Now, formerly known as I’m.mortal, is a sci fi film about a dystopian future where the aging gene has been switched off, but only rich people can live forever.
If you consider a world in which aging has stopped, there would naturally be one big problem, which is overpopulation, to fix this problem, time becomes a commodity, and only the rich are able to afford to live forever. This will make quite a few poor folks angry, and they would have to fight everyday to try to continue living. The story follows a young man who comes into possession of a ton of time credits, and the police believe that he murdered a rich man to get them. The man goes on the run with a beautiful hostage, who I think is a prostitute, but I’m not entirely sure.
Oh, and his mom is Olivia Wilde.
Andrew Niccol is the writer and director for Now, which isn’t the worst thing, since he wrote Gattaca, which I enjoyed, The Truman show, The Terminal, and Lord of War. He seems like the kinda guy who could make Now the right way. He certainly has experience creating a futuristic dystopian future on screen, and Now looks kinda good. It unfortunately stars Justin Timberlake, but to be fair I just watched The Social Network and he was really good in it, so he’ll probably do a good job, I just don’t like him.
Who’s It For?
Movie Release Date
September 30, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Olivia Wilde … Rachel Salas
Cillian Murphy … Timekeeper Raymond Leon
Amanda Seyfried … Sylvia Weis
Alex Pettyfer … Fortis
Johnny Galecki … Borel
Justin Timberlake … Will Salas
Matthew Bomer … Henry Hamilton
Yaya DaCosta … Greta
Vincent Kartheiser … Philippe Weis
Toby Hemingway … Timekeeper Kors
Ethan Peck … Constantin
Gattaca, Highlander, Dracula
What’s Good About It?
The concept feels like classic sci fi, with contemporary political and social issues dealt with in a sci fi setting. Oh, and it has Olivia Wilde.
What’s Bad About It?
Our Clever Prediction
I’m having a hard time with Now. On the one hand, it looks like a cool idea, and I like the director, but the cast is very young, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but it may make the film look like a sequel to Fast and Furious. Plus, older actors can help elevate a film like Now. They add gravitas.