In the film In Time, several characters mention a number of times about being immortal & how they can only die through accidents (I think). What are the limitations of that immortality? By that I mean, when the Timekeeper Raymond "Ray" Leon (Cillian Murphy) gets shot in the arm, does that injury heal at normal human speed or does it heal instantly or superhumanly fast (like Wolverine or like the Immortals from Highlander)?

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    Liked this movie, except for the Bonnie and Clyde part.
    – Almo
    Sep 22, 2014 at 14:29

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There is a scene in the film in which the love interest's father explains that "barring accident or violence" the elite are effectively immortal. This implies that there is still the need for hospitals/ doctors to treat injuries, but that ageing and disease has been eliminated. So Cillian Murphy's character will not have the bullet wound heal any faster than it would without the time-currency.

  • So,anything that can kill a "mortal" (a human without the "Time" genetic alterations/ implants, whatever it was) can still kill an "immortal" ?
    – Bubba
    Sep 22, 2014 at 12:04
  • @Bubba yeah, right.
    – nicael
    Sep 22, 2014 at 12:11
  • So, they're not true immortals, anyway similar to the novel amortals by matt forbeck ? (For one I know that in the novel, they used cloning tech to stay immortal or amortal as they called it)
    – Bubba
    Sep 22, 2014 at 12:18
  • @Bubba yep, nobody there is really immortal.
    – nicael
    Sep 22, 2014 at 12:20
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    That sounds a lot like Tolkien's elves in the Hobbit/LotR. Effectively ageless.
    – Ellesedil
    Sep 22, 2014 at 13:57

Everyone lives there until he (or she) dies because of murder or decease, etc or until his/her clock runs out of time. When someone dies with some time left, his/ her clock stops and digits on it are greyed out, he dies as a normal person dies. The time from it can't be taken (or recorded) anymore.

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    Are you sure about the last sentence? I distinctly remember the leader of the evil time-thughs say "What a waste of time" when he shots a guy with at least 3 months on his clock.
    – STT LCU
    Sep 22, 2014 at 15:04
  • @STT Actually I thought exactly about this moment, and it seemed to me that time can be taken. Whats a reason to kill him then? And "What a waste of time" probably meaner that they are wasting their time... You can be right, however.
    – nicael
    Sep 22, 2014 at 15:09
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    @nicael They killed him because he stood up to them, was a threat to their power. They showed that they were willing to kill someone with months on the clock for standing up to them.
    – Tim B
    Sep 22, 2014 at 17:35
  • @TimB thx for clarification!
    – nicael
    Sep 22, 2014 at 18:19
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    @STTLCU thx for corrections!
    – nicael
    Sep 22, 2014 at 18:20

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