YMMV / In Time

  • Acceptable Targets: The whole film is an allegory for how rich people are parasites on the masses.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: 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 Rule-Abiding Rebel, not driving away conservatives.
  • Anvilicious: This film is not at all subtle with its messages about class warfare.
  • Complete Monster: Fortis is the leader of the Minutemen. In a world where peoples' lives are measured by their remaining time, quite literally, Fortis leads his group of thugs to terrorize innocent people, and steals their time for himself, despite being rich enough to live quite comfortably on his own. When one of his victims saves up enough time to buy a gun, Fortis shoots him in the back out of nothing but spite even though it wastes the man's remaining time. When hunting for the heroes, Fortis lines up random people and drains them of their time to death until he gets useful information. When he finds them, he demands the hero Will Salas fight him fairly....though even if Will wins, Fortis's men will still kill him. Should he refuse, though, Fortis makes it clear he'll kill him anyways...and then rape and kill his girlfriend Sylvia. While the system in the film is corrupt, Fortis is not part of it. He's nothing more than a sadistic bully whose claims of enjoying "fair fights" come off as ultimately hollow.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Raymond Leon. Being played by Cillian Murphy helps.
  • Fetish Fuel: There were undoubtedly folk who looked at the mother-wife-daughter all-look-25 and thought "sign me up!"
  • Follow the Leader: Follows the basic format of The Hunger Games: 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:
    • Justin Timberlake's acting and sobbing, for some.
    • The particular gait of the characters' running was not aesthetically pleasing for some.
      • Fridge Brilliance: 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel/Paranoia Fuel: 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.
  • Strangled by the Red String: 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Will failing to save his mom.