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In Time March 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness, People.
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We watched a timeful tale last night set in a futuristic society where TIME, not MONEY, is used as currency.

Want a cup of coffee? . . . that will cost you 4 minutes of your life. 

Fare for the bus? . . . one hour. 

Dinner at a nice restaurant? . . . 2 1/2 weeks. 

That uber-expensive car? . . . 59 years. 

In the movie, In Time, “poor people” run out of time and keel over in the street while the wealthy, who hoard time in vaults, live forever. 

On the plus side, no one ages physically past 25.   That sounds great to these aging bones.

The movie begins with a wealthy centenarian, who has an entire century left on his clock, realizing that eternal life has its drawbacks.  He decides he’s had enough and gives away all but his last 5 minutes to Will Salas, a resident of Zone 12, the ghetto:

In a near future where aging stops at 25, time is the new currency and the wealthy can live forever. When Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) inherits decades of life from a wealthy murdered man, he’s pegged as the suspect by the corrupt Time Keepers, who enforce the law.

The wealthy man’s rationale for committing suicide (by giving all but 5 minutes of his time away) makes sense to me ~ while it’s great to see people enjoying life in their 80′s and 90′s (e.g., George Burns, Ernest Borgnine, my great aunt Edie), I’m not sure that I’d be able to sustain my “enthusiasm for living” for all eternity.

Of course, having a 25-year-old body and copious amounts of chocolate would certainly help.  😉

What say you?