Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Olivia Wilde, Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer, Aaron Perilo, Nick Lashaway, William Peltz, Ray Santiago, Zuleyka Silver, Laura Ashley Samuels, Alex Pettyfer, Brendan Miller
OUR RATING: ★★½
Sci-fi action thriller written and directed by Andrew Niccol. The story is set in a future where time is money and you stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch, you’re genetically engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich earn decades at a time, becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a poor man who rarely has more than a day’s worth of life on his time clock. When he saves Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) from time thieves, Will receives the gift of a century. However, such a large transaction attracts the attention of the authorities, and when Will is falsely accused of murder, he must go on the run, taking the daughter, Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), of an incredibly wealthy man with him.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 72)
Will Salas: [voice over] I don’t have time. I don’t have time to worry about how it happened. It is what it is. We’re genetically engineered to stop ageing at twenty five. The trouble is, we live only one more year, unless we can get more time. Time is now the currency. We earn it and spend it. The rich can live forever and the rest of us? I just want to wake up with more time on my hand than hours in the day.
[we see Will’s mom who still look like she’s in her twenties]
Will Salas: Hey, mom.
Rachel Salas: You got in late last night.
Will Salas: I put in some overtime.
Rachel Salas: Where did it go?
Will Salas: On you.
[he shows her the bottle of champagne he’s bought her]
Will Salas: Okay, drink in your Greenwich. Happy fiftieth!
[he hugs her and they dance]
Rachel Salas: Fifty? That’s right.
Will Salas: Twenty five for the twenty fifth time.
Rachel Salas: Oh, I was sure I’d have a grandchild by now.
Will Salas: Oh, here we go!
Rachel Salas: Bella’s daughter is always asking about you.
Will Salas: Who has time for a girlfriend? Besides what’s the hurry?
[referring to the time she has left on her arm]
Will Salas: What do you got?
Rachel Salas: Three days and not even. We’ll half that in rent. Eight for the electric and we’re still late on that loan.
Will Salas: I could make extra on the side, you know? I could…
Rachel Salas: Fighting? Nobody wins.
Will Salas: Yeah.
Rachel Salas: Will, I just wouldn’t know what to do if I lost you.
Will Salas: I’m late.
Rachel Salas: Let me give you thirty minutes, you can have a decent lunch.
[the hold each other’s arms as she credits him with 30 minutes in time]
Will Salas: I love you. Happy Birthday, mom. When you get back we’re going to celebrate.
[standing in line to buy coffee]
Will Salas: Four minutes for a cup of coffee?
Borel: Yesterday it was three!
Coffee Guy Server: You want coffee or you want to reminisce?
Will Salas: Two coffee’s, please.
[he puts his hand under a metal device to deposit his time for payment for the coffees]
[as Will is leaving work he puts his hand under a metal device known as Time Holder, to get paid]
Will Salas: Woh! Woh! Woh! What is this? Where’s the rest?
Timekeeper Korsqq: You haven’t met the quota.
Will Salas: My units are up from last week.
Timekeeper Korsqq: So is the quota.
[to the workers behind Will]
Timekeeper Korsqq: Next.
Will Salas: That’s a joke, right?
[the Timekeeper ignores Will]
Timekeeper Korsqq: Next!
[Will tries to warn the guy at the bar, who has over a millennium in time buying drinks for everyone at the bar]
Will Salas: You need to get out of here. Somebody’s going to clean that clock.
Henry Hamilton: Yes.
Will Salas: I mean, they are going to rob you, going to kill you. You can’t take that much time and let you live to tell about it.
Henry Hamilton: Yes.
Will Salas: I don’t think you understand. You should not be here!
[suddenly a gang known as time stealers burst in the bar and everyone leaves]
[Will watches in hiding as the time stealers leader approaches Henry]
Fortis: My name’s Fortis. And that’s, uh, is a very nice watch. Do you mind if I try it on? I think it would suit me.
[Henry just looks at him]
Fortis: I tell you what, I’ll fight you for it. Come on. I’m an old man, turned seventy five last week.
Henry Hamilton: I need a moment.
[he turns and runs into the bathroom to throw up]
[after he’s helped Henry escape from Fortis and his men]
Will Salas: What the hell are you doing here, flashing all that? Are you out of your mind?
Henry Hamilton: Henry Hamilton.
Will Salas: Will Salas.
[Henry offers Will his drink flask which Will takes a swig from]
Will Salas: Oh! God!
Henry Hamilton: Drink more, it gets better.
