Release Date: 10/28/11
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, cameo by Sasha Pivovarova
Silly and pretentious sci-fi fluff that lured me in with an attractive poster of Amanda Seyfried holding a gun. Curse my weakness for such things! In a nod to "Logan's Run" (1976), humans have been genetically engineered to live only twenty-five years. Rich people can buy more time and remain young forever, while poor people simply scrape by day to day until they "time out." When a young man from the ghetto named Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) receives a hundred years of time and is accused of murder, he sets out to find the truth behind the facade of high society and deliver justice to the rich bastards that rule the world. Along the way he meets Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), the adventurous daughter of one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, and circumstances force them to work together for a common cause.
It's an overbearing and overly preachy film, and the best thing about it is its anachronistic use of sexy looking early 1970's Dodge Challengers. They are simply awesome to look at. Justin Timberlake does an acceptable job as an idealistic hero and Cillian Murphy makes an excellent adversary. Wide-eyed Amanda Seyfried suffers from a terrible haircut and unflattering makeup, but she wears a number of cute outfits and looks great carrying a gun. And hot damn, she knows how to run in heels. So few women do, and I was very impressed. She's not a particularly good actress, but she does manage a handful of choice lines with spot-on delivery. While the film and its attractive cast are pretty to look at, overall I found it to be tedious and uninteresting.