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Premonition (PG-13)





Release Date: March 9th, 2007 (Cinema Village) by TriStar Pictures.
The Cast: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Amber Valletta, Shyann McClure, Courtney Taylor Burness, Peter Stormare.
Directed by Mennan Yapo.

BASIC PREMISE: After waking up in the near future when her husband (McMahon) already died, Linda (Bullock) wakes up again when her husband is alive and tries to prevent her husband from getting.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Premonition begins as a supernatural thriller and gradually becomes a silly drama with not enough suspense. For some unexplained reason, Linda wakes up one day right after her husband died and, the next day, wakes up in the past before he dies and so on and so forth. She gradually notices clues that might lead her to understand how and why he will die so that she can prevent it somehow. None of these clues feel surprising, though, like when she meets her husbandís boss (Valletta) who bites her lip and smiles right when she waves goodbye to him at the office. She also discovers that one of her two children has lots of cuts on her face. Sandra Bullock certainly looks attractive for the part of Linda, but she gives a wooden performance that makes the character even duller. Screenwriter Bill Kelly combines too many genres in one without including any real thrills or twists. The Butterfly Effect and Groundhog Day both used a supernatural gimmick in an imaginative way. Here, it all falls flat. Unfortunately, Kelly doesnít understand that if she changes something in the past, no matter how minute, with her newly attained information, it must inevitably affect the future. By having Linda take forever to figure out the obvious through the clues, he makes her seem semi-retarded. Moreover, she has no chemistry with her husband to begin with, so who really cares if he dies or not? At least director Mennan Yapo tries to enliven the film with slick and stylish cinematography, but itís not nearly enough to keep you engaged.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than an unnecessarily preachy, corny and tacked-on message at the end about the importance of love.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 7

IN A NUTSHELL: A slick, but unfocused thriller lacking in suspense, imagination and surprises. Sandra Bullock sleepwalks through her role.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV


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