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Premonition

A 2007 horror movie starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon.

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[2.5]--Predictable with a little message

  • Aug 27, 2007
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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. The day then takes a tragic turn when Linda learns, from an all too cryptic policeman, that her husband (Julian McMahon from "Nip/Tuck") has been killed in a car accident. Understandably, Linda takes the rest of the day to grieve and console her two daughters before passing out on the couch. The next day she wakes up in her bed...next to her husband - who is, it turns out, quite alive. Was it all a dream? Eventually (and it takes her a while to figure it out) it becomes clear that Linda is living the days of one week in random order. And, at some point, her husband is going to die. It's an intriguing concept for a film with something to say, or a character with the smarts to use this phenomenon to her advantage. "Premonition" has neither.

In the film's early moments, director Mennan Yapo - who made 2004's appropriately atmospheric "Soundless" - does an admirable job of keeping the audience off balance - at times quite literally; his frequent swaying handheld shots produce a vertiginous effect. But as the film progresses and the audience struggles to keep track of the days, even fancy camera moves don't help. I could see what relative-newcomer Bill Kelly was trying to do with his script: he meant to say something about treasuring each day because the end could come at anytime. But the effect of jumping randomly around the days of one week as if "they were thrown up in the air like a deck of cards" is too arbitrary to produce any real intrigue and repeated trips to find her husband in the shower brought to mind a certain infamous "Dallas" season finale (I half expected Patrick Duffy to be standing there). It's clear the film is struggling to keep the suspense up when it throws in the peculiar casting of Peter Stormare as Dr. Roth, filmdom's most ominous psychiatrist.

It's hard to dislike Sandra Bullock. Whether she's playing the lovelorn The Lake House (Widescreen Edition) or the love-starved 28 Days (Special Edition)the actress has an innate charm that can make some of the drippiest material palatable. Since Speed (Widescreen Edition)Ms. Bullock has tried her hand at thrillers with largely disappointing results The Net (Special Edition)"Murder by Numbers (Widescreen Edition). The obvious reason would appear to be the questionable material involved, but that's not entirely the case Miss Congeniality (Deluxe Edition) wasn't brilliant writing, but it played to Ms. Bullock's charisma). In "Premonition", I think the actress smiles a total of once in 100 minutes on screen. Granted, it's radiant when she does, but that's not enough to save the film.

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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 werenÂ’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 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 …
review by . August 05, 2007
Sometimes I'm amazed at how differently people can see the same thing. One person detests a work that another finds fresh and amazing.    Go figure.    I like Sandra Bullock. So I think I'm looking at Premonition through that mindset. I also love suspense and twisty plots. Bullock plays a solid character like she does in each of her films - a woman facing circumstances with varying degrees of self-control and courage. Linda reminded me of Bullock's character …
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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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