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The interplay with Oona's younger half-brother and his "soulmate" is downright reminiscent of an arranged marriage. It also makes a commentary that cuts both ways across science and religion: because a "scientific" timer tells you when you meet your "one true soulmate," do we accept this? Can a countdown REALLY tell you this? The question cuts back the other way where you watch as people share this almost devotional faith to the TiMER units themselves; "How can you find love without a TiMER?" Why would you have faith in such an object?
Further, it allows us to ask questions about certain kinds of products and their consequences on society; if you watch how the people in the world of the movie act, talk, and react with all things "TiMER," it gives you insight into how far-reaching an simple idea can possibly blossom.
Not quite as comedic as I was expecting, but this movie is worth its weight in the story itself (philosophy aside.) It's a versatile movie, can be taken either deeply or routinely, and has excellent performances throughout.
I'll admit I have an affinity for 'What If?' movies like this. Ones that tell stories which start off with a slightly unrealistic premise in order to make us explore a concept that deserves to be pulled from the back of our collective subconscious so we can examine it's full implications. Other examples that spring to mind are Sliding Doors, The Truman Show, Twilight of the Golds, and (I would add) Groundhogs Day.
So give your 'willing suspension of disbelief' a little more chain to run around the yard and discover what this great romantic movie has to say.
What a great cast!
I cannot speak much of the cinematography or music of the film as I was too wrapped up in the story to notice!
My only complaint was that I felt the buildup to and the ending to be predictable. But, I still enjoyed it to the end. It's nice to see solid films like this emerge in the terribly boring Remake Mania overtaking American cinema these days.
I won't go into the plot as you can read that in the product description. This movie has relatable characters that you like (what a concept hollywood) and their actions are not out of character either. So often we are left with comedies that step so far out of the relm of reality that they become farces. Timer, although has a bit of a sci-fi bent to the plot, stays grounded.
I like that it has something to say too. What would you do if you could have your fate told to you? If you didn't really have to look for love? It's an interesting idea. I think it explores that idea well without it overpowering the characters too. Having some people refuse to get a Timer, or having a sister with a date set decades from the present and how emotionally she handles that. All these themes are thought provoking, something I rarely get from Romantic comedies and it's refreshing. The actors and actresses are all very good in the film too!
I highly recommend this movie. It definately highlights that the good romantic comedies are still made, but maybe just hidden.
The premise is simple -- what if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate? But it isn't science fiction-y, and even though you feel for what the main character is going through (her timer is one of a handful that doesn't work correctly, and she keeps ending up with the wrong guys again and again), it isn't a "chick flick" either. It's sensitive, slightly dark at times (her sister works in a retirement community -- there are some great one-liners), but overall, a wonderful movie.
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It's a SF film but not a Gigantic one. The story is very small. But exciting enough.
I say it's an indie film.
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A really unexpected movie that is sweet, funny, and even a little sad. It really makes you think and is hard not to love.Published 11 months ago by AMac
From reading the synopsis, I assumed it was a 'quirky' story, which I enjoy.
With ((((Emma Caulfied)))) I knew I couldn't go wrong.
I enjoyed it alot.
I hated the unmotivated, downbeat, "existentialist" ending of this movie. The flippant negativity of several of the characters also serves no ultimate purpose. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Arbiter
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