Though In Time split mainstream audiences and repelled critics upon its release last fall, it echoes Logan’s Run and Blade Runner and it works as a modern-day allegory of America’s political discourse. It’s an intelligently written and directed sci-fi that should prove a delight for fans of the genre. In Time hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD today. Here’s a look into the Blu-Ray release, to answer the always pertinent question as to whether or not it’s worth it to take In Time home with you tonight.

THE PLAYERS:

Writer/Director: Andrew Nicol (Gattaca, S1mOne, Lord of War)

Actors: Amanda Seyfried (Chloe), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four)

STORYLINE:

In a future where people stop aging at 25 and the currency is time, the poor die young and the rich live forever. After being given over a century, Will Salas (Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder. He kidnaps a time baron’s daughter (Seyfried) to stay alive, the two team up to become the Bonnie and Clyde of the future, constantly stealing time from the wealthy and living as fugitives on the run.

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE:

In lieu of a traditional “making of” featurette, “The Minutes” serves as a prequel to the film, with the actors appearing in character and giving interviews about their lives outside of the narrative of the film. This genuinely takes the audience deeper into the world of the movie, and allows some great actors to further stretch themselves. A true treat for fans of the film.

While many of the “deleted/extended scenes” aren’t missed in the film, the 12-minute collection adds some great one-liners and takes the audience deeper into the narrative. It’s also interesting to see scenes where the visual effects weren’t added in post-production, and audience members get a look into what actors were looking at while filming scenes with effects unique to this world.

WHAT YOU’LL HATE:

A notable lack of any commentary or gag reel, and many key cast and crew missing from the special features. A traditional “making of” featurette would have been welcome, but is also MIA.

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