In Time

(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

In this sci-fi thriller, time is the new currency, spent and borrowed like money. Each person’s forearm is digitally stamped with a countdown clock. Just before committing suicide, a stranger gifts Will (Justin Timberlake) 100 years. A lawman (Cillian Murphy) suspects Will of murder. On the run, Will takes a rich man’s daughter (Amanda Seyfried) hostage and the duo goes Robin Hooding. Writer-director Andrew Niccol has a good premise, but his technique is lacking.

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