In Time

Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

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In Time is about a future in which time has become the ultimate currency, and genetic alteration has allowed people to stop aging at 25 years old. Upon reaching 25, the countdown begins, and in order to stay alive everyone must work to buy themselves more time or die within a year. The rich can buy their way out of the situation, while the rest are left to negotiate for immortality. When a struggling young man, Will Salas (Timberlake), comes in contact with a "millionaire," he is gifted more time than he can imagine. Falsely accused of murder, Will is a fugitive on the run and becomes determined to bring down the entire system by any means possible. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette The Minutes (HD 16:35), 10 deleted and extended scenes (HD 12:52), access to "In Time The Game APP," up-front previews, the theatrical trailer, BD-Live functionality, and a digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture is stylized, but at times exhibits natural imagery. Contrast is often slightly pushed, for a blown-out appearance. The color palette is generally naturally hued, with strong primaries exhibited in some segments. Fleshtones are a bit pale overall. Black levels are decent and at times deep and solid. Shadow delineation is generally good as well. Resolution is softly focused on facial features, with close-ups more sharply resolved but more detailed on object textures. This is a decent picture but lacks the dynamic punch of a reference visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is rather reserved, with an undistinguished orchestral music score that lingers throughout, with some effectual surround envelopment. Dialogue is the primary focus, and spatial integration is generally satisfactory. Atmospherics and sound effects are frontal focused, with subtle surround envelopment. The occasional gun shot sounds perfectly natural. The electric-powered dated vehicles whine and squeal effectively. Deep bass .1 LFE energy is heard in some segments, but the overall dynamics are undistinguished. Overall, this is a lackluster soundtrack experience for a science-fiction thriller that misses the mark. (Gary Reber)