Recently I was recommended a movie called TiMER in light of the book I am working on with a peer. The premise is that in some alternative universe of now, people are able to buy timers which are mounted in their wrists and count down to when you will meet your soulmate. The story follows a family consisting of stepsisters and their half brother, as well as his parents (one daughter’s mother and the other daughter’s father). They all have timers, and the movie follows their feelings and behavior about their “timers.”
As a beginning to a general review of the movie, there are no big stars evident. There is some typical stereotyped roles, like the “nice” sister (searching for her soulmate and rebuffing anyone not possibly fitting that criteria, and she is blonde), the “bad” sister (sleeping around and messing with the elderly at the nursing home she is employed at, and a brunette) an overbearing mother, and an angst ridden teen.
The acting is adequate, but there aren’t any award winning performances here. The story (or the theory behind it) is what makes the movie worth watching. At the beginning of the film (which seems to chronicle the beginning of the TiMER phenomenon) a newscaster asks “If a clock could count down to the exact moment you meet your soulmate, would you want to know?” This is an excellent question, and I’m very open to hearing your opinions in the comment section.
There are several things to keep in mind when considering your answer to this question. One is the TiMER’s tagline: “A soulmate with a guarantee”. If you know who your soulmate is, there isn’t any doubt (your timers beep when you make eye contact after the countdown). This will supposedly do away with the need for divorce, or at least significantly reduce it. There are several aspects on the downside of the TiMER however. What if your soulmate won’t come into your life until very late in your life? What do you do? What if you fall in love with someone other than your soulmate? And the TiMER only works if your soulmate also has one. Otherwise it is blank until they get one. These ideas are explored in the movie.
In the results of my colleague’s and my survey thus far, about 75% of those answering the survey report believing in a soulmate. This movie seems to suggest that at least the market it is geared to believe in soulmates as partners (the usual market for movies of this type are 18 to 30 year age group). With such an overwhelming belief in soulmates, I’m not sure why this movie didn’t do better (I couldn’t even rent it until I got Netflix). I think if you have Netfix and have an hour and twenty minutes or so, its worth a watch to see the above questions played out and to stimulate thought.