Monday, July 16, 2012
Movies/TV Shows That Should Be Books
I was watching In Time this weekend, and while it's not the best movie I've ever seen, I couldn't help but think "Wow, this would make a fantastic dystopia series!". So, for those who have yet to see the movie, here's how the story works. The year is 2161, and time is the new currency. You can buy a cup of coffee for 4 minutes or a convertible for 50 years. Here's the catch. Each person stops aging at the age of 25. On their 25th birthday, this little clock on their arm starts to count down.
See? Each person is also born with only one hour. That means they have to a) get some time from their parents or b) start working and earning time so they don't die.
Time can be transfered with what I can only describe as a bro armshake (wrist to wrist contact). With that said, people can easily steal your time to where you're left with nothing and die.
Sad times. The rich can live forever and the poor die young. I guess what I'm trying to say is this...
Now that you get the basic concept, imagine this: 2 people, one rich, one poor, working together to rob banks, steal time, and give it to the poor. It's your modern day Bonnie and Clyde meet Robin Hood story but with a twist. Awesome. right?
As you can already see, this society is already pretty horrific. I mean, there are gang members trying to steal your time/life.
Yes, hot gang members, but vicious nonetheless.
There are also the Time Keepers who try to keep the poor poor and the rich protected. They think of this as justice.
EEEK! HIDE! RUN! RUN FASTER!
If this was a book, there are so many ways the author could take it. You could leave it at Will's (Justin Timberlake's character) point of view. He's the poor guy who was given 100 years by a stranger and told to "Not waste my time" with it. You could even alternate the POV to Sylvia's (Amanda Seyfried), aka the rich girl who wants to break out of her confinds and finally live. You could even tell the story through one of the Time Keeper's points of view and truly see how twisted this world is.
Who wouldn't love a book like this? It's like The Hunger Games only everyone is a tribute! Needless to say, if this movie was ever turned into a book, it would be pretty epic.