For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months, the country has recently seen the rise of a new protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street (seriously, if you haven’t heard of this yet you need to put down that Xbox controller right now and go outside for a few minutes). This movement takes the stance that the top %1 of the country controls well above 90% of the wealth and political influence in the country.
As someone who is concerned with all things geek, it is rare that I find myself in the world of politics (in my writing, at least). I certainly didn’t expect to find myself there when I ventured to my local theater tonight to see In Time, the new dystopian sci-fi film starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. But there I was, as this movie could just has easily have been titled Occupy Dystopian Future, or something similar. Read more
While browsing the latest news to come out from San Diego Comic Con, I stumbled across this little gem. This is the new extended trailer for In Time, a sci-fi action thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfreid, which I’m sad to say I hadn’t heard about before today. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War, The Truman Show), In Time takes place in a future where science has stopped aging, but time has become the new currency. At age 25, everyone is given a year to live, and any job they work is paid in additional minutes and hours on their lives. At the same time, goods and services are paid for with the same hours and minutes.
At first I thought this sounded like a rather ridiculous premise, but after seeing the trailer, I can see how it might be pretty compelling. They have thrown a ton of fairly big names into this cast, and Niccol’s track record is solid. While I don’t think this will be a blockbuster smashing success, I am looking forward to it.