In Time

Synopsis: Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. 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 (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Production: 20th Century Fox
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

I don't have time.

I don't have time to

worry about haw it happened.

It is what it is.

We're genetically engineered

to stop aging at 25.

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.

Hey, Mom.

You got in late last night.

I put in some overtime.

Where'd it go?

On you.

They drink it in New Greenwich.

Happy 50th!


That's right.

Twenty-five for the 25th time.

Oh, I was sure I'd have a grandchild by now.

Here we go.

Bela's daughter is always asking about you.

Who has time for a girlfriend?

Besides, what's the hurry?

What do you got?

Three days. Not even.

We owe half that in rent.

Eight for the electric and

we're still late on that loan.

I can make extra on the side, you know.

- I could...

- What, start fighting?

Nobody wins.


Remember, I'm not here tonight.

I got two days' work in

the garment district.

- I know.

- Meet me at the bus stop tomorrow.

- After I pay off the loan,

I won't have long. - I'll be there.


I just wouldn't know what

to do if I lost you.

I'm late.

Let me give you 30 minutes

so you can have a decent lunch.

I love you.

Happy birthday, Mom.

When you get back,

we're going to celebrate.



You got a minute?

What are you talking about, Mya?

You have a whole year.

Not a year I can use yet.

Come on, Will. I've got bills to pay.

Here, take five minutes.

Get out of here.

Four minutes for a cup of coffee?

Yesterday, it was three.

You want coffee or you want to reminisce?

Two coffees.

- How many shifts you got today, Borel?

- Just the two.

Really excited about it.

If you had any of your father in you,

we could make a fortune.

I don't fight.

There's another one. Broad daylight.

Whoa, what is this? Where's the rest?

Never met the quota.

My units are up from last week.

So's the quota. Next.

That's a joke, right?

- Next.

- Move it. You're taking forever.

You in, Will?

I don't have time to gamble any more.

Oh, thank God.

Because ever since you stopped playing,

I started winning.

You still owe me an hour.

You seen Borel?

- Will!

- Hey, man.

Your wife's looking for you.

You're not gonna believe it.

This madman's been buying drinks all night.

He's got a century!

Come on, let me get you home.

Soon as I finish this drink.

Hey! You!


More everything!

Do you want to come home with me?

You can take us both home.

Excuse me.

You need to get out of here.

Somebody's gonna clean that clock.


I mean, they aren't going to rob you.

They are going to kill you.

They can't take that much time

and let you live to tell about it.


I don't think you understand.

You should not be here!

Will. Will!


Minutemen! Walk away, Will.

Those gangsters aren't playing around.

Wait, wait.

He's asking for it. Let's go.

He's not one of us.

You think he'd help us?

Don't worry. I won't do anything stupid.


The name's Fortis.

And that, sir, is a very nice watch.

Do you mind if I try it on?

I think it would suit me.

I'll tell you what.

I'll fight you for it.

Come on.

I'm an old man. Turned 75 last week.

I need a moment.

You ready to go?

Ready to go.

Let's get you out of here.

Get him!

Stop. What are you doing?

I can take care of myself.

Yeah, it looked like it.

I know what I'm doing.

Run. Run!

Come on!




Where the hell are you going? Get in here!

I know who took him.

I know who he is.

Who he was.

Damn it, damn it.

What the hell are you doing here?

Flashing all that?

You out of your mind?

Henry Hamilton.

Will Salas.



Drink more, it gets better.

Not much better.

You'll be safe till morning.

I'll get you out of here.

You're from New Greenwich.

Does it show?


Looks like you could use some help yourself.

No, thanks.

How old are you?

In real time?


I'm 105.

Good for you.

You won't see 106, you have too many

more nights like tonight.

You are 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.

That's your problem?

You've been alive too long?

You ever known anyone who's died?

For a few to be immortal, many must die.

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

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

while most live day to day?

But the truth is

there's more than enough.

No one has to die before their time.

If you had as much time

as I have on that clock,

what would you do with it?

I'd stop watching it.

I can tell you one thing.

If I had all that time,

I sure as hell wouldn't waste it.

Get some rest.

Don't worry. I won't take it in the night.

And I won't take yours.

It does get better.

- Oh, hey, Will.

- Hey, Greta.

Is Borel in?

Yeah. Borel?

Look at that.

A shame we gotta wait 25 years.

We could use that year right now.


I'm here.

You'd better get her inside, Greta.

Look at this.

Where did you get that?

The guy at the bar.

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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, and Good Kill. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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