* AcceptableTargets: The whole film is an allegory for how rich people are parasites on the masses.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The movie's overt message is anti-capitalist, but they dropped some hints that the real problem is crony capitalism and that the main character's view of the system is simplistic (ie agents of the government physically stop a rich man from paying a ransom for his daughter directly to a welfare office, because it would give too much Time to the poor). This was arguably an attempt on the part of the writer to be a RuleAbidingRebel, not driving away conservatives.
* {{Anvilicious}}: This film is not at all subtle with its messages about class warfare.
* CompleteMonster: In a world where peoples' lives are literally measured by their remaining time, [[EvilBrit Fortis]] manages to stand out, despite being only a secondary villain. A man rich with time but unlike the [[IdleRich others who always stay within their wealthy districts]], he goes out to the Ghetto with his gang the [[GangBangers Minutemen]] and robs all of its people's time for [[{{Greed}} himself]]. When one of his victims saves up enough time to buy a gun, Fortis just shoots him InTheBack [[EvilIsPetty out of spite]]. This wastes the man's remaining time, but Fortis only cares that the people he has abused so much are [[GrewASpine now standing up to him]] because of the [[JustLikeRobinHood heroes' actions]]. Fortis vows to hunt and end their influence and starts by [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques lining up random people and draining them of all their time until he gets his information]] . When he finds them, he demands hero [[TheProtagonist Will Salas]] fight him fairly; though even if Will wins, Fortis's men will still kill him proving that his claims of [[BlatantLies enjoying "fair fights"]] comes off as ultimately hollow. Should he refuse, however, Fortis will just kill him; then [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]] and kill [[LoveInterest his girlfriend]] [[SpoiledSweet Sylvia]]. While the [[CrapsackWorld system in the film is corrupt]], Fortis is not part of it. He's just a {{sadist}}ic [[TheBully bully]] who commits his atrocities [[ForTheEvulz because he can]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Raymond Leon. Being played by Creator/CillianMurphy helps.
* FetishFuel: There were undoubtedly folk who looked at the mother-wife-daughter all-look-25 and thought "sign me up!"
* FollowTheLeader: Follows the basic format of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': a future dystopia in which society is divided into twelve zones based on wealth, a young person from the poorest time zone leads a revolt against the system, and the elderly (in actual years) representative of the ruling class coldly explains why such brutality is necessary for his zone’s survival and prosperity.
* {{Narm}}:
** Music/JustinTimberlake's acting and sobbing, for some.
** The particular gait of the characters' running was not aesthetically pleasing for some.
*** FridgeBrilliance: the fact that certain characters literally don't know how to run is a plot point. It's not surprised they look stupid when forced into it - they've never had to.
* NightmareFuel[=/=]ParanoiaFuel: The fact that a person's life expectancy is used for currency.
** Think about getting arrested. In Real Life, it would mean being held for days or years. The Time Keeper told Will he would get thirty minutes for processing. Getting arrested is effectively a death sentence.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Sylvia has been watching Will from a distance for a few days. A few hours after meeting him in person, Sylvia decides to go skinny-dipping with Will, a complete stranger at that point.
* TearJerker: Will failing to save his mom.
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