- Problem with that: It assumes that the money can be transferred remotely by the government, in which case they could have just taken all of Will's time no matter where he was. My guess is that new time is added as needed to the economy (mostly being given to the rich), but at a rate to keep the underclass down.
- This is exactly how it's done IN REAL LIFE. Central banks print money and loan it to regular banks (like Weiss), which loan it to people. Each injection causes inflation, which makes prices rise more and more. In theory, anyone could become rich through hard work and frugal living. In practice, new money makes saved money WORTH LESS. Welcome to Crapsack World.
- It is, undoubtedly, a controlled economy with a capitalistic veneer.
- Unless the level of economic transformation isn't uniform, which it undoubtedly isn't, despite each country pledging to it note . The nations with zones could easily represent a unified economic bloc, and they still need things that aren't necessarily manufactured in their own zones (from cars to concrete). Each collection of zones being its own industrial fiefdom is a lot less likely, so the less developed time economies or anyone else makes up the difference through trade. The local economies are the domain of either the government, or corporations like Weis, who control the amount of currency in large part, or entirely—either group might not care how many people die in the lowest ghetto as the economy periodically shuffles people down zones. Though whether formal government (with no uniformed police or symbols of authority) or a cabal of Weis-like corporations runs things probably doesn't matter to the man at the bottom, one is still a capitalist economy.
- The device would have to be applied in such a way that removing it would result in instant death otherwise everyone would just remove them. ("Hey, what's an arm if it means I can live forever and maybe make a new one?")
- As the below Wild Mass Guess states, perhaps the mechanism is not one that triggers death, but which prevents it, and adding time to it constantly replenishes it. So the clock is not what kill each person - it's what keeps each person alive (possibly).
- Most likely the system was voluntary when it started. When a way was discovered to stop aging, the government imposed some kind of time limit on how long you could live, and the clock was born. Original lifespans might have been much longer, so most people would flock to live 100 years without ever growing old. But at some point, people were allowed to buy, sell and trade time, and eventually it displaced all other currencies. Naturally, this meant that the wealthy would live longer. and the wealthiest people started scheming to control the economy and reduce lifespans for everyone but themselves. Lifespans were reduced slowly enough that, by the time free time was down to 1 year, everyone was already locked in.
- Not confirmed but it's a possibility. However, this is a fictional world. Fictional means anything can happen and in this film's case, aliens are not involved. They just decided to replace physical money with time as currency. Nothing more than that.
- This Crapsack World just got even crappier.
- While Leon starting out as a Minute Man makes absolutely a lot of sense, he repeatedly claims to have fifty years of experience as a Timekeeper. The timeline doesn't work out for him to have met Will's father that way.
- Nothing to do with each other. Jossed.
- Jossed. Nothing to do with South Park. Reliable sources pointed that the plot of the film is based on the novel "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman".
- Not necessarily. If made by young people, they are still alive and common sense exists. They can still die by normal means as proven by Will who killed the bad guys. While they would stop aging, that does not mean they cannot be killed physically.
- Which gives rise to some really Disturbing Implications, including about the Potential Time contained in the children.
- Plausible — he did spend a whole year on booze, and even with the standard, "buy everyone in the bar a round," that's still a lot of time. 8736 hours will buy a lot of booze.
- With a coffee worth 4 minutes (similar to $4), one year is about $500,000 of time. What — OK, I failed to realize just how much this movie fails economics.
- Maybe he was drinking the good stuff?
- Not like rocks, but at a controllable rate. They need some poor people to be low cost workers. That's not WMG, that's pretty much explicitly stated in the film.
It would seem unusual to suppose that there are not those who have an extreme moral objection, either to this sort of eternal youth or to the idea of lifespan-equals-money, and the injustice of the system which allows the rich to live longer than the poor. So, then, perhaps these people somehow opt out of the system.
Thing is, if time equals money, how do you opt out of the system without starving or being arrested for tax-dodging? And what if the system (as seems to be implied by the Time Zones?) is ingrained by law? Maybe they (the purported sect) could treat the timers as the Mark of the Beast- which according to the book of Revelation, "no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark" (Rev. 13:17, WEB)- and live right on the very edges of society?