Retreat vs In Time (Part 2)

The first plan was to write about Retreat this month and write about In Time next month, the arrangement is to prevent too many Cillian Murphy posts in one month…however, things changed after I saw In Time few hours ago. I just couldn’t delay the fact that both Retreat and In time totally lived up to my expectation, one in a good way while the other in a bad way.

This is going to be my longest post ever, this post has 3 pages:

Page 1: Review of Retreat
Page 2: Review of In Time (Don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled, it’s more like a rant rather than review)
Page 3: Retreat Vs In Time Part 2
On September: Retreat Vs In Time Part 1 (before I see the movies)

In Time

In Time is a movie with so many flaws that if not for 1 man, I would have walked out of the cinema. (Although in truth, I won’t even spend my money to watch it if Cillian isn’t in it)

If you read the previous page, you can see that I love Retreat and I have expected it to be good since the beginning. I have mentioned before in my In Time vs Retreat  (part 1):

As you can see, Retreat wins by unanimous decision. In Time only has a chance to win in Cillian Murphy round which mean if there is no Cillian Murphy, In Time will be a movie I watch in TV and there is nothing else to watch.

First of allI hate the theme. I often walked out of story where it emphasized more in the huge discrepancy between the poor and the rich. Yes, it is true that In Time (and all stories about rich and poor) is trying to say that there shouldn’t be any gap between the poor and the rich…cliché!!

Second, I can figure out how the story goes just by reading the synopsis and the trailer makes it worst. I practically see the whole movie through the trailer…why bother go to the cinema, right? I never watched any movie that I can see right through it just by looking at the trailer. Take example of AVATAR, if it wasn’t because of the stunning visual effect, I wouldn’t even step into the cinema to see it and I don’t play to rewatch it ever.

Third, the leading roles are my least favorite actors in the whole wide world.

I sort of hate Cillian for playing in the movie I normally don’t watch!! But I do understand why he wanted to play Raymond Leon. Raymond is a challenging character, he has to keep his face straight with no emotion all the time…a challenge he hadn’t taken yet.

Caution!!! SPOILER!!!

In the future, human were genetically coded to stop aging at the age of 25, to keep on living pass 25 they have to work hard to gain minute by minute as everything is paid with time. Time is the currency. The year was supposed to be in 2161. The first question when I watched this was ‘Why in the world they want to be genetically coded?

Let me summarize the story.  Will Salas lived in the ghetto and found a fortune through a rich man who was tired of living over a century. Will got the rich man time and he was chased from stealing by the Time Keeper (kinda like a cop) and a mafia gang or something who hated Will for saving the rich man. After losing his mother (which happens to be the only best part of the movie -apart from Cillian), Will went to the rich area. When he was about to be captured by The Time Keeper, he ran away kidnapping the daughter of one of the richest men in New Greenwich. And surprise…surprise!! The daughter fell in love with Will and decided to help Will and the people in the Ghetto against time corruption *roll eyes* ….so damn predictable!!!

Maybe you should check this better review in Talking Movies, I only quote Cillian’s part 😉

Cillian Murphy is superb as Leon. He can’t be bribed, and to Salas’ amazement jumps, runs, shoots, and lets his time run low just like the ghetto inhabitant he used to be, making him formidably implacable. Leon is a great villain as he understands the system is unjust but swore to uphold it

Let’s talk about the best part of the movie. The best scene, that didn’t involve Cillian in it, was the one where will trying to catch his mother before she was timed-out. That was the only emotional scene in the movie. And frankly, Olivia Wilde played much better than the leading lady.

The other best part of the movie is, of course Cillian Murphy. He played Raymond Leon who happened to be a man with no emotion. He had to keep his face straight all the time. He never showed anger, passion or any other face expression. Plus…he looked so hot in that long leather jacket!!!!

Now…here comes the worst!!

And here come why I think In Time equals In Lame!!!

  • Will could so easy defeated the cop and took hostage of Sylvia…lame#1
  • When Raymond about to capture Will, why in the hell he only pointed his gun without shooting and left himself open to be shot by Sylvia….Lame # 2. Everything connected to Time Keeper is SOOO LAME!!! It is as if the Time Keepers were stupid cops.
  • So many guards protecting Sylvia’s father and yet it was so easy for both Sylvia and Will to took him away from the guard. Lame #3
  • Ow…did Raymond mention about Will’s father?? But what happened to him??? No explanation babe!! Lame #4
  • In the end….ow my, Raymond ignored to charge his time…and let’s see, I think he is going to die because of that….damn I was right!!
  • I would love to continue this lameness but I have forgotten most of the story already…sorry to disappoint you.

