By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS
What if the government did away with money? Is it conceivable that we could get paid with time? That's the storyline behind In Time, originally titled Now and I'm Mortal.
It's 2161. Genetic alteration has advanced to a state where humanity stops aging at 25. People must earn more time after 25 or they will die within the year.
The time you have left is visible on your forearm. Those who have a lot of time keep their arm covered so someone won't mug them and take their time.
Society has been divided into 'Time Zones.''The poor live in Dayton and that's where we find 28-year-old factory worker, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake). He lives with his mother Rachel (Oliva Wilde).
One night Will stops by a bar where he sees a rich man (he has 105 years) Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) flaunting his good fortune. Will helps Henry escape, and in return, Henry gives Will his time. Henry then commits suicide or 'timed out.'
Timekeepers, a sort of futuristic police, investigate and soon are led to pursue Will after seeing him in contact with Henry via video surveillance.
Will can't wait to reach his mother to share some time with her. She is running out. Her time expires and she dies in his arms.
Will then remembers what Henry said to him, 'For few to be immortal, many must die, your mind is worn out, even though your body may not be. We want, we need, to die.'
This is one cool movie. Don't miss it.