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Overall Rating
2.17

Awesome: 7.94%
Worth A Look: 3.17%
Average: 25.4%
Pretty Bad: 25.4%
Total Crap38.1%

7 reviews, 21 user ratings


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Premonition (2007)
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by EricDSnider

"I miss the old, perky, bumbling Sandra Bullock."
3 stars

One must strike a delicate balance in order for a film like "Premonition" -- in which a housewife foresees her husband's death and must act to prevent it -- to be successful. The premise lends itself so readily to absurdity that unintended comedy is almost unavoidable.

Mennan Yapo, director of "Premonition," is not able to avoid the pitfalls, and I'm not sure how hard he even tried. What use is there in having the husband's severed head accidentally fall out of the coffin? That isn't creepy or scary; it's over-the-top and hilarious. How can we be expected to take the movie seriously when it's behaving in such a fashion?

Sandra Bullock plays Linda Hanson, the housewife who becomes unstuck in time and keeps waking up on different days immediately preceding and following her husband Jim's (Julian McMahon) death. She's told on Thursday that he died on Wednesday; when she wakes up the next morning it's Monday, and the car accident hasn't happened yet. Next thing she knows it's Saturday, the day of the funeral and the bumbling, head-dropping mortuary employees.

As Linda tries to figure out the timeline involved in saving Jim's life, the film tosses in other mysteries to pad out the running time. The couple has two daughters, the older of whom (Courtney Taylor Burness) suddenly has recent injuries to her face. Linda finds a dead bird in the backyard and ominous smears some of its blood on the sliding glass door. An anonymous blonde (Amber Valletta) turns up at the funeral. These details, all of them underlined in some way, prove to be distractions from the central issue, and I found myself frequently wishing the movie would just get on with things. Either she can prevent Jim's death, or she can't. Let's get to that point and find out which it is.

Even more wasteful is the way the film brings up deeper philosophical issues, then doesn't do anything with them. "If I let Jim die, is that the same as killing him?" Linda wonders at one point. She even visits a priest (apparently she is a lapsed Catholic, though this is the first we've heard of it) to discuss fate and destiny. But is any point or conclusion ever derived from these brief forays into philosophy? Nope. Just a rehashed "Twilight Zone" plot stretched over 90 minutes while Sandra Bullock stumbles around working on her "baffled" face.

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User Comments

5/07/11 Nikki Smith I enjoyed this film, and reccomend it to all of my friends. Sandra Bullock is so awesome!! 5 stars
6/12/10 PAUL SHORTT DREARY SUPERNATURAL THRILLER 1 stars
12/12/08 Richard Remington I can't believe she went wacko and got him killed, should have laid off the booze and pills 5 stars
11/13/08 mr.mike Worthwhile till about the halfway point , then drops like a stone. 3 stars
10/08/08 Shaun Wallner I really enjoyed this film. 5 stars
5/24/08 R>A>Keeler Sandra desperately need someone to tell her "NO" when something like this script comes alon 2 stars
1/26/08 Pamela White plot twisted but clues have holes in them 3 stars
10/23/07 mike this movie was terrible but not even close to the number 23 to being the worst of 2007! 1 stars
10/18/07 Joey So Disappointed in Sandra Bullock! I Love Her, but What Was This Crap? 1 stars
9/15/07 Marty never believed the chars actions or dialogue. why is she a timetraveler? 2 stars
9/08/07 Alice Sandra=one of the few real women on the screen, ok (rent) movie ! 4 stars
8/12/07 Joe Smaltz tedium turned into irritation, followed by Huh? 1 stars
8/01/07 Tamatha Burrus Not Bad but I wished I had waited till it came on TV. 3 stars
7/31/07 Monday Morning This wouldn't have even been a "just average" TV show. Save your $$ & time. 2 stars
7/27/07 Gail One of the most confusing & illogical movies yet 1 stars
6/15/07 Austin wertman sucked 1 stars
4/05/07 William Goss Initially intriguing, but falls apart with each passing day, down to just tacky final shot. 2 stars
3/27/07 fools♫gold Trickistothinkofwhetherthechick"loved"thelyingprick!Seehowshestressedcareforkidsattheend! 5 stars
3/22/07 Lori excellent 5 stars
3/21/07 Dan's girlfriend Gutsy hunky call instead of describing the woman. He has to cure 3 diseases, come on. 4 stars
3/21/07 James Dunn Not as bad as I thought it would be, althought the ending just fell apart. Predictable. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  16-Mar-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 17-Jul-2007

UK
  16-Mar-2007 (12A)
  DVD: 16-Jul-2007

Australia
  19-Jul-2007


Directed by
  Mennan Yapo

Written by
  Bill Kelly

Cast
  Sandra Bullock
  Julian McMahon
  Nia Long
  Kate Nelligan
  Amber Valetta
  Peter Stormare



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