Tonight my sister and I saw In Time starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. It’s set in the near-future and everything revolves around time. Now, people are genetically engineered to stop aging once they hit age 25 so everyone looks young. You pay for things with time and you work to earn it. It’s currency and once you turn twenty-five you have a glowing countdown on your arm. Poor people, or those who live day to day, live in the ghetto. They have shitty factory jobs and many have to steal time from others or go to a missionary for it (like a food bank). On the other end of the spectrum are the super wealthy. These people have decades, even centuries, on their clocks. The wealth is most definitely unbalanced and that’s the point — only a few people can live forever and for that to happen most people can’t live even a normal life expectancy. When you run out of time you drop dead so in the ghetto there are dead bodies everywhere. Justin Timberlake’s character, Will, feels this is a grave injustice and so once a gift of a large sum of time is given to him he heads to the rich part of town and begins to steal time to give to the poor. He meets Sylvia, played by Amanda Seyfried, who is the daughter of one of the most wealthy men in the country. Together they fight to break down the barriers between being less than 24 hours from death and immortality.
I loved the movie. It is coming out at the perfect time, too. With the Arab Spring and Europe’s economic issues and the Occupy Wall Street movement, it shows that poor people seem to be kept poor so that there can be an larger divide between the rich and the poor. Rather than distributing the wealth and creating a middle class majority the wealthy, namely large corporations, are hoarding their money while laying off countless workers. These workers, who were a thriving middle class, are now low class.
While not everyone can be super rich, no one should be living in the gutter. Large corporations have all of the power and it shouldn’t be like that. Companies need to spread the wealth! Hire workers, pay them reasonable wages, and then those people will have buying power again. Before the recession, it was the middle class who were keeping the cogs in the economy turning. They’re the ones who buy cars and homes, eat at restaurants, shop at the mall. They keep this economy going by spending the money that they’ve earned in order to live comfortable, enjoyable lives. Now? The middle class is shrinking and more and more families are losing their homes, cars, and stability.
The middle and low class need to take back their lives. The Occupy movement is a good start but now let’s be more proactive. Protesting can only go so far. Are corporations even listening? MAKE THEM LISTEN. I don’t mean that you have to do it violently (because that definitely will not help your cause), but there has to be a better way to get their attention and make a difference.
We can all do something. What are you going to do?