[Review] In Time

I just finished watch In Time last night and a bit disappointed by it. The concept of the movie was the one that attract me at first. Time as a currency with a boy from working class that had a chance to change the injustice in the society system (rich can live forever while the common people live day by day). That plus an attractive cover made me decided to watch it.

First half of the movie is good. The boy got unexpected amount of time (more that 100 years) from a high class man that  was bored with life and want to die. Then several things happened because of that. How he was accused as a Time-Thief, trying to save his mother life but too late, moving to the high class time area, experiencing high class life, multiplying his Time over and over again in gambling, flirting with billionaire’s daughter, and in turn, kidnaped her to escape the Time keeper pursuit. Then they decided to become some kind of Robin Hood and robbed the bank to give the Time away to common people.

It actually keeps going quite well until almost at the end of the movie. After all of the robberies, we could actually  see how that act was hurting people more than helping them. The government just kept increasing the tax and some people were start killing more often to steal the Time. However what makes me disappointed was how after that not only our hero and heroine did not realize that fact, but they also keep robbing the bank. Even until the end of the movie. I feel the movie was not giving any real solution to the problems that In-Time’s world had. Instead the storyline created bigger problems. The acts of our hero and heroine was not repairing the system, they were destroying it. While a society needed a system to maintain its stability, no matter what kind of system it is. Destroying the system would only create great chaos and it would be easy for some people to take advantage of it.

How our heroine also able to steal from her own father without any guilty feeling or any feeling at all also confused me. It might be possible if the daughter actually hate her father, but she was not. Not to mention the fact that she seemed accept her current life condition (which was totally different from what she used to) with no trouble at all. That just too absurd for my brain to accepted.

I think it would be better if the hero was moving to the high class society and tried to change the system from inside. He already had the opportunity. He had Time to do it forever too. I think it would be more reasonable and effective. Our heroine could also do lot’s better in her own area remembering how well connected she was.

After the film end, I felt like watching an unfinished movie. I feel unsatisfied and thus I wrote this post. Hahaha.

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Live Life to the fullest – Someday’s Dreamers: Summer Skies

“Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re going to get” -Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump.But for those who take critical decisions,life can be different. How true that is. Stare life in the eyes as you experience it like a roller coaster ride. The meaning of your life is something you create day after day with your own actions and thoughts.Life is made up of choices and decision making is critical as each choice has both consquences and benefits

I just finish watching an anime titled Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora. It was about a girl named Suzuki Sora, who is a cheerful country girl from small town Bie, Hokkaido. She has magic power and made a promise to her father (he already died) to enter the magic internship in Tokyo. After being accepted she go to the big city when she has to adapt with the new kind of life. While training to het better with her magic (which already really good), she meets a mysterious boy who also practicing to become a mage. He attends same school with her and even sits next to Sora. While he can’t use magic that well and seems distant and cold at first, Sora’s fate intertwines with his and the two are thrown together, learning a lot of new things about life and each other.

*Spoiler alert

I already set my eyes on this film since 2 or 3 years ago, but haven’t really got any chance to watch it until recently. It is a good series for me. It has lots of nice songs and unique style of drawing. They combine simple drawing with photo as the background. Not to mention the story was good, even though I didn’t expect the end to be like that (Sora dies). I’m not a fan of sad ending but how should I say it, hm… it didn’t fell that sad. It’s not a real happy one, but I’m quite ok with it in the end, and didn’t feel frustrated with the story.

I learned a lot from this short series (12 episodes), especially about life. Sora is someone with high potential of early death due to a particular illness that only happens to mage. Whenever she is exposed to the loud voice and bright light, her heartbeat will go up and unlike normal person, it won’t go down to normal again. His father also died because of it at the second attack. Sora already got her first last summer and so her risk now is really high. No one knows about it until latter part of the story and even then, only several people know about it. Her boyfriend, Midowikawa Gouta, is one of them.

However the illness didn’t make her bitter with life, quite opposite in fact. Ever since the first time I watched it, Sora already made me like her. She has that sweet and cheerful personality that almost made everyone like her. She is also a great student with brilliant talent on magic. One of her weakness is she often late coming to the class because of helping some sort of people or animal, or many other things. She’s just the type that has to help others. And this side of her wins many of her client’s heart when she helps fulfilling their magic requests. Same case applied to her relationship with her mentor and friends.

I love to watch how she made full of her short life. She may not do a real big save-the-earth act with her magic (since she had no time for that), but she changes the world in her own way. She gives a good impact to the life around her and thus being remembered even after her death. She was actually scared of death and can’t stop thinking why it has to be her. She still wants to life and experience a lot of things in life, especially after she fell in love with Gouta. But Sora act tough and didn’t acknowledge that until Gouta “force” it so she feels better. What a sweet and lovely boyfriend that is!

I guess sometimes we just rarely appreciate small things that happened in our life. How our small act can give impact to others. Thinking that we still have lots of time in life, if not forever, to amend them later. This film helps me to see that we don’t have all the time in the world and therefore it’s better to make the best use of what we have now.

Beside that, Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto Natsu no Sora, also teached me many things from other characters. How Gouta doesn’t give up even when there’s no sign of him having any talent in magic at all. Sora’s mother who has lot’s confident in her own daughter. Asagi, who shows that beneath that confident and arrogance appearance she still care about her friend. Kuroda, who even though gave up in the beginning, can still come back to magic school; and many other things from Sora’s clients…