I honestly hope that after I see the movie, it could change my prejudice against In Time (it happened before)…but I was wrong.

I actually enjoy dystopia, but it has to be one with clear sense.1984, The Stand, Battle Royale, and The Road are all possible to happen…but this? Even in the most insane mind would not go for this silly idea. Human decided when a human should die….and rich people can be immortal…yeah right!!!

All I did throughout 115minutes was getting bored most of the time and only felt excited when Cillian Murphy showed up.

I don't mind being chased by him 😉
or shot by him 😉

Movie Detail:

Director:  Andrew Niccol
Producers: Marc Abraham, Amy Israel, Kristel Laiblin, Eric Newman, Gary Sinyor and Sir David Frost
Screenplay : Andrew Niccol
Starring:  Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde
Released: October 28, 2011
Other Review: ScarletSp1der

If you still  have time, do check Page 3: Retreat Vs In Time Part 2 🙂


    1. Glad to know you like both movies Dezz 🙂 I am quite surprised you have seen both…even my friend who also loves Cillian hasn’t seen them.You really are movie lover.

      Sorry I still couldn’t enjoy In Time, I have tried but… But somehow,I am glad that Rotten Tomatoes agreed with me because I often stand in opposite direction.I love The Boat that Rocked so much and Rotten Tomatoes gave it bad rank, I don’t like Avatar that much and Rotten gave good rating…for once, RT and me finally in the same page about In Time 😉

        1. well…my policy is simple: “judge the movie by yourself” … I only look at RT when I have already watched the movie, not before. It’s fun when RT is on the same page but I don’t give a sh*t when RT said the other way around 😉

    1. Have you seen In Time? you shouldn’t trust review so much till you see it for yourself.

      Please let me know once you got a chance to see retreat 🙂

  1. Oops – I meant Retreat. I can really not watch Justin Timberlake. If at least I was intersted in the topic, OK maybe, like the Facebook movie, I did like it anyway but this one… nah.

    1. I know you meant Retreat 😉 In Time has no surprise at all…all according to how expected it to be. Retreat is a real treat even with that lack of strength in the characters.

      I still haven’t seen that facebook movie, maybe one day. Don’t let my judgement be the one that clouded your decision to watch In Time. I will download this movie once it’s been uploaded so that I can cut the part with only Cillian in it…hehe he is so handsome there.

  2. Y’know, I’m with you about In Time in terms of the lead cast. But the theme of the story still intrigues me, so I might rent that one. Retreat on the other hand, isn’t really my cup of tea. I’ll check it out eventually since you gave it such high marks, Nov.

    1. Well…if you like unpredictable psy-thriller…then Retreat is for you. But, since you don’t like such genre…I don’t know whether you gonna like it or not.

      It goes the same with my reluctance toward In Time’s predictable theme 😉

    1. You know,when I watched it…there were less than 10 people in the cinema.I guessed that’s why not all 21 is playing the movie.
      Well…I still sort of hating Cillian for playing in In Time…but yeah it was worth to see him in that cool outfit 😉

  3. I wrote my review of this today after waiting a week. I agree that it is only worth the time on cable television and little more. I expected so much more.

    1. Hi Max 🙂
      you are refering to In Time, right? Will check your review soon.
      The problem with this movie is the issue that is TOO common and the plot is really weak.
      As a friend told me, at least I got what I expected to see 😉 other than that, nothing.

  4. I have to say i like RETREAT : the story, the actors performances and most of all the ending because it was unpredictable. IN TIME was so boring that i almost fell asleep .The only thing that kept me awake was MR MURPHY. (he is the only plus of this movie)

    1. Hear hear!!! I am so happy to meet someone like you that have the same opinion as me regarding The Gorgeous Mr.Murphy 🙂

      In Time is incredibly boring!! I won’t even watch it if Cillian is not there. I have downloaded the movie and will soon cut it to only Cillian 😉

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