History Headscratchers / InTime

8th May '16 3:49:38 AM dieseldragons
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* Why are they robbing banks for time? Why bother taking it from anyone else either? Why not just hack one of those "time capsule/cell boxes" to give a person's clock, ''unlimited time''? It's a digital device, not organic, so they should be able to manulipate it.
7th Apr '16 12:31:53 AM eion
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** Don't think too much about it and just leave it at that. Not everything needs to be explained in most of the fictional worlds.

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** Don't think too much about it and just leave it at that. Not everything needs to be explained in most of the fictional worlds.worlds.
** Based on maps in the movie Dayton and New Greenwich are on the West Coast of the United States, the Los Angeles area to be exact. Weis is the administrator for Global Time Zone 16 (out of 24), what we would call GMT -8.
27th Aug '15 3:26:04 AM Aquillion
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** You completely missed the point of the film. The system has almost nothing to do with economics; it's purely about control. The exchange rates serve no purpose but to maintain that control by serving as a mechanism that ensures that the working class is always living on the edge and can therefore be compelled to labor by the upper classes (who control the mechanisms that produce time.) To the extent that it's an economy at all, it's a pure command economy using a fiat currency that they've incidentally decided to charge everyone a flat fee from simply to stay alive.
27th Aug '15 3:21:28 AM Aquillion
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** Additionally, it's not necessarily safe to assume that the stated reasons for the system are the actual reasons; it could simply be a way to maintain absolute power over people's lives, with population control as an excuse.
27th Jun '15 6:51:58 AM justpassingby
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* Where in the world does this movie take place, if anywhere?

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* Where in the world does this movie take place, if anywhere?anywhere?
** Don't think too much about it and just leave it at that. Not everything needs to be explained in most of the fictional worlds.
16th May '15 9:09:05 AM voland
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** Will's something of an oddity, being crazy enough to take risks that others won't. The Timekeepers don't have to all be badasses. They have both numbers and guns.

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** Will's something of an oddity, being crazy enough to take risks that others won't. The Timekeepers don't have to all be badasses. They have both numbers and guns.guns.
* Where in the world does this movie take place, if anywhere?
9th Nov '14 8:09:48 PM mythbuster
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**** You know those Minutemen? The authorities tend to look the other way as long as they don't do anything to disrupt the system too much. It would be really easy for the banks to let it be known off the record that people who don't repay their loans will be a target for the Minutemen. Have the Minutemen drain one defaulter, and the rest will fall in line. Maybe target their families if just killing the defaulters doesn't send the message.
1st Sep '14 9:15:44 PM Hemma
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** They seem to have. There are apparently very few children to be seen.
29th Apr '14 12:18:30 PM TheRoguePenguin
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**** Will is shown having less than half an hour on his clock at one point before he gets his gift, so shed likely be dead either way.

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**** Will is shown having less than half an hour on his clock at one point before he gets his gift, so shed she'd likely be dead either way.



** No one is shown fully repaying a loan, Will's mother is shown making a payment (presumably just the interest.) So the answer to "why repay at all?" is "so the bank continues to do business with you and you don't die."

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** No one is shown fully repaying a loan, Will's mother is shown making a payment (presumably just the interest.) interest). So the answer to "why repay at all?" is "so the bank continues to do business with you and you don't die."



* One thing that really bothers me is - why didn't people develop some kind of unerground currency that is NOT time? Or even resort to basic barter with their possesions. I mean, it would only make sense for there to be a sort of black market that wouldn't require you to pay with your life time. Yet the movie not only does not show any signs of it, it pretty much shows the people think only about paying with time, even in their lowlife bars. No one is shown to just sell off their stuff to others for food, preserving their time. That's as far from real life as it can get, forgetting that value isn't something strictly defined and centrally controlled, but a concept, so you can get anything as long as you have something another person wants. I don't recall pawn shops either, which are ubiquitous in poor areas. The screenwriters simply wrote the people not thinking of any other way to get goods else than paying with time, and any other way to get time that's not working or stealing. When you take that into account, all the above theories of how the system still stays afloat simply come apart at the seams. They just defy human nature.

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*** The loans are a pittance compared to the total profits of the company. They can afford the occasional lost account because they are making an almost literal killing off the high interest rates.
* One thing that really bothers me is - why didn't people develop some kind of unerground underground currency that is NOT time? Or even resort to basic barter with their possesions.possessions. I mean, it would only make sense for there to be a sort of black market that wouldn't require you to pay with your life time. Yet the movie not only does not show any signs of it, it pretty much shows the people think only about paying with time, even in their lowlife bars. No one is shown to just sell off their stuff to others for food, preserving their time. That's as far from real life as it can get, forgetting that value isn't something strictly defined and centrally controlled, but a concept, so you can get anything as long as you have something another person wants. I don't recall pawn shops either, which are ubiquitous in poor areas. The screenwriters simply wrote the people not thinking of any other way to get goods else than paying with time, and any other way to get time that's not working or stealing. When you take that into account, all the above theories of how the system still stays afloat simply come apart at the seams. They just defy human nature.



* If Timekeepers who weren't born in the ghetto are complete wusses, wouldn't they recruit all the Timekeepers from the ghetto? If you screened out potential rebels carefully enough, you'd have a force full of fearless, ruthless Timekeepers who were very grateful to the system for getting them out of the ghetto like Leon, rather than Timekeepers who stand back like they're afraid they're gonna break a nail.

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* If Timekeepers who weren't born in the ghetto are complete wusses, wouldn't they recruit all the Timekeepers from the ghetto? If you screened out potential rebels carefully enough, you'd have a force full of fearless, ruthless Timekeepers who were very grateful to the system for getting them out of the ghetto like Leon, rather than Timekeepers who stand back like they're afraid they're gonna break a nail.nail.
** Will's something of an oddity, being crazy enough to take risks that others won't. The Timekeepers don't have to all be badasses. They have both numbers and guns.
4th Apr '14 6:34:03 AM erforce
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* Why is Will able to gamble, fight, use a gun, and drive like JamesBond? I can accept him being very strong and fit from living in the ghetto, but his exceptional skills seem out of left field.

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* Why is Will able to gamble, fight, use a gun, and drive like JamesBond? Film/JamesBond? I can accept him being very strong and fit from living in the ghetto, but his exceptional skills seem out of left field.
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