In the movie, the society it takes place in, when you hit 25-years-old, a biological clock kicks in and you have exactly one year to live. The time is shown on your arm. Time is the commodity in this society. Things cost time and you can make time by working. This is how folks stay alive.
But some have asked how the bloody heck do you read the arm clock in the movie?
After viewing the movie a few times on Blu-ray, (BTW, it looks awesome on Blu-ray), I figured out that the arm clocks in In Time actually read as
Through various scenes, here’s what I saw:
At one point, Olivia Wilde‘s arm clock read “000-00-2-23-54-36″ or 2 days, 23 hours, 54 minutes and 36 seconds.
And at first, I thought the first two numbers (from L to R) were years and months, but in the scene when the millionaire gives Timberlake his time, what I thought were months kept rolling over beyond 12… but never over 51. (I replayed that scene over and over, checking on that one.)
There was a scene where a baby had one year, and his arm read “0001-00-0-00-00-00.”
And the clincher was when we saw Amanda Seyfried’s arm clock turn on and we saw her one year start, her arm clock read “0000-51-6-23-59-5.”
So the arm clock in In Time reads years-weeks-days-hours-minutes-seconds.
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