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: In a world where peoples' lives are literally measured by their remaining time, Fortis manages to stand out, despite being only a secondary villain. A man rich with time but unlike the others who always stay within their wealthy districts, he goes out to the Ghetto with his gang the Minutemen and robs all of its people's time for himself. When one of his victims saves up enough time to buy a gun, Fortis just shoots him In the Back out of spite. This wastes the man's remaining time, but Fortis only cares that the people he has abused so much are now standing up to him because of the heroes' actions. Fortis vows to hunt and end their influence and starts by lining up random people and draining them of all their time until he gets his information . When he finds them, he demands hero Will Salas fight him fairly; though even if Will wins, Fortis's men will still kill him proving that his claims of enjoying "fair fights" comes off as ultimately hollow. Should he refuse, however, Fortis will just kill him; then rape and kill his girlfriend Sylvia. While the system in the film is corrupt, Fortis is not part of it. He's just a sadistic bully who commits his atrocities because he can.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Raymond Leon. Being played by Cillian Murphy helps.
  • 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Will is in a "suit and tie."
  • 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.
    • All the time puns. They're used so often and are so obviously trying to sound clever, when in reality they're only a step above Arnie's Mr. Freeze.
  • 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.