[Will drinks more from the flask]
Will Salas: Ooh! Not much better.
Will Salas: You’ll be safe till morning. I’ll get you out of here. You’re from New Greenwich.
Henry Hamilton: Does it show?
Will Salas: [sarcastically] Nah.
[Will looks at the time remaining on his arm]
Henry Hamilton: Looks like you could use some help yourself.
Will Salas: No, thanks.
Henry Hamilton: How old are you, in real time?
Will Salas: Twenty eight.
Henry Hamilton: I’m a hundred and five.
Will Salas: Good for you. You won’t see a hundred and six if you have too many more nights like tonight.
Henry Hamilton: You were right. But the day comes when you’ve had enough. Your mind can be spent, even if your body’s not. We want to die, we need to.
Will Salas: That’s your problem? You’ve been alive too long! You ever known anyone who’s died?
Henry Hamilton: For a few to be immortal, many must die.
Will Salas: What the hell is that supposed to mean?
Henry Hamilton: You really don’t know, do you? Everyone can’t live forever. Where would we put them? Why do you think there are time zones? Why do you think taxes and prices go up the same day in the ghetto? The cost of living keeps rising to make sure people keep dying. How else could there be men with a million years when most die. But the truth is, there’s more than enough. No one has to die before their time.
Henry Hamilton: If you had as much time as I have, on that clock, what would you do with it?
[Will looks at the clock on his arm showing how much time he has left]
Will Salas: I’d stop watching it. I can tell you one thing. If I had all that time, I’d sure as hell would waste it.
Will Salas: Get some rest.
[Henry looks at the time remaining on his arm]
Will Salas: Don’t worry, I won’t take it in the night.
Henry Hamilton: And I won’t take yours.
[they both smile at the joke]
[after Henry has transferred all his time to Will and killed himself, Will goes to see Borel]
Will Salas: Look at this.
[he shows his arm to Borel]
Borel: Where did you get that?
Will Salas: The guy at the bar. They were going to kill him. He gave it to me. He timed himself out before I stop him.
Borel: No one gives anybody a hundred years!
Will Salas: He didn’t just give me this, he gave me the truth about it.
Borel: You can’t let anyone see that. Hey, you know that time will get you killed.
Will Salas: How long have we been friends?
Borel: Ten years.
Will Salas: Here.
[he takes Borel’s arm and gives him 10 years]
Borel: Thank you.
Will Salas: You’ve been like a brother.
Borel: Where are you going?
Will Salas: Where this won’t look out of place. I finally got the time to take my mom to New Greenwich.
[Rachel goes to take the bus to head home]
Rachel Salas: Dayton.
[Rachel puts her arm under a Time Holder to pay]
Bus Driver: Two hours.
[Rachel quickly pulls her arm away before payment is taken]
Rachel Salas: It’s always been an hour.
Bus Driver: Well now it’s two. Price went up.
Rachel Salas: Since when?
Bus Driver: Since today.
Rachel Salas: My son is meeting me, he’ll pay the difference.
Bus Driver: Can’t do that, policy.
Rachel Salas: Please. It’s a two hour walk, I have an hour and half.
Bus Driver: Then you better run.
[she runs, then we see Will waiting for her at the bus stop but when he doesn’t see her he starts running towards his mother, but her time runs out and she dies in his arms]
[when the Timekeepers discover Hamilton’s body]
Timekeeper Jaeger: The last time anyone saw him alive there was over a century on that clock.
Raymond Leon: Well, around here they’ll kill you for a week.
Timekeeper Korsqq: What was he doing in this time zone?
Timekeeper Jaeger: What I was thinking was that he might have brought this on himself.
Raymond Leon: Interesting. How long have you been keeping time, Jaeger?
Timekeeper Jaeger: Five years.
Raymond Leon: Let me know what you think when you’ve been doing it for fifty. It doesn’t matter why he came her, what matters are the hundred years that came with him.
Timekeeper Jaeger: got to be a witness.
Raymond Leon: Trust me, no one saw anything.
Timekeeper Korsqq: What would you like us to do, sir?
Raymond Leon: What we always do, follow the time.
[as he’s driving Will into Greenwich]
Ross: What are you really doing here?
Will Salas: I’m going to take them for everything they’ve got. I’m going to make them pay.
[referring to Hamilton’s time]
Timekeeper Korsqq: He could have capsuled the time.
Raymond Leon: You can’t hide a hundred years in the ghetto. I can sense when a man is a month more than he should. That’s why he left town.
