What do you get when you mix a present-day chase flick with a little Logan's Run-type twist? In Time, starring Justin Timberlake.
In Time is set in a not-too-distant future where time has replaced money as the currency of society. The more time you earn, the longer you live. But once you hit 25, if you don't have any more accrued time, you die a year later.
Timberlake plays a man from the wrong side of the tracks who inadvertently comes into a large amount of time from a deceased friend. But certain elements of society (i.e. the wealthy) don't want a guy like him having so much time on his hands, so to speak, and he becomes a fugitive. Amanda Seyfried plays the daughter of a high-society figure who gets caught up in Timberlake's plight.
Instead of glowing lifeclocks in their palms like the characters in the film version of Logan's Run (where death was enforced at the age of 30), everyone in In Time has a countdown clock imprinted on their arm ... once that clock hits zero, they drop dead.
Timberlake, Seyfried and writer/director Andrew Niccol joined moderator Damon Lindelof onstage at San Diego Comic-Con for a few brief words about the film, with Timberlake saying, "Getting into this world with Andrew was a trip, because he had such a complete, detailed vision. A couple of weeks after we finished filming, I kept looking at my forearm, where we had these dots where the clocks would be. I held onto a lot of idiosyncratic behavior for a while after making this movie."
The trailer really said it all, though.
Lots of action and running, a hint of social commentary and those pretty cool countdown clocks on everyone's arms make In Time look like it could be time spent well at the movies. And since Niccol wrote and directed Gattaca and wrote The Truman Show, there could be some food for the mind as well.