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Overall Rating

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 Doug Bentin

"Speed 3"
2 stars

Why do strange things happen to good people? I dunno. Maybe because they’ve lost their faith in anything bigger than themselves. Or they’ve lost their ability to find a good script.

There you go—“Premonition” in a nutshell. I just saved you nine bucks. Thank me by dropping some of it in the poor box next weekend.

I can think of only one reason why Sandra Bullock, one of Hollywood’s most amiable leading ladies, would choose to make a movie as awful as “Premonition,” and it ain’t pretty. She must be so sick of people making fun of “Speed 2” that she wanted something on her resume that is even worse. Ding, ding—we have a winner!

Bullock plays Linda Hanson, she of the perfect life. Linda has a nice home, two good daughters, a loving if somewhat distracted husband, a best friend who will drop everything when she’s needed, and a mother who is helpful but not interfering. Ask for more than this and you’re just tempting fate.

Well, she doesn’t ask but fate gets on its high horse anyway. Linda awakens one morning to get the girls ready for school. Husband Jim (Julian McMahon) has gone on a business trip. She checks phone messages and finds an odd one from Jim, but no biggie. Then the sheriff shows up on her doorstep to tell her than Jim has been killed in a car accident, and the day just goes downhill from there. That night she falls asleep in the den and when she awakens in bed the next morning, Jim is alive again.

This keeps happening to her—one day he’s dead, the next day he isn’t. (Repeat until your bladder tells you it’s time to do something else.) Linda finally figures out that she is having premonitions of his death but she doesn’t know what to do. Something simple, like telling him about it, never enters her head.

Yes, it’s another one of those time-jumble movies. This is a science fiction concept and you know the reason most science fiction writers, who tend to be pretty smart guys and gals, don’t write time stories? Because they’re hard, that’s why. There’s a lot to keep lined up and writer Bill Kelly, whose only other produced screenplay was the Brendan Fraser bomb “Blast From the Past” eight years ago, couldn’t keep it straight with a ruler.

Linda is constantly, like a chicken, waking up in a new world every morning, but if she is skipping between parallel worlds, she never seems to know what she should know. For instance, one day daughter Megan (Shyann McClure) has terrible scratches on her face and no one seems to know why. Why would no one know? They were all living in that timeline yesterday.

Kate Nelligan is wasted as mother Joanne and Peter Stormare (the goofy executioner in “The Brothers Grimm”) is tamed to the point of invisibility in the ho-hum role of a do nothing psychiatrist. Amber Valetta, who is also in this week’s opener “Dead Silence,” is the other woman—potentially. Valetta has been on the verge of breaking out since her second film (“What Lies Beneath”) in 2000, but it’s beginning to look like she’ll be the next Famke Janssen. Almost a star, but not quite.

Bullock is better than this material. Hell, Tara Reid is better than this guff. The movie is not a thriller, not sci fi, not a romance, not entertaining. It’s a jigsaw puzzle with the most important pieces missing. You be missing, too.

Director Mennan Yapo tries to tack on a spiritual explanation but all it seems to boil down to is that if you screw with the universe, the universe will screw with you. And the universe’s screwer is bigger than yours.

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originally posted: 03/29/07 07:28:07
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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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