In Time

We had film showings in Math class during the final term. It was one great way to relieve stress from all those numbers and formulae.

Ma. Hyacinth C. Estidola March 13, 2013
BS PSY 1B Math 114

In Time

This is a very unlikely movie. It depicts “a place where time has become currency.”  People stop aging at the age of 25. Luminous green digital clocks appear on their left arms afterwards. It shows the time they have left, as well as their money. The succeeding parts are five scenes that either bother or amaze me.

Not everybody sought for eternal life. A rich man named Henry Hamilton had 116 years on his clock, but he was displeased with it. He did not want to live that long; He wanted to die already. He was just waiting for people to steal his time from him, which is why he kept going to the ghetto, flashing his left arm. But Will Salas, the main protagonist, said,

“If I have all that time, I’ll make sure it won’t be wasted.”

Those words made up the kind-hearted, rich man’s mind. After making Will drink too much, he transferred all of his time to him, leaving 5 minutes to himself to prepare for his death. I feel sorry, and happy as well, for Henry’s character. The former is because he had the kind of life that everyone yearns for, but it wasn’t the kind that he wanted. The latter since despite of his troubled mind, he still thought of entrusting his time to a person whom he believed would spend it worthily.

I truly can’t understand what kind of mind Borel had. He was Will’s best friend. Upon receiving a century from Henry, Will went to his house to give him 10 years, which represents a decade of their friendship. When he returned to ask for some, he saw his wife, who was a very happy woman the last time he saw her, now agonized for the loss of Borel. She told him he drank himself to death. What could have been his reason for doing that? He wasn’t a drunkard; He had a good personality. How could he waste the decade of life that he already has? How could he leave his wife and newborn? It really troubles me.

Mr. Will Salas Sr. was an arm fighter when he was still living. He had a trick for winning time contests: Let the other win at first.. They get overconfident and distracted just as the last few seconds run down.. Then flip the arm and the flow reverses. I liked how he managed to do what his father does before. He timed out Fortis, the leader of the gang who steals time from anyone in the ghetto, using the trick he learnt from his father, and killed the rest of the Minutemen. The trick applies to reality as well.

The moment I realized the relation of the two following scenes and the actuality it suggests, I became sad ans furious. First was the 50th birthday of Will’s mother. She had 1 hour and 30 minutes left by the time she left the office. When she rode the bus, she knew that the fare had already increased to 2 hours. She pleaded, but the bus driver did not let her in and the passengers were unconcerned. She ran as fast as she could. Will also did as soon as the bus arrived without her. They were just inches apart when his mother timed out and died. The other was when the Timekeeper was chasing Will and Sylvia Weis, his love interest. They rode a bus. The driver instantly recognized them since their faces were posted there as Wanted, but Will bribed him with a huge amount of time so he allowed them to get in. Does everybody understand what these scenes are trying to tell us? The world is already blinded by the power of money. People had instilled in their minds that we have this certain hierarchy, though we don’t. The poor are deprived of their rights; The rich enjoys everything life has to offer. His mother was just a simple being who did not have enough, plus the fact that she isn’t a suspect for any crime. Sylvia and Will were obviously felonious, but they were permitted because they had more than enough.

The partners-in-crime’s actions were similar to Robinhood’s. They robbed Weis bank and ordered every person around to get as many time cassettes as they could. They opened the large vault of Phillipe Weis, Sylvia’s father who happened to be the richest man in the world, containing a single cassette with 1 million years in it, and gave it to the time lender. Before leaving Mr. Weis, Will told him that

“No one should be immortal if even one person has to die.”

That is the best quote I heard that pertains to equality.