in time

 

In Time is a futuristic style movie that came out in 2011 starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.

Imagine knowing that once you turn 25 years old there’s a clock on your arm that turns on and counts down one year of life left. That’s what everyone wakes up to sooner or later in this movie. Once you turn 25 you stop aging, but you start playing the game of time. Time is currency. The rich have all the time in the world while the poor struggle to get even a few more hours to spend with loved ones. To cut down on the chance of there being a Robin Hood what we think of as the United States is divided into multiple areas with each area being of a higher quality of time.

Will Salas (Timberlake) is one of the many struggling to make ends meet. He lives with (and helps) his mother Rachel (played by Olivia Wilde) who has another birthday coming up. On her birthday she’s going to pay bills and take the bus home to meet Will who plans on giving her more time.

One night Will goes out for a drink with a friend and there’s a man with far too much time on his arm buying drinks for a crowded bar. Timekeepers find out and come to the bar to take the “unauthorized time” away from the man in an unfriendly fashion and Will helps the stranger escape. The stranger asks Will what he’d do with the time and Will says he’d live. That he’d help people. They drink and then fall asleep. Early in the morning the stranger gives Will all but enough time that he can make it to the edge of a bridge and die, then fall in the river, leaving a note for Will not to waste his time.

Eventually Will meets Sylvia Weis (Seyfried) and eyes are opened. Whose? You’ll have to watch and find out.

Heather: This is one of my favorite action style movies. It really shows what creatures some people become when time and money are involved.

worlds end

The World’s End is not quite what the title leads you to believe. At first. Again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the two biggest actors and they make a great team once more.

To start the movie you have Gary King (Simon Pegg) sharing a memory of a night filled with drinking and merry making of a group of friends. They have finished schooling and to celebrate they take the challenge of the “Golden Mile”. 12 pubs, 12 pints of beer, 1 night. Zoom out as the tale ends and we find Gary King in something akin to Alcoholics Anonymous. Someone asks him if he’s disappointed the gang never got to finish. While Gary says no it’s obvious it weighs on him and off the story goes.

Gary starts visiting old friends and convinces them to try the Golden Mile again. One by one Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) cave and agree to have one last go.  They meet up at the train station when Gary said to meet and Gary arrives late. While waiting for Gary to show up the three men start discussing who the biggest idiot is for showing up. The last friend Gary visits, Andy Knightly (Nick Frost), shows up on the other side of the gate, calls to the others, and raises his hand.

As the night goes on the men relive their younger years and find out that Gary really hasn’t changed at all between school and his 40s. Andy does not partake in alcohol due to some instances that happened when the men were younger.

As the evening progresses the men find more and more things off about the city they called home. They are not remembered (and they’d gotten into more than enough trouble to stick into people’s minds) and the people they remember have changed far more than expected.

This movie is filled with drinking, laughter, and some crazy things and is just fun. The relationships among the characters remind me of relationships with friends I’ve had over the years and I think that most people can agree. Maybe not with drinking, but with different things that we do when we’re young.

Heather: While I’m not a fan of drinking, especially in excess, I do love the comedy and action in this movie. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one that I can watch and laugh at multiple times.

Book Jacket for: Pacific rim [videorecording DVD]

Pacific Rim is not your normal “fighting robot” type of movie. It does have some of the same elements like world cooperation and lots of action, but there is so much more to it than that.

The movie starts off with the main character, Raleigh, telling you what’s happened. Monsters called Kaiju have been coming up out of the seas and oceans and destroying everything they can. The human race invented Jaegers, the giant robots, and we started winning. It was then found that you needed two pilots per Jaeger or the pilots die because it just exhausts the body and mind.

Of course you can’t forget the military being involved with the project or the crazy scientist who is on the human side but absolutely fascinated with the Kaiju.

This movie is filled with action and quickly became one of my favorite movies. If you’re a fan of the apocalyptic style movies, action, fighting, giant robots, and similar this is a movie you need to see.

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Heather works at the Circulation desk at the Eckhart Public Library and loves getting book and movie recommendations as well as recommending them.