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Premonition

A 2007 horror movie starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon.

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"Emptiness Invites a Vacuum"

  • Jul 19, 2007
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Premontition' presents a family venue much in the mold of the paranormal plots these days. The premise draws upon `Déjà Vu' and `Medium' with much of the atmosphere of `The Sixth Sense'. (There's even a shower scene where the seer comes upon her beloved.) Can we change events of our loved ones if we can see in the future? After watching this film I felt like I had been here before. Despite some retread the movie has some redeeming values.

First of all `Premonition' does live up to its title. The movie opens with Linda (Sandra Bullock) listening to her husband giving a phone message into their answering machine. Shortly after she answers the door and is greeted by a police officer. Somberly, the man tells her that her husband was in a serious car accident, and he didn't survive. She is incredulous. Not merely shock, but she understandably thinks it a mistake given the context of her husband's message.

From there we get fragmented events that make it seem like Linda is bumping into the future. People she doesn't know address her and loved ones provide details she is oblivious about. Meeting with her mother, who is a significant caretaker for her two children, she seems out of it, forlorned, bewildered. Then, sleep becomes something of a portal, or maybe a change of consciousness. When Linda awakes everything is back to normal. Jim is alive, the children are fine, and the forbidding omens disappear. Unlike many other films, the time frame gets shuffled, so she often loses track of what day it is and which events are meant to stay in sequence.

Added to her turmoil is the aspect of psychiatric care. It gives us a sense of ambiguity done in movies like 'Donnie Darko' where we have to figure out what the true source of her problems in the story. Many of those bumps in the future feature Linda being treated by Dr. Roth (Peter Stormare), a psychiatrist. Besides sharing with her best friend Annie, she really confides her dilemma with him. Obviously, not specializing in paranormal psychology, he gives her a prescription for lithium instead of an outlook of the future.

She also seeks advice from the parish priest. He gives her good advice, but, then, Linda is on her own. She must decide what to do with the future she's been presented. Can she save her husband? Do the visions give her some command of the future?

There are many aspects to admire in `Premonition'. The movie does keep an up to date standard of edginess. Even though it relies on music and editing more than most, and there`s one scene that uses a shaky pivoting camera to express the strife when Linda is confronting her family. Sandra Bollock gives a fine performance as Linda. Through her we can truly see Linda's grief and frustration. On the other hand, some of the other omens don't fit in the story as well. Perhaps disasters come in threes, but when Linda is startled by an explosion of a telephone wire, a crow is killed and lays before her. It matches an event foreseen before, but it doesn't tell us much. And that's how I left 'Premonition'. Surely, most people won't be angry or overly disappointed after having watched this movie, but it leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

I believe the movie will appeal to the masses who are yearning for "family values" in their films. The moviemakers' motives are admirable, but the execution of the story is so riddled with mysterious roadblocks that it made me feel like I had a long and cruel joke played on me.

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review by . March 06, 2009
This movie came out about the same time as another film called Deja Vu. Both films dealt with time travel to some degree and centered around preventing a death. This movie doesn't quite measure up to the other film.     It takes place over a week, however the days occur out of sequence. Sandra Bullock goes to sleep with a seemingly happy family of two girls and a husband. She wakes up to find that her husband died during an out of town trip that she doesn't remember. She then …
review by . November 01, 2008
This movie disappointed me   I thought it really sad   Though Sandra Bullock was okay   The screenplay's pretty bad     The movie shows parallel times   But with a quirky twist   Successive days don't seem to match   But yet they coexist     Some scenes they just threw in the mix   To make the movie longer   They fail to move the plot along   Or make it any stronger    &nb …
review by . December 19, 2008
I liked it, but they could have done more. My favorite movies are those where characters act realistically, and where there is good logic/sequence to the movie. This movie fails a little bit in both, IF she is actually able to travel back and forth through time in her mind. However, I have an explanation for that.    Overall, I think that Bullock's character was committed because she had suffered a mental breakdown- the trauma of seeing her husband killed.    My …
review by . October 31, 2008
Premonition
'Premonition' is a suspense film that scores a little low on the suspense-o-meter. Linda Hanson (the fabulously talented Sandra Bullock) and her husband Jim (Julian McMahon from Nip/Tuck) have a happy life. Nice home, two beautiful daughters, and a loving marriage. Then Jim dies in a car accident, leaving Linda trying to cope with her loss.     But, when she wakes up the next morning, Jim is alive again, just like his death never happened. But Linda remembers everything from …
review by . June 09, 2008
Pros: Well there weren’t any...     Cons: Convoluted, puzzling, stupid plot, fuzzy direction.     The Bottom Line: In the final analysis Premonition is a confusing, head scratching (I know redundant term) mess, a riddle, wrapped inside a puzzle that cannot be solved, at least by this reviewer.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Now I consider myself a pretty intelligent guy; rocket scientist no …
review by . February 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: interesting subject, solid characters      Cons: chaotic pacing, drama billed as thriller      The Bottom Line: If you were given a chance to change one event in your life, would you take the chance?      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Linda (Sandra Bullock) and Jim Hanson (Julian MacMahon) have a good marriage. Their home is warm and inviting, and their children are playful, intelligent …
review by . January 17, 2008
Her husband's dead - or is he? Her daughter has a bloody accident, but when? She wakes up knowing her husband's dead, only to hear him in the shower. So what's going on with this poor woman? You'll have to watch this movie several times before you can figure it out, which I've never been able to do. Premonition is sort of the dark side of Ground Hog Day- deja vu all over again. Every character in it is without warmth, with the exception of the wife and kids. Whether or not anything psychic is going …
review by . December 16, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This movie came out about the same time as another film called Deja Vu. Both films dealt with time travel to some degree and centered around preventing a death. This movie doesn't quite measure up to the other film.    It takes place over a week, however the days occur out of sequence. Sandra Bullock goes to sleep with a seemingly happy family of two girls and a husband. She wakes up to find that her husband died during an out of town trip that she doesn't remember. She then …
review by . August 27, 2007
Sandra Bullock has the keen sensitivity to pick up some roles that she thinks she can create a niche and leave a mark of her acting skills. That is what interests me to see her movies. In "Premonition" - a time-tripping attempt to do for marital malaise what "Groundhog Day" did for commitment-phobia - a bored housewife named Linda (Sandra Bullock) wakes up one day, like any other day, and goes about her daily routine. She makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, jogs, does laundry - the usual. …
review by . August 26, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Relative newcomers, writer Bill Kelly and director Mennan Yapo, have concocted a testy little conundrum of a movie titled PREMONITION: whether the audience decides to step into their little nightmare or reject the premise that powerful emotions can drive the brain to peculiar directions of functioning will be the divisive break in acceptance of the film's premise. It is a fairly well done, thought provoking experience and is carried by some better than average performances by a strong cast.    T …
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Premonition is a 2007  drama film directed by Mennan Yapo and starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon. Principal photography took place in Louisiana.
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Director: Mennan Yapo
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: March 16, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Bill Kelly
DVD Release Date: August 04, 2009
Runtime: 1hr 36min
Studio: TriStar Pictures
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