TiMER Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 2, 2011
"What's the point in continuing without a guarantee?"

A device that tells you the exact amount of time it will be until you meet your soulmate seems to be the perfect answer for heartbreak and uncertainty, but it only causes problems for Oona, who has yet to have her timer begin to count down (because the person she is meant to be with, whoever they may be, has yet to get one). This frustration and loneliness leads her to begin a casual relationship with a young man whose timer countdown is set to end in just a few months. A fairly interesting tale unravels from this setup, that brings up questions of destiny and what's better, the person who is right for us or the person we choose.

A novel premise and thoughtful script from a modern romantic drama? AND a likable protagonist that's not the same caricature we've seen a thousand times (Emma Caulfield gets total credit for pulling that off)? I genuinely liked TiMER, for those reasons and others.

This isn't my usual kind of movie, but it's so well made that I enjoyed it. Genre fans will like it even more.
Super Reviewer
July 13, 2011
Charming. Cute. Enjoyable.
Super Reviewer
½ May 18, 2011
Genuinely sweet and irrevocably well plotted, Timer is one of those indie comedies that get you unlike its big budgeted star studded counterparts. The impressive Emma Caulfield (Buffy) takes the lead in a future where timers tell you when you will meet your soul mate. The film is made up of well placed humor, superb performances, even of the supporting actors, and a premise that not only has promise but holds water throughout. There are many twists and turns, completely unforeseeable from the trailer and descriptions of the film. It's not a sci-fi film by any means, substituting any futuristic inquiries for more of a parallel universe or fantasy world, completely believable if you have willing suspense of disbelief. There were laugh out loud moments and heartbreaking ones, technology's stance overwhelming the main character, which is relatable as a thirty-something whose biological clock ticks in synchronicity with the timer on her wrist. With an intriguing subplot and room for our own interpretation of the ending, TiMER only disappoints the crowd with their own conceptions of how this film should end. Many people wanted romantic fluff, but TiMER is beyond its parameters of what a usual indie comedy allows, and therefore is not for the feeble of heart.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2011
Very original idea for a romantic comedy. Enjoyed this. Cannot understand the reviews saying it was boring! I guess if you are bored by romantic comedies in general, then watching this is not going to do a lot for you, but if you tend to like them, this is an excellent one!
The story here is that they have invented a timer bracelet which can tell you the exact moment you meet "the one" and exactly how long you have to wait in hours and days before that happens. Oona, played nicely by Emma Caulfield, is nearly 30, and hers is yet to register any numbers at all. Either meaning there is no "the one" for her, or he is yet to have the bracelet implanted.
She becomes involved with the much younger Mikey, (John Patrick Amedori), who is a check out guy at a supermarket and also plays in an unsuccessful rock band. The two of them really look nice together, age difference be damned, could hardly blame her for falling for him. Mikey has the bracelet, but is registering a time four months down the track, meaning Oona is not his destined one. I don't want to spoil this by giving too much away, but this was a really intelligent and interesting little rom com.
I was a little disappointed by the ending, you will understand what I mean once you have seen it, but it did appear to have a happy ending of sorts and you get the impression all works out okay. Not the way I was hoping it would go, but nevertheless, not a bad outcome.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2010
Mixed feelings. I haven't decided if this was good, bad, or what... It was something that helped pass an hour and a half.
Super Reviewer
½ July 11, 2010
Pleasant if farfetched comedy at least puts a newish spin on the romantic comedy formula until the disappointing finale. Good perfomances from the whole cast.
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2010
Timer is a small, forgettable film that tries to be cute, but ends up being the definition of boredom. Some time in the future a company will bring to market a device that gets shot into your wrist that will begin counting down to the exact moment you will meet your true love. Like the new iPhone and video chat, your future sweetheart must also have said device for the timer to begin. A woman pushing thirty (Emma Caulfield) has built her life around finding her "one" with this timer that sadly hasn't started for her yet.

This is one of those films that thought it had a great gimmick, but didn't achieve anything real substantial because that great gimmick really sucks. Would humanity really stoop to getting the gratification of knowing when that person would enter their lives? I don't know. Probably. The problem with Timer is that you watch most of the film hoping that true love will overcome a piece of plastic and silicon attached to everyone's wrist, but in the end technology wins out. If there's a metaphor there about us right now I can't see it through the haze. We Shall Overcome has been replaced with Now Serving #47.

