REAL REVIEW

An entertaining movie, much like a good meal, is worth the price you pay. And even though a bad movie, unlike a bad meal, probably won’t give you the runs, paying $10 dollars to see it will make you feel like shit.

Premonition

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Production budget: $20m

Worldwide Gross: $74.5m

At times this film confuses itself with a good movie. Then, without warning, it comes crashing back to Earth with stretches that fall desperately short of the mark. Essentially, the plot follows Linda Hanson (Bullock), as her world falls apart around her. The movie begins with Linda waking up to her normal routine. An empty bed devoid of her husband, two daughters who need to go to school, and the mundane tasks of a house wife, really spark the viewers’ interest. (Ah, the glorious life of the unemployed, how I again yearn for thee.) However, the busy day of Home Depot runs and dry cleaning pickups takes a serious turn for the worse when Bullock is visited by a local police officer. The officer gives her the crushing news of her husband’s death. This scene is one of the few moments when this movie is truly powerful. Bullock has come a long way since her days of driving speeding buses and fighting off overtestosteronized Keanu’s, and puts on one of the most believable scenes of shock and mourning I have witnessed in a long time. Unlike many movies that immediately convert the recipient of awful news in a blithering, wheeping sack of tears and heaves, Bullock perfectly displays the process of internalizing the news and experiencing shock, concluding with fervent denial. It was a rare but excellent scene in an otherwise forgettable movie.

From there, the movie flutters about creating more confusion than memorable scenes. Linda’s life inexplicably begins playing hopscotch with the calendar. For no apparent reason, she goes to bed, mysteriously goes back in time, and wakes the next morning to find her husband alive and well. Then, she goes