Set in a purposefully vague time in the future, the value of money no longer exists. Instead, TIME is now the currency in which all value is now measured. Quite literally, the only way to live your life, is to pay with your life; or at least portions of it. The film never really goes deeply into the science about how or why the transfer was made from fiat currency to time currency, but the systems of control that unfold are evident in what I consider to be the greatest adaptation of the caste system in modern fiction. When you are born, you have a glowing timer on your left arm, and you are gifted with one full year of time. The timer begins to countdown on the day your turn 25 years old, however, once that timer starts you cease to age another day. The way you look and feel when you are 25 is how you will look and feel for the rest of your life, so long as, you have time remaining on your clock.
I am continuously inspired by others' selfish motives, to seek that which makes me content within my own self. However, the older that I become and the more that I learn from the lessons that I am meant to learn, I am beginning to see that there are those of us that are truly meant to be alone. This is not a thing to be looked upon negatively. I find myself thinking that I am one of the lucky few. I am becoming more aware of myself, and I am relying on others for emotional, mental, and spiritual affirmation, or stability, less and less every day.
I have come across a recurring theme in cinema and music over the past few years that has really changed the way that I view authoritarian systems. The most recent viewing that drew this thought process from the back of my skull is the anime adaptation of the manga 'Attack on Titan'.
Everyday that we wake up we face ourselves, and it is in that facing that we make a choice. The choice is either to rise defiant of the mortal desire to fade away, or to allow the flesh to drag us down into the comfortable mire of self-loathing. Whichever you choose is of course up to you; but the choice will only temporarily affect you today, but will affect you eternally, tomorrow.
The conclusion of the events on Ganymede station has left the solar system in a sort of stalemate. Jules-Pierre Mao has been convicted of his attempts to weaponize and unleash the protomolecule, which consequentially allowed for a pseudo-peace to grow between the three major factions: Earth, Mars, and the Belt. Among all of the great things surrounding the human race pulling together, there has been one eerie focus, the ring.
As the new year is becoming a thing of the past. I was searching for the inspiration for my first article for this new decade. I found that inspiration through 'Can You Keep A Secret?', and the surprisingly moving performance by Alexandra Daddario (Emma Corrigan).