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TiMER (2009)

 

For an avid movie watcher, it is very hard to be surprised by a movie anymore.  With many different trailers, interviews with stars and creators, Rotten Tomatoes and exclusive Internet clips for any studio release, a person usually knows what they are getting before sitting down to watch the film.  So when an unheard movie comes out of nowhere and shocks you with its quality, this film should be heralded. I saw such a movie last week called TiMER, and it was a breath of fresh air for the romantic comedy genre.

What if you could know the exact moment you were going to meet your soul mate, the one true love of your life?  What would you do with your life before, would you not date at all or would you date even if you knew that the relationship was doomed to fail?  Is there just one true love for everyone or are there many people out there for every person? These are some of the questions that are brought up in TiMER.

In the world of this movie, a company named TiMER has biologically figured out how to tell each person when he or she will meet their soul mate and who it will be.  Each person has a device installed in their wrist that turns on when their soul mate also gets one installed.  From this point on, the meter counts down to the day when they meet their true love.  On that day, when the two lock eyes for the first time, both devices will start beeping, letting the people know they have met their soul mate.  Oona (Emma Caulfield) is a successful dentist about to hit 30, and is still unattached. She has a timer but it has not started counting down yet, and she is starting to worry that there might not be someone out there for her.  She spends most of her time dating TiMER-less guys since they are the only ones who could be her soul mate, but to no success.

Oona’s sister, Steph, (Michelle Borth) is having TiMER issues herself, although hers is counting down, the timer will not reach D-day until she is 42.  Instead of Steph waiting for the one, she has decided to live life and be with guys but shying away from any attachments.  After another failed date, Oona decides to try her sister’s approach with the cute and young grocery store clerk Mikey (John Patrick Amedori).  She starts to really care for Mikey and at the same time Steph starts falling for a man she met through her work named Dan (Desmond Harrington).  The big problem is Mikey is four months away from finding his soul mate and Dan does not have a timer, so neither of them can be the true love for the sisters.

TiMER proves that the genre of the romantic comedy is not dying and wholly unoriginal, it is just the lazy filmmaking of most studio films that is making it seem that way.  It's a film that fits snugly in the romantic comedy genre and does not follow the formula that many of these films fall into, instead it comes up with something wholly original.  The themes throughout the film about destiny and choice are not usually seen in this genre and the end is definitely a love it or hate it type ending.   The sharp writing and directing of the first time filmmaker Jac Shaffer is a good indicator that he might have a long career in front of him.  The movie has something to say, heart and still finds time to be a funny film.  The actors in the movie all work hard to make their characters well rounded and I bet that if you ask 10 people what character they liked the most; you could easily get 5 or 6 different answers.

It is sad that this movie never found the audience or critical acclaim that it justly deserves.  Upon research, I noticed that the film was screened at film festivals last year and even won some awards, but it never was released theatrically.  I just stumbled upon it on Netflix Instant Streaming, read the synopsis and saw it was reviewed pretty well and decided to give this movie a shot. How and why no one was willing to give this movie a chance is beyond me to comprehend, but I hope it is found and loved on DVD and through the Instant Streaming.  If you are looking for something different to watch that you don’t know every little detail about, search out TiMER, you will be pleasantly surprised by the result.

TiMER (2009)

Written and directed by Jac Schaeffer.
Starring Emma Caulfield, Michelle Borth, John Patrick Amedori and Desmond Harrington.

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  1. Can’t wait to watch this!!


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