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Back in 2009 in the infancy of this sit, I started compiling a top ten most promising actors and actresses.  While I was still deciding on who would make the grade, Caz from Lets Go to the Movies posted a list of top ten actors.  I duly decided to drop my actors list and write about ten young actresses.  I didn’t have a hard and fast criteria, but set an age limit of 25 and excluded anyone who was an established A list star, such as Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley who were both 24 at the time.  So what has happened since then?  The most significant thing, Scarlett Johansson aside, most of the biggest stars have broken through since the my 2009 article they include: Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley , Carey Mulligan, Rooney Mara, Dakota Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Mia Wasikowska and Emma Stone.  The most significant people I failed to mention were: Saoirse Ronan and Anna Kendrick.  So what of those I mentioned?

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Dakota Fanning: 15 at the time now 23, Dakota’s most significant performance that I have seen since my original post was as Cherie Currie in The Runaways.  Although still giving good performances the great roles don’t appear to be coming her way.  She seems to have been somewhat eclipsed by her Younger sister Elle (19 today). She does have the interesting looking Ocean’s Eight coming out next year.Dakota Fanning

Kristen Stewart: I sighted Adventurland as proof that Stewart (who turns 27 today), could act and had a career beyond Bella Swan.  I think I have been proved right.   With standout suporting roles in Still Alice, Clouds of Sils Maria and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and excellent starring roles in Personal Shopper and Equals she has not only proved to be a great actress, but also one who makes interesting choices.  I am yet to see Certain Women but have heard positive things about it. Kristen Stewart

Nikki Reed: 13 is remains and will probably remain the actresses most significant work.  Now 28 she has totally dropped off my radar, I don’t think I have seen her in anything since the Twighlight movies.   Nikki Reed

Ellen Page: After my original article Page now 30 went on to star in the hugely successful Inception directed by Christopher Nolan.  She reprised her role as Kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise playing a relatively small but very significant part in the excellent Days of Future Past. Kitty Pryde Ellen Page

Evan Rachel Wood: I first say  Wood now 29 starring alongside Nikki Reed in 13.  At the time of writing she had appeared in The Wrestler alongside Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, she appeared to be on the brink of mega stardom but never really made the jump.  She has since found her most significant part and greatest acclaim on TV in Westworld.Evan Rachel Wood

Camilla Belle: At the time of writing back in 09, Belle’s star was on the rise.  Now 30, I haven’t seen her in a single movie.  She is still working with 10 IMDB credits it the time, I just haven’t seen any of them. Camilla Belle

Olivia Thirlby:  Best known as Juno’s best friend Olivia Thirlby was a bit of a long shot for the list.  Now 30, she hasn’t found the breakthrough role she needed.  however, she has starred in one excellent film, the massively underappreciated Dredd. Olivia Thirlby

Kat Dennings: Dennings now 30 is currently best known for the TV show 2 Broke Girls and for providing comic relief in the Thor movies . Kat Dennings

Megan Fox:  Now 30, I expected Fox to try more interesting roles following Jennifer’s Body, unfortunately the Transformers star seems to be concentrated on rubbish comedies and the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Amanda Seyfried: At 24 then and 31 now, Seyfried is the oldest star on the list.  She has proved to be a first rate and diverse actor.  Most exciting of all, she is set to appear in the new series of Twin Peaks later this year. Amanda Seyfried

I also had a couple of bonus picks:

Olivia Wilde: At 25, now 33 Wilde was older than the rest on the list and still largely a TV star.  She made the breakthrough with several movie roles, the highest profile being TRON: Legacy.  She continues to work in both TV and film. olivia wilde tron

Jennifer Ulrich: I predicted the German actress now 32 would make the jump to Hollywood, she hasn’t.  She has continued to work in German TV and Movies. Jennifer Ulrichwe are the night

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Please not this is not a review and does contain plot spoilers.

Set in a slick stylised alternate reality/near future with a retro-future look where people are genetically engineered. Andrew Niccol’s In Time sounds a lot like the directors 1999 modern classic Gattaca. A line in the review in Empire “has none of Gattaca’s subtlety” got me thinking about how it will age. The reason, now regarded as a modern classic Gattaca was less revered on its release, a look back at the same magazine reveals a less than positive review with two out of five stars (one less than In Time) and a verdict including the line “Gattaca is far easier to look at than actually watch”. In Time is also well photographed and beautifully styled with a similar look albeit on a vaster (read more expensive) canvas.

For those not familiar, In Time is set in a world where thanks to the aforementioned genetic engineering everyone stops aging at 25, at this time a clock on their arm starts ticking down until they die at 26 unless they can earn more time. Replacing money, time is also a currency and the system is designed to keep the rich, rich and virtually immortal and the poor, poor and destined to die young.

Despite the fact films tend to spend years in preproduction In Time feels particularly relevant. The high concept is a perfect analogy for the mess the world economy has become, this is where the movie could date. However beyond this idea there is also a strong existential subtext that is kept surprisingly close the surface. Expressed by Amanda Seyfried’s character Sylvia Weis, given the opportunity to live indefinitely the value of life is raised to a level that prevents people from truly living. The flipside to this is the underclass who spend their lives a day from potential death and therefore forced to live each day like their last.

The catalyst that makes the story possible is Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) who travels across the “time zones” that separate the rich from the poor. Wills journey is made possible by a gift of time from a suicidal man who at over a hundred years old has lost his desire for life but more importantly it is motivated by the death of his mother who “times out” thanks to the increased cost of living. The two elements and their ultimate collision gives the movie and extra dimension that the similar themed Logan’s Run (1976) lacked.

So how will it age? I actually think quite well, with an attractive young cast giving strong performances in a film that has a good balance between lightweight Sci-Fi fun and deeper and deeper social comments the movie has more to offer than you would expect.

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