Justin Timberlake is a very talented musician/actor/comedian and he has acted in a few great movies, none of which I have seen. So when I got the opportunity to see him in this film, I was excited. For those who don’t know, the movie is about Will Salas (Timberlake) and his need to put an end to the corruption of time. In the movie, everyone ceases to age at twenty-five and are then given one more year left to live. They gain more minutes by working and they lose minutes by purchasing things, like coffee, houses or cars. The second their time reaches zero, they die. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?
The premise is really intriguing and was done t0 reflect current social issues. The way the movie advances is not as great as it could have been, some scenes felt too jumpy and left me confused. Most of which happened in the beginning. On the topic of problems, some characters are introduced or killed off without the viewer caring.
The acting in this movie was so-so. I felt Cillian Murphy and Amanda Seyfried gave decent performances, same goes for Matthew Bomer. Alex Pettyfer on the other hand felt odd. I mostly blame the fact that his character wasn’t really needed. He just randomly pops in, says a few lines and then disappears. You hate him just because you feel like you have to. I felt Olivia Wilde just read off the script, she didn’t give a passionate performance and she appeared nothing near motherly.
Now for the lead, Justin Timberlake showed range…by that I mean some scenes were really good, while others were bad, really bad. The beginning, he seemed to suffer from whatever was ailing Olivia Wilde’s performance. The relationship between the two didn’t feel genuine most of the time. Though, as the movie progressed Timberlake seemed to morph more and more into the character. It was about thirty-seven minutes into the movie when I forgot that Timberlake had spent most of his career as a singer.
The movie was nothing near great and nowhere near as horrible as some people say. Fans of sci-fi, like me, will really enjoy it. Same goes for fans of JT. If you are looking for a movie that will blow you away, watch something else. I give this a 7 out of 10.