КіноКава: In Time

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In Time is a dystopian sci-fi thriller directed by Andrew Niccol. The film stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried and takes place in a society where people stop aging at 25 and each have a clock on their arms that counts down how long they have to live.

1. Warm-up questions.
  1. What is the role of time in people's life?
  2. Does time influence us or we influence time? In what way?
  3. Which of the statements above ("Time is Money", "Time is Power") do you agree with? Why?
  4. Do you ever waste your time? In what way?
  5. Why can't people live forever? What are the things that influence the lifespan?
  6. If you had the chance, would you like to live forever? Why?
2. Questions on the trailer.
  1. When and where do the actions take place?
  2. Do the people age? Why not?
  3. How do people pay for services (coffee, electricity etc.)? Do they have money?
  4. What is the difference between the life of the rich and the poor?
  5. Who is Will Salas? What is his task in the film? Does he succeed?

Episode 1

1. Watch the episodes (00:00:58-00:05:52, 00:10:56-00:16:40) and match the words with their definitions.

 1. to reminisce  a. an amount of money that you borrow from a bank etc
 2. a loan  b. an amount of sth that someone is expected to do or achieve
 3. to flash sth  c. the place where clothing is produced
 4. a garment district  d. to talk or think about pleasant events in your past
 5. a quota  e. to show something to someone for only a short time
 6. a currency  f. living or continuing for ever
 7. decent  g. the system or type of money that a country uses
 8. immortal  h. of a good enough standard or quality

Episode 2

1. Watch the episodes (00:25:00-00:27:00, 00:40:55-00:45:04) and fill in the gaps with the correct words. Define who said these phrases.

 1. Give me .......  to display
 2. To whatever you are riding ....... it.  gambling
 3. I'm sorry to have ....... the party, Mr Weis.  justice
 4. I won it .......  ghetto
 5. I don't concern myself with .......  held
 6. That time will be ....... Along with you.  a suite
 7. There's a mass murder in the ....... every day.  to break up

2. Questions on the episodes I and II.
  1. Is such variant of future possible? Why/why not?
  2. What are the rules of life in this world?
  3. What do you think of the 100-year-old man? Why is he bored with his life?
  4. How can you characterize his deed? Is it a good or a bad luck for Will?
  5. Why does Will leave his home?
  6. Why does Sylvia notice Will? How is he different from the other men in New Greenwich?

Episode 3

1. Watch the episode (01:28:38-01:37:15) and fill in the gaps with the correct words.

– I know how much ............... (1) it could do. Try to understand, even if you gave a year to a million people, you're just prolonging their ............... (2)
– You're prolonging their lives.
– Flooding the wrong Zone with a million years — it could ............... (3) the system.
– We are not meant to live like this. We are not meant to live forever. Although I do wonder, father, if you've ever lived a day in your life.
– Is that so? You might ............... (4) the balance for a generation. Two. But don't ............... (5) yourself, in the end, nothing will change. Because everyone wants to live ............... (6). They all think they have a chance at ............... (7) even though all the ............... (8) is against it. They all think they will be the ............... (9). But the truth is, for a few to be ............... (10), many must die.
– No one should be immortal if even one person has to die.

2. Questions on the episode III.
  1. What do you think about not ageing when you turn 25?
  2. How different would life be if time were our currency?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this system?
  4. What would you do if you had very little/too much time left for you?
  5. What is the message of the film? Would you like to watch the whole film?