[as Will pays for his food at the expensive hotel he’s staying at]
Kara: You’re not from around here, are you?
[Will doesn’t reply]
Kara: You do everything a little too fast.
Will Salas: Not everything.
Timekeeper Korsqq: Sir, you were right. We turned back the clocks the day of Hamilton’s death and the time checks. Someone spent years, crossing four different time zones from Dayton…
Raymond Leon: …to New Greenwich. Camera’s picked up his suspicious behavior. He’s conscious of the surveillance, he doesn’t have a body guard and he runs.
Timekeeper Jaeger: But if he has time he doesn’t need to run.
Raymond Leon: It’s a hard habit to break.
[at the poker table in a casino]
Philippe Weis: I don’t believe we’ve had the pleasure of your company before, Mr…?
Will Salas: Salas. Will Salas.
Philippe Weis: Philippe Weis. You must come from time.
Will Salas: You could say I’m gambling my inheritance.
Philippe Weis: You don’t have a guard, Mr. Salas?
Will Salas: I assume I was amongst friends.
Philippe Weis: Bet you fifty years.
[he places his hand under a Time Holder and deposits the time]
Philippe Weis: You must be young. When you’ve been twenty five for eighty five years like I have, knowing only a random act of violence could take your life, you learn to appreciate what you have.
Will Salas: And you seem to have a lot to appreciate.
Philippe Weis: Of course, some think what we have is unfair. The time difference between zones.
Will Salas: I’ve heard that.
Philippe Weis: But isn’t this just the next logical step in our evolution? And has evolution always been unfair? It’s always been survival of the fittest. Raise you another two centuries.
[he deposits the time under a Time Holder]
Philippe Weis: This is merely Darwinian capitalism. Natural selection.
Will Salas: Absolutely. The strong survive and I think your hand is weak. I call.
[Will deposits his time under the Time Holder and his clock shows only 30 seconds remaining]
Philippe Weis: It’s you’re limit, Mr. Salas.
[they both reveal their cards and Will wins the hand and credits 2 centuries onto this time]
Philippe Weis: Thirteen figures. Well played. That was some risk.
Will Salas: It wasn’t a risk. No offense. I knew I was going to win.
[as Will checks out Weis’s companion]
Philippe Weis: Confusing times. Is she my mother, my sister, my daughter. You hope that she’s not my wife. Things used to be simpler once, so I’m told.
Will Salas: Very beautiful.
Philippe Weis: Daughter. She does look a lot like my wife.
[Weis walks over to his daughter]
Philippe Weis: Sylvia, Will Salas.
Sylvia Weis: Congratulations, Mr. Salas. You’ve taken years off my father’s life.
Philippe Weis: Which is normally what you do. Isn’t that right, my darling?
Sylvia Weis: We’re having a party tomorrow night, perhaps you’ll give him a chance to win back some of those years.
Will Salas: I’d love to.
[at Weis’s house]
Philippe Weis: Will Salas, allow me to introduce my mother in law, Clara. My wife, Michelle, and my daughter, Sylvia. I believe you two have already met.
[they all look about twenty five years old]
Will Salas: Nice to meet you all.
Philippe Weis: I’ll come find you later for our game.
Will Salas: I look forward to it.
[referring to the guard Sylvia dismissed]
Will Salas: Do you always have a hired hand standing next to you?
Sylvia Weis: No, I usually have two.
Will Salas: It doesn’t make it very easy to get to know you.
Sylvia Weis: I think that’s the idea.
Will Salas: You’re idea?
Sylvia Weis: My father’s.
Will Salas: I understand. You all have a lot to lose.
Sylvia Weis: So do you.
Sylvia Weis: What do you do, Will?
Will Salas: I haven’t quite figured that out yet.
Sylvia Weis: Yes, why bother? What’s the hurry?
Will Salas: Right. Why do today what you can do in a century?
Sylvia Weis: I know one thing we can do. Dance with me.
[as they dance]
Sylvia Weis: Do you really come from time?
Will Salas: Why would you doubt that?
Sylvia Weis: I saw you run. Reminds me of people that come from the ghetto. Sometimes I envy them.
Will Salas: You don’t know anything.
Sylvia Weis: Oh, no? The clock is good for no one. The poor die and the rich don’t live. We can all live forever so long as we don’t do anything foolish. Doesn’t that scare you? That maybe you’ll never do anything foolish or courageous or anything worth a damn?
