In the future, everyone stops aging at 25 – but has to work to earn extra time for the rest of their lives. When blue-collar worker Will (Timberlake) is given a hundred years by a suidical man he saves, he sets out to shake up the system
Here’s a film anthem for the 99 percent, a blistering attack on an unjust system that keeps the have-nots living moment to moment and the have-yachts living high on the pork. Andrew Niccol’s latest, about a society where everyone stops aging at 25 but you have to earn time to stay alive at all, has none of Gattaca’s subtlety, and the marriage of thinky sci-fi and Robin Hood action isn’t always a happy one, but for the most part it races along sufficiently quickly that you won’t care – which is appropriate given that it’s set among people who have to move quickly or die. The criminal antics of the second half are a less natural fit for Niccol than the quieter first half, but he handles the action well and has a credible lead in Timberlake.
Interesting ideas and howling anger at the 1 percent drive the first half, but the Bonnie and Clyde stylings of the second feel a little rushed and strangely out of sync.