|What would you do with a hundred years?|
The action is good, no doubt. Cillian Murphy was the biggest surprise, and I think I liked his character the most and his motivations. Lastly, Vincent Kartheiser I am fond of for his work in Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise and he looks a lot like his Mad Men character here, but his boyish face suits the plot of the movie.
The script: There are some things like what did the father of "Will Solace" do that got him killed, as the Timekeeper (Cillian Murphy in a remarkable performance) alludes to, and maybe it was intentional by Niccol, but this felt unexplored to me, unless his dad just did the same thing JT did. Nice symbolism with Will Salas (sp?), which I suppose plays to the theme of time and no rest for people living on borrowed time.
|Mr. Weis pays a pretty penny to be protected.|
|"Timekeepers" use Steyr AUG rifles, like the baddies in Die Hard|
There is also a lack of cohesion with how the "time is life" system works. Is it just a visual aid for the viewer? I think not, since these people can physically see the timers on their arms, but maybe it is still just a metaphor? E.g. the rich and powerful have all the time they want, the poor and meek more of a struggle? Other minor issues like the time-arm-wrestling were vague and the actual process of how people exchange time. Sometimes people seem calm and mentally processing the transfers, like when JT gives his buddy ten years of time, but sometimes seem anxious to make sure the other person doesn't take too much time during the exchange.
|The cars are pretty slick.|
|You could do a lot in one day's time.|
The more worthwhile theme that is handled better was the aspect of time and vanity, how people get cosmetic surgery, are always in a rush, like old Brooks complains about in The Shawshank Redemption, and how the rich would ironically value time and wealth so much that they miss out on what it means to "truly" live and take some time to enjoy the world.
|The storm drains of Los Angeles make for fun scenes.|
I'm interest in the blu-ray version because I rented the standard definition, so wondering if the movie looks better and if I'll be able to see the color pallet better. Overall, nothing struck me with the cinematography, but there wasn't too much "shaky cam" and some nice overhead shots if I recall and a good chase scene.
|Timekeepers are always "on the clock."|
Better than it was bad. I was thinking a 6, but even with its problems, like some other critics have written, the movie still is pretty fun and surprisingly substantial. Check it out if you're a sci-fi fan. I hear that Niccol took a lot of inspiration from other films, which might bother sci-fi fans as did Oblivion. I would say this is not nearly as good as Oblivion which I gave an 8/10 but it's still not bad.
With this review done, I'll add that I haven't seen Bladerunner yet which I hear is the pinnacle of sci-fi. But I've seen other popular sci-fi-y flicks so this film peaked my interest and it was a nice experience. I was surprised that it was not a comic book.