Sprinkled with bad acting, writing, and directing Timer is your typical direct to video mainstay that keeps rental stores shelves full. It's a good date movie that you'll forget about during dinner or a tumble in the back seat of the car. Seriously, I wrote the title down to write this review later and had no clue what movie this was until i went to IMDb to figure out what movie I was writing about. Don't waste a lot of money on this one because you'll be somewhere later, looking for what you spent on Timer wondering "I thought I had three ones in my pocket". This is a masterpiece in forgetability.
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2010
A slow start and a disappointing ending contributed to making this film far less enjoyable than this viewer had hoped. The basic premise requires serious effort to suspend disbelief and this viewer is not sure it was worth it. The middle section in which the two sisters, Oona (Emma Caulfield) and Steph (Michelle Borth), begin to live their lives, oblivious to the "Timer", provided the most fun. This hopeless romantic found the science took all of the mystery out of the mating ritual. Yes there are risks involved in opening oneself up to another. Remove the doubt and what is one left with? The question came up, but the film never answered it as to whether the technology works, or only provides itself with a self-fulfilling prophecy. The acting was passable. The filming was okay. It was the story that offered the biggest disappointment.
Super Reviewer
½ May 17, 2010
The TiMER device allows the wielder to see how long it will be until they meet their one true love, for a special price of $79.99, plus a $1.99 per month service charge.

In "TiMER," Oona(Emma Caulfield, of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer"), an orthodontist, has a blank device. She drags Brian(Scott Holroyd), who she has been dating for a month, to an outlet to have one installed to see if they are a match but no luck. So, she goes back to the apartment she shares with her stepsister and best friend Steph(Michelle Borth, of the unremembered "the forgotten"), 5,192 days and counting, to watch nature programs. Bored, Oona returns to the supermarket to ask out the younger Mikey(John Patrick Amedori), 129 days and counting. Regardless, everybody is excited at their teenage brother Jesse(Hayden McFarland) to have his TiMER installed. It turns out he only has three days to wait.

"TiMER" is a charming, intelligent and thought-provoking romantic comedy that uses a bit of science fiction(This is the present, not the near future. And it is a nice touch to differentiate between Oona's and the newer model.) to ironically ground its story in emotional realism as it satirizes the very notion of biological clocks.(Time pieces are visible throughout.) At the same time, the concept of one true love is explored. Personally, I would not want to know as I would much rather know when the next bus is going to show up. And the movie, with relatively modest means, explores how such a device would change everybody's lives and behavior, as perhaps spontaneity and romance would suffer. On the one hand, some might be depressed at the amount of time it takes while others might be relieved that there is somebody special out there for them. What would be interesting to see is that it might be somebody that they would not have otherwise given a second look, resulting in many more interracial relationships. However, there is always the option of being single and there is nothing wrong with this.
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2011
This was an incredibly imaginative comedic fantasy, about a woman named Oona who is nearly 30 and hasn't yet found her true love. It's the future... and almost everyone has been implanted with a timer that ticks down to the exact moment that you meet your soul mate. Oona's timer is blank because her soul mate was never implanted with one. It's a philosophical movie that explores the timeless questions of old: Are there soul mates? Is there JUST ONE person for someone? What about death and remarriage? Should you wait and wait for "the one" even if it means waiting for a long time or fool around having one night stands along the way? Can two people make it work who aren't "soul mates" but who are "in love?" Oona goes through a journey of discovering whether or not she wants to know when she'll meet her soul mate or whether it should be a mystery. Along the way she meets a man who steals her heart. He doesn't have a timer. How will she know if they're meant to be? Meanwhile, her sister's timer says she has over five thousand days left and by then she'll be 43. She's tired of waiting and gets her timer removed, leaving love up to fate and not science. Oona's brother will meet his soul mate at the ripe age of 15 in just 3 days. Oona visits her father for answers of why her parents are no longer together. This is an extremely funny, well-written, superbly acted thinking movie. I totally called the ending from the beginning of the movie but my husband was shocked. (It usually goes the other way around.) All in all, a great movie if you don't mind lots of F-bombs. (Which I did think the movie could have done without.)