[referring to the sea]
Will Salas: Look at that. I’ve never seen anything like it.
[Will starts to undress]
Sylvia Weis: What are you doing? We don’t go in! You’re insane.
Will Salas: You have this in your back yard, you never go in and I’m insane?
[he walks towards the sea and turns to Sylvia]
Will Salas: Well? What are you waiting for?
[he runs into the water]
Will Salas: Sylvia, come on! What happened to doing something foolish?
[as they swim in the sea, Will tries to kiss Sylvia]
Sylvia Weis: I don’t know you.
Will Salas: We could change that. I get it. Out here, all alone with a stranger. You can’t be too careful.
Sylvia Weis: Maybe you can.
[just as they are about to kiss Sylvia’s guard calls out to her]
[after Leon and his Timekeepers gatecrash Weis’s party to catch Will]
Raymond Leon: I’m Timekeeper Raymond Leon.
Will Salas: I’m Will Salas.
Raymond Leon: I know. What are you doing in this zone?
Will Salas: It’s not illegal, is it? To change time zones?
Raymond Leon: No, it’s not illegal. It’s just rare.
[referring to Will’s time]
Raymond Leon: Where did you get that?
Will Salas: I won it, gambling.
Raymond Leon: All of it?
Will Salas: No. A man named Henry Hamilton gave me over a century. He said he didn’t need it anymore. He timed himself out.
Raymond Leon: Henry Hamilton was worth thousands of years. He could practically live forever. You expect me to believe that he was immortal and he wanted to die?
Will Salas: I don’t expect you to believe it. But it’s the truth. It was a gift, I’m not a thief. But hey, if you guys are looking for some stolen time, maybe you should arrest everyone here.
Raymond Leon: Oh, I see. You’re talking about justice. I am a Timekeeper, I don’t concern myself with justice. I only concern myself with what I can measure. Seconds, minutes, hours. I keep time and that time is in the wrong hands.
[Jaeger and Korsqq take hold of Will and take his time]
Timekeeper Jaeger: That time will be held along with you. We’ll leave you two hours for booking and processing.
[as Leon is about to leave]
Will Salas: Why are you investigating his suicide? There’s mass murder in the ghetto everyday.
Raymond Leon: That is fascinating. I heard another man talk like that. It was over twenty years ago. You’re probably too young to remember your father.
[Will looks at him, shocked at the mention of his father]
Raymond Leon: We’ll arrange safe transport, this is New Greenwich after all.
[as Sylvia discovers why the Timekeepers were after Will]
Philippe Weis: Sylvia, do as I say and go with the guards.
Sylvia Weis: Oh, for God’s sake, father! There’s an army in this hours. If we can’t stop one man from killing us we should kill ourselves.
[Will then breaks free from the Timekeepers and takes Sylvia as a hostage and flees]
[as Will is driving backwards on the highway to get away from Leon]
Sylvia Weis: What are you doing? Do you even know how to drive?!
Will Salas: What’s there to know?
[as Will sees that he hasn’t got much time remaining]
Will Salas: Give me some time.
Sylvia Weis: I guess you really are from the ghetto after all.
Will Salas: What the hell do you know where I’m from? Give me some time.
Sylvia Weis: What, are you going to kill me like you killed Henry Hamilton?
Will Salas: Lend me an hour!
Sylvia Weis: I’m not giving you a second. I should have listened to my father. Please take me home. Please!
Will Salas: I can’t do that.
Sylvia Weis: Why?
Will Salas: You’re keeping me alive.
[referring to the clock on her arm]
Will Salas: Keep that covered. Anybody sees it, you’re definitely dead.
[after their car is flipped over by a gang who steal Sylvia’ time]
Will Salas: Are you okay?
Sylvia Weis: No.
[Will starts to laugh]
Sylvia Weis: Why are you laughing?
Will Salas: We’re not dead.
Sylvia Weis: Yeah, we’re not alive for long either! Where did my time go? I have a half hour.
Will Salas: You’re lucky. Minute men.
Sylvia Weis: Does everyone in the ghetto steal?
Will Salas: That’s rich, coming from you!
Sylvia Weis: Please help me, Will!
Will Salas: Let me guess. Now you like the idea of sharing.
[Will takes her hand and gives her some of his own time]
Will Salas: Hey, don’t worry. It’s not the first time I’ve been this broke.
Sylvia Weis: Well, it’s the first for me!
Sylvia Weis: What are we going to do?
Will Salas: Whatever we have to.
[they start running]
Total Quotes: 72