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Premonition (2007)
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by brianorndorf

"Sandra Bullock delivers, but the film is too confused to care"
2 stars

What kind of a film is “Premonition?” Well, it’s a thriller, a love story, a faith-based healing picture, and a horror film; it also should come as no surprise that the end product is a viper’s nest of confusion and wacky tonal changes that ultimately lead nowhere.

Linda (Sandra Bullock) is a loving mother of two who can’t seem to understand her husband Jim’s (Julian McMahon, “Nip/Tuck”) martial distance. When Jim dies in a car accident, Linda is lost in grief, but finds the events around the accident strange and unfamiliar. Waking up the next morning, she finds Jim alive, much to her confusion. Over the course of a week, Linda flashes back and forth between realities, leaving her frantic to crack this psychological code so she can save her husband.

I know there’s an audience hungry for deliberate multi-dimensional, mind-bending cinema, but these scripts are reaching absurdist heights. To stay one step ahead of the audience, movies like “Premonition” are dreaming up rather uninspiring ways to toy with reality, and even more lifeless ways to aim the production toward a twist ending.

That said, I wasn’t bothered too much by “Premonition.” It’s an elongated “Twilight Zone” episode that settles in nicely with a convincing mood of confusion, if not an engrossing one. Screenwriter Bill Kelly has some wild ideas for this mental time bomb, but he has problems organizing the thrills and the chills in the correct order for maximum unease. Too much of the script is Linda playing catch-up with her new realities instead of deciphering them, and it does little to power the film past its putter.

The great benefit of having Sandra Bullock in the lead role is that she understands what “Premonition” is asking of her, and she portrays Linda accordingly. Unexpectedly, I found Bullock to be rather interesting as the eye of this lithium-n-hugs hurricane, depicting bewilderment well (this is almost “The Lake House: Part Deux”). She bungles scenes of Linda’s outright hysteria, but played in constant close-up by director Mennan Yapo, Bullock works the tight focus carefully, making Linda a compelling force of inquiry and doubt.

“Premonition” reminds me of the type of film that makes you wait patiently for the pivotal moment when the movie loses its mind, spurting blood and madness everywhere; however, Yapo and Kelly aren’t making that kind of picture. Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the cell here, not something more thematically apocalyptic, and this defanged approach doesn’t suit the finale of the picture at all. If it’s even possible, it turns “Premonition” from a confusing film to a baffling one, leaving the wispy payoff not worth the hard fight to get there.

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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
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
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  16-Mar-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 17-Jul-2007

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


Directed by
  Mennan Yapo

Written by
  Bill Kelly

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

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