This is what someone wrote about the end:
"The problem with Timer is that you watch most of the film hoping that true love will overcome a piece of plastic and silicon attached to everyone's wrist, but in the end technology wins out. If there's a metaphor there about us right now I can't see it through the haze. We Shall Overcome has been replaced with Now Serving #47."

My comment to this person was: I don't think the ending was saying that at all. I think the reason it was left open-ended (which is something I usually hate in movies) was to help the viewer make up his own mind of whether he believes love is fate or a choice. Maybe Oona can still make it work with Mikey or maybe she'll choose Dan, the man she was meant to be with. I also think it was saying that she COULD HAVE HAD Mikey if she would have trusted her own love for him and committed her life to him, but she chose to let a device chose for her, therefore ruining what could have been a beautiful relationship built on commitment rather than being with a person because that's what a piece of technology told her to do. I think it's a beautiful metaphor that can be applied perhaps in today's society and compared to matchmaking technology such as eHarmony making matches for you vs. finding someone in real life.
Super Reviewer
January 30, 2013
"TiMER" delves past its Indie shortcomings and delivers an interesting and thorough science fiction, romantic comedy about a world where wristwatches embedded in your skin provide a countdown to the moment you will meet your soul mate. A highly entertaining concept, the film is able to provide twists without ever leaping too far over the top. Emma Caulfield carries herself well, rising above what a normal Indie actress would often muster for the role, while John Patrick Amedori and Desmond Harrington both step out of their regular roles and basically steal the show.
½ January 28, 2014
Netflix shanghai'd me into watching this by calling it "Sci-Fi/Fantasy"; turns out this is pure romantic comedy, which is not a genre of choice for me. Oops.

In any case, I was pleased when I realized within a few seconds of screen time that the main character here is Emma Caulfield, who I best know as Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her Buffy character was one of my favorites, so getting some extra screen time with her here is a major perk.

Unsurprisingly, her character here isn't too far removed from that of Anya. Less demon, more wistful human.

The other performances are pretty good, too. However, the big problem with Timer comes in at the script stage.

The concept--timers that tell you when you meet your "true love"--is about as half-baked as they come. I can do a pretty good job of suspending disbelief, but the problems here become too extreme for me to do a capable job suspending disbelief.

This is compounded by the bland, very predictable plot advancement. It was easy to see where this was going--and I wasn't even trying to guess the end.
½ April 16, 2013
I thought it was a good concept for a movie, I wasn't thrilled with it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't any good. The originality was what sparked my interest and it seemed as though it would be a unique movie. A lot of parts to this movie were your typical romantic comedy, but there were moments of creativity which were the bright spots. The acting was pretty good and overall I thought this was a decent film.
½ December 12, 2012
It's funny how this movie never got better while watching it, but I didn't plan on turning it off either... It's just kind of one of those "interesting concepts, but not that well executed" kind of movies.
June 7, 2012
Oona: Do you think the TiMER actually works, or is it just a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Steph: The chicken, the egg. It's all a big clusterfuck

As I've said before, any movie I watch three times is an automatic 3 stars. I could write a paper about his movie.

The cast was really good, particularly Michelle Borth. I hope to see her in other projects.
April 16, 2012
Kinda liked the premise of this one-- after all, what sounds like a great idea that takes the pressure of finding "the one" actually takes away the capability of you living your life to the fullest.
January 15, 2012
I love finding a surprisingly good love story. I don't believe in soul mates, the bible says the two are to be one in marriage -- not remain two soul mates for eternity . . .
August 12, 2011
Not at all what I expected. Thought provoking movie about the nature of love. Charming, funny, and good performances by all.
August 8, 2011
Quite an interesting theme if you can make that first big leap to suspend disbelief of the basic premise.
July 5, 2011
This was an interesting movie. It is definitely unique with the idea of technology identifying our soul mate and then specifying when we will meet them. It is nice to see a character struggle with the need to know when she will meet her match and then give up the idea after years of searching to then have that person show up at the very last minute. This movie is a little out there but very enjoyable.
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