Steen: Solid performances In Time but you can skip Puss In Boots

In the new world order, time has replaced money as the new currency master.

In Time

In the new world order, time has replaced money as the new currency master. Each person does not grow old past the age of 25; however, to even out the playing field just a bit, after the age of 25 each person is given only a year of time—well, every person, except the very rich of course, who seem to have all the time in the world.

Into this world of time zones and bioluminescent clocks comes Will Salas (Justin Timberlake, formerly of the boy band N’ Sync) who is born in the ghetto time zone and has to eke out a living, one day at a time—literally.

The rich, on the other hand, for whom time has no meaning, live in New Greenwich (get it?) and go about their business as though they have all the time in the world—and they do.

In the lower time zones 1-10, the ghetto to middle class live and have to rush daily to ensure they have time left on their bio-clocks. Most actually work for just one more day, while the cost of living costs more time each day.

Will Salas is just that, a day-to-day guy who, in a stroke of luck, gets 100 years given to him. And in his quest to give time to those in need, he starts to shift the balance of time.

It’s an interesting concept as we look at our own busy lives and wonder what we would do if we only had one more day.

Timberlake and his love interest (isn’t there always one?) Sylvia Weis (played by Amanda Seyfried, former child actress and a regular on All My Children and As The World Turns) change the “balance of time” which is held in check by time-keepers.They are also at the mercy of time stealers so there are car chases and lots of running as this Bonnie and Clyde of time begin the break down the system, particularly affecting Weis’ father,who still has his first million—years that is!

This is a good way to spend a couple of hours (if you have the time).

Best line: “I’ve given over 50 years of my life to this job…”said by a 30 year old, and: “It’s not illegal to change time zones, no, but it’s rare.”

Three and a half reels for this solid performance by the whole cast. It could be a few minutes shorter, but then you’d have time on your hands.



Puss In Boots

I also made it to Puss In Boots. Oh why did I do this?

Well, kids won’t understand why Humpty Dumpty, who all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put back together again, was indeed back together, with nary a scar, and that’s no yolk!

Or why Mother Goose is fairly ugly, or why Jack and Jill are truly large, ugly, evil people who cannot be trusted.

Or, in fact, why this movie was ever made in the first place.

Puss In Boots is a mish mash of every fairy tale and every character, and don’t bother with the 3D version, I doubt if it will improve this one at all.

Sure, Antonio Banderas’ voice is wonderful, but the silly lines he’s given (most directed at his new love, Kitty Soft Paws, a declawed cat fighter voiced by Selma Hayek) are not funny to child or adult.

Too bad. I love cartoons (years of psychotherapy have yet to change this) and it was shown in the largest theatre in the Okanagan. Only five of us, thankfully, were spending our Saturday night with this computer generated film folly. The rest of the town obviously have lives and way better taste—but I’m not bitter or anything.

One good line was: “Cat people are crazy.”

I can only give this one reel and that’s a stretch.


Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and movie buff.