poor. In short, the ended stealing a million years from Weis, to give to the poor, this leads to problems. The Timekeepers decide that there is nothing that they can do about disorder in time. The people in the ghettos have enough time to change zones and the rich are coping with the change in society, since more people are now able to live in the rich time zone. Will and Sylvia continue to rob banks, so that time will continue to remain disordered.
In Time makes me think about Darwinism, because the strong will survive when the weak will not survive, because the weak do not have unique characteristics like the strong have.