When my friends have a birthday, I like to joke that whatever age they are turning is the age where they start to die. In the world of In Time, writer/director Andrew Niccol’s new science fiction film, that literally happens at age twenty-five. Niccol imagines a world where minutes and seconds are the only currency, and the disadvantaged live hour-to-hour whereas the rich have centuries. The premise is a perfect allegory for present-day income inequality, and the sexy cast helps sell Niccol’s powerful conclusions. By favoring action over drama, Niccol cannot match his earlier films, yet its political relevance may help extend In Time‘s influence.