Did The Adjustment Bureau not have enough dressed-up-man-running-with-distressed-beautiful-woman-in-his-hand moments for you? You're in luck: It turns out Andrew Niccol's In Time is basically just that, too! Here's a first look at the film--formerly given the intolerable title I'm.mortal--which stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried as a duo on the run in a future wherein science stops people from aging at 25 but makes them pay cash to continue to not die, making life itself a luxury item and a heavy-handed metaphor about the for-profit healthcare system.
Below the cut, another shot from the film for you to look at as you ponder, "How is it the Justin Timberlake dressed-up-man-running-with-distressed-beautiful-woman-in-his-hand sci-fi film is the one with less fedoras?"
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Andrew Niccol's incredibly stupidly-titled I'm.mortal will soon have the Scarecrow in its cast, everyone. THR says Cillian Murphy has joined Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake in the Logan's Run-like sci-fi commentary/Alpha Dog reunion:
The story is set in the not-too-distant future, when the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, and the rest try to negotiate for their immortality.
When a poor man named Will (Timberlake, who still is negotiating his deal) is suddenly given a fortune, he becomes the target of a murder investigation and kidnaps an heiress (Seyfried) while on the run.
Murphy will play an officer from an organization known as Timekeepers and described as "precise as the time he keeps."
I could be wrong, but this is probably the first time a film's antagonist has been given the exact same characterization you'd use to dramatically describe the guy who runs the official NBA shot clock.
Writer/director Andrew Niccol, who previously showed off his deftness with title wordplay with S1m0ne (binary + ladyname!) and Gattaca (DNA nitrogenous base initials!), has announced his latest not-so-subtle film title: I'm.mortal. GET IT? Variety is reporting Amanda Seyfried will take the female lead in this sci-fi-action-romance, and describes the healthcare critique Logan's Run story thusly:
In "I'm.mortal," time has become the currency. Once you turn 25 and your aging gene turns off, you must buy and bank time. If you are rich enough, you can live forever. But if you run out of time, you are engineered to die automatically.
When a rebel from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful, rich hostage (Seyfried). Together, this duo rages against the system, living minute to minute. They discover that love is more powerful than all the time in the world.
Ooh, I know who would be good to play the rich guy who can afford to extend his life beyond everyone else who can't afford it. Magic Johnson.