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This is the premise of In Time, the latest film from Andrew Niccol, director of Gattaca and Simone and writer of The Truman Show. Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, In Time is set on an alternate Earth in which science has unlocked the key to immortality. Humans stop aging at the age of 25, at which point they have only one year to live. From that moment on they have to buy time, literally, in order to go on living.
“It’s about what happens when you desire to live forever,” Andrew Niccol said at San Diego Comic-Con. “The movie, for me, is like the child of GATTACA, but the genetic engineering has just gotten better. First of all, it’s an action thriller. I think a lot of people will just accept it on that level. They’ll go for the car chases and they’ll go to see Amanda Seyfried waving a gun in people’s faces, which she does brilliantly!”
GATTACA was one of the first movies in which we beheld Jude Law in all his glory. Jude, Jude, Jude, you should’ve lain off the yaya.
“But some people will go for the ideas,” Niccol continued, “because obviously it does say something about our desire to stay young forever. While we can’t turn off the aging gene, we do go to a lot of extremes to stay young.”
On the look of the film: “The world you’ll see is very familiar. Everyone is engineered to have a body clock and the idea is that this invention is the death of all other invention. The clock is good for no-one, we like to say in the movie. The poor die and the rich don’t live. But it’s interesting because the poor have no time to create anything new – there are no new cars, no new technology – and the rich have no incentive – why invent a new car when you could do it 100 years from now?”
Is immortality everything it’s cranked up to be? “There’s an interesting character in the movie that, even though he’s got thousands of years on his clock and his chronological age is about 105, wants to die. There may be a possibility that, even if we could switch off the aging gene and live forever, our psychology may not be able to keep up with our biology. So, as his character says, “Your mind can be spent even when your body’s not.” He’s actually immortal and wants to die. It’s an interesting thing. I think we need to go through the whole aging process.”
In Time opens in local theatres on 28 October. Would you like an In Time iPhone 4 case and card holder? In Comments, post your real age, followed by the age you think you appear to be (Try honesty). We pick 3 winners, to be announced on Sunday.