Recommended by Gordon Holmes
A FEW years ago I would have cringed even at the mention of Justin Timberlake’s name but the former squeaky singer has matured into a half decent actor, his performance in ‘The Social Network’ was excellent.
And he does well in this intriguing sci-fi thriller set in a world where time has become the ultimate currency.
You stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch: you’re genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich “earn” decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day.
Timberlake plays Will Salas, a man from the wrong side of the tracks who is falsely accused of murder and forced to go on the run with a beautiful, and time rich, hostage (a bewigged and sexy Amanda Seyfried). They battle against the system and literally live minute-by-minute, like a futuristic Bonnie and Clyde as they rob time banks.
If you analysed it too deeply, there would remain a few unanswered ‘how’ and why’ questions but it’s a compelling enough tale to keep you hooked to the end.