In the year 2169, genetic alteration has allowed humanity to stop
aging at 25. "Living time", which can be transferred among individuals
on body contact, is shown by a clock implanted in people's forearms.
"Living time" has also replaced the world currency systems, allowing
individuals to buy services with their "Living time"; When this clock
reaches zero, one dies instantly. Society is divided by social class
living in specialized towns called "Time Zones", dividing the poor ones
who almost always die at the age of 25 and live in the zone of Dayton,
from the wealthy ones who enjoy the benefits of a long life and youth,
in the zone of New Greenwich.
28-year-old factory worker Will Salas (Justin Timberlake)
lives with his mother Rachel (Olivia Wilde) in the lower class. One day, he saves
105-year-old Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) from suffering a time-robbery assault in a
bar. Hamilton is attacked by Fortis (Alex Pettyfer), the elderly British mobster boss of
a middle-aged gang called the Minute Men. Will rescues Hamilton, who
tells him, "For few to be immortal, many must die," as there is
essentially enough time for everyone to live a full life. An upset Will
argues that no one should die before their time naturally ends.
that night, Hamilton transfers 116 years to the sleeping Will, keeping
only five minutes for himself so that he would have enough time to go to
the nearby bridge and die before Will can save him. Resident police
force known as the Timekeepers investigate and Timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cilian Murphy),
is convinced Hamilton was murdered by a Dayton resident.
Will visits his friend, Borel, and gives him 10 years of time (a year
for each year of their friendship). Due to an increase in time for a
bus ride, Rachel discovers she doesn't have enough time to pay,
forcing her to run home. When Rachel doesn't get off the bus, Will runs
to finds her but her time expires moments before she can reach her
son's hand, and she dies.
Remembering what Hamilton told him about the inequity of the time
system, Will decides to seek revenge and leaves for New Greenwich, the
wealthy time zone. He enters a casino and meets millionaire time-loaning
businessman Philippe Weis (Vincent Kartheiser), and his daughter Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), who is intrigued by
Will's arrival, and even more when he practically bets all his
remaining time in a poker game with her father, and she decides to
invite him to a party in her father's mansion. Will wins 1,100 years in
the poker game.
At the mansion, Will is apprehended by Leon who confiscates most of
his time, save two hours, but he escapes when he takes Sylvia hostage.
He returns to Dayton with her, but he drives into an ambush by Fortis.
Fortis realizes that Will has lost his time but he steals most of
wealthy Sylvia's, leaving just half an hour for her as they escape from
the patrolling timekeepers.
Will returns to consciousness and gives
Sylvia some of his remaining time. They visit Borel in attempt to get
back some time, only to find out from Borel's grief-stricken wife Greta
that he has drunk himself to death with 9 years on his clock. Sylvia
pawns her jewelry for more time.
After finding shelter Will calls Weis
and demands a 1,000-year ransom for Sylvia, and that the 1000 years will
be distributed to the lower class of Dayton. However, he is unaware
that the call is being traced.
Will discovers that Weis did not pay but decides to let Sylvia go.
Leon appears to arrest Will, but is shot in the shoulder by Sylvia. Will
transfers two hours of time to Leon so that he can walk out of Dayton,
and Will and Sylvia escape in a hijacked limo. Will tells her that she
can walk away from this, but she refuses, saying that her life in New
Greenwich had no purpose.
They begin a series of "Robin Hood-esque" Time
Bank robberies by stealing Time Capsules and then distributing them to
the poor. Fortis finds Will and Sylvia and challenges Will to a Time
Fight, but Will uses the technique he learned from his late father to
Will and Sylvia realize that their previous efforts were futile, as
the rich have the power to simply increase the cost of living in the
lower time zones, maintaining the status quo of wealthy and poor.
The two succeed in stealing a million years from Weis' private
headquarters. Will tells Weis that "Nobody should be immortal if even
one person has to die.", opposing what Hamilton had told him.
return to Dayton, Leon crashes his car into Will's, but Will is able to
pass the Time Capsule to a young girl who distributes the time among the
people. Leon eventually catches up with Will and Sylvia outside the
city, holding them at gunpoint. Will deduces that Leon was himself from
the ghettos once but managed to successfully circumvent the system.
realizes that he had neglected to replenish his own time before going
after them, and dies. Will and Sylvia are left with seconds to live.
Will runs to Leon's car and takes his allotted time, before giving the
rest to Sylvia.
Will and Sylvia continue robbing banks as part of their efforts to
crash the system, while the rich attempt to cope with the sudden surge
of people who now have enough time to change zones arriving from the
lower time zones. Lower class workers, now rich with Time, cross Time
Zones, signifying the end of inequality among the people.
The last scene
shows Will and Sylvia preparing to rob an obscenely huge Time Bank and
continue disrupting the unfair system.
i like the concept of time being the commodity. however the ruthless way the price, the cost of everything keep escalating up without notice really irks me. it's a lawless state of living where cops are almost non-existent (judging from the way Will and Sylvia went on robbing spree) and no moral politicians to argue people's right to live. what kept Dayton people at Dayton I wonder.. i mean, there are no boundaries except that the fare to New Greenwich is so exorbitant.
it's a thinking movie, somewhat. and i do feel sad when Will's mom died minutes too early just because she shared her 30 mins so that her son can have some decent lunch. a metaphor that these days we neglect to be thankful for...