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Premonition

A 2007 horror movie starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon.

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  • Jun 9, 2008
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Rating:
-1
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 (but I suppose I could be if I had wanted to be), but a fairly intelligent man as far as humans go. So why for the life of me can I not figure out what the hell Premonition (2007), staring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon, was all about? I mean really, how convoluted can one make a plot before the audience just loses all interest? Premonition should be the case study in how not to make an intriguing film!

The Story

Directed by Mennan Yapo (I know Mennan who?),with screenplay by Bill Kelly (I know Bill who?) Premonition is at its base a love story, a story—I think—of what happens when a couple gets bogged down by the steady drumbeat of modern life and lose their way to each other.

Bullock (28 Days, Hope Floats, The Net) portrays Linda Hanson a typical suburban housewife married to Jim Hanson (McMahon – Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Profiler) and together they have two little girls. After years of marriage Linda and Jim have drifted apart and now seem to be roommates rather than lovers and friends.

All is normal up to this point…One day (Tuesday) Jim goes out of town on a business trip and, well never comes home; he is involved in a severe automobile accident. When the police come and tell Linda, she of course grief-stricken, but then seems to go into these perpetual dream cycles wherein she wakes up and Jim is back; she wakes up the next and he is gone.

Through the course of this implausible melodrama we find certain things out about Jim and Linda’s relationship and clues are given that is suppose to lead to the light of understanding…

My Thoughts

In an attempt to be clever Premonition ended up a rather convoluted and unmanageable mess from a viewer’s standpoint. The movie was hard to follow almost for the start and halfway into the 96 minute movie I lost interest in even trying. Part of the problem was the poorly put together script; there was not unifying thread that held all of the disjointed scenes together. Another problem was the sequence of events; they did not unfold in any kind of logical sequence that would at least helped follow the plot. And finally, the acting was a rather noticeable problem. Bullock spends most of the movie with the same stricken look on her face. Hello, is there anyone home? Add to this mix that fact that the director couldn’t make his mind whether he wanted her (Bullock) to be the beat-down housewife or the sexy temptress and you have the formula for a pretty befuddling mix.

Premonition wants to be an intriguing twisty thriller with a profound spiritual message (yes Linda makes the obligatory visit to the local priest as if he would have an answer; why do these kind of movies always think religion has the answers to the middling question vexing the central character?), but ends up something of a misogynistic(?) mess that leaves Bullock holding the screaming bag and bulging belly.

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. First-time Director Mennan Yapo and novice screenwriter Bill Kelly trapped themselves with this thriller wannabe can’t figure how to get out. Their dreadfully conceived finale, while visually appealing, leaves a lot of loose plotlines swinging in the preverbal wind and left me—and no doubt any audience of moviegoers—dazed dazed, confused, and pondering the future of Sandra Bullock!

Recommended:
No

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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
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'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 . February 28, 2008
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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 …
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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