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Premonition

A 2007 horror movie starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon.

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Would You Recognize a Miracle if You Were Stuck in it?

  • Feb 28, 2008
Rating:
+3
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 and well behaved. Jim's been working too hard, and Linda has definitely been feeling his longer hours away from the family, the weary grind of routine. Nothing could have prepared Linda for that moment engraved upon her memory; a police officer knocking at her door with news that would send her reeling through a kaleidoscope of time, space and reality. Jim is gone, dead at the scene. Nothing can prepare you for a moment like that... not even a premonition!

Linda falls asleep devastated over the loss of her husband... and wakes up to hear him showering in their bathroom several days earlier! Is this a premonition? Is Linda loosing her mind? Is she re-inventing reality so she doesn't have to deal with awful truths? Or is she being given one miraculous chance to save her husband and their marriage?

My Thoughts:

An excellent film involving love, fate, morals, and time travel. A good cast with an off-screen chemistry that adds depth and reality to their characters and the story. As in any film involving some form of time travel, there are a lot of confusing jumps backward and forward, a generally disjointed feel to the whole progression of the tale as we learn to deal with what is happening to Linda right along side her. It is a natural confusion that withdraws as our understanding grows and it is well handled.

When Linda closes her eyes, we hold our breaths for her wondering where, or rather when, she will be when she wakes up. Will it be before or after Jim's accident? Will her family still think she's crazy? Can she save Jim... should she even try? The oh so thoughtful way in which Linda ask, "Mom? If I let Jim die... is that the same as killing him?" obviously chills her concerned parent. Viewers can't help wondering if her choices in the matter won't just lead to paradox!

The pacing is taut, and viewers are kept on their toes trying to keep the time-line clear as we gather information with the intrepid Linda. I enjoyed the use of the Crow as a messenger of drastic change, and was especially moved by the reality of her children asking why she won't talk to them about what is going on. As is often the case in real life, Linda, as the only aware adult in the situation, does not think to consult her children about these strange leaps in time. In fact, as a good mother would, she tries to shield them from it all, and ends up getting herself temporarily committed from trying to follow a rational path in finding "adult" help. Yeah, that definitely lent an air of reality!

The Extras:

Deleted Scenes, an essential extra in my opinion, is playable with or without commentary. Having seen the alternate ending, I'm doubly happy with how the film ended! I always enjoy this special feature.

Gag Reel: These were some of the funniest outtakes I've ever seen from a serious-minded movie! I really enjoyed the joke Bullock played on her "family" during a dinner scene, and the crew's joke at her expense during the climactic moment of the film was priceless! This personal view of the behind the scenes personalities and their wonderful sense of humor was highly entertaining and engaging.

Glimpses of the Future: Making Premonition: A lengthy featurette with input from Bullock, McMahon, producers and director. This Making Of featurette offers some interesting insight into all aspects of the film. From storyboards to casting choices, sets to camera angles, the layers of the film are peeled back for us to take a closer look. Excellent addition!

Bringing Order to Chaos: This featurette examines the difficulty the cast, crew and director faced in dealing with such a chaotic order of events. Much care was taken for both characters and viewers to be put in the proper frame of mind for the given moment. Interesting viewing that made me appreciate the unique challenges they faced.

Real Premonitions: Play All or what the two parts separately, I appreciate that function in extras. These features explore real life people around the world who have experienced premonitions. I especially appreciated the distinction made here between dreams and visions.

Final Thoughts: More drama than thriller, this is a thinking person's film. While there are a few thrilling moments, plenty of suspense, and even some gruesome details along the way, ultimately this film is a drama; a slice of someone's life. When audiences expect one kind of film and receive another, it typically lowers the appeal of the film.

Erratic and chaotic aspects of this particular film could also be off-putting to some viewers, although I feel this is inevitable aspect of any film involving time travel of any sort. In my opinion, this was handled well and adds to the off-kilter feel of the film. The extras on this DVD are lengthy and detailed; a sterling addition to this DVD from Sony Pictures. I viewed the full screen format and enjoyed the picture quality which added to the appeal of certain shots. Retailing at $17.99 on Amazon, this is an entertaining and thrilling drama about second sight, family, life, and miracles.












Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good Date Movie
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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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 . 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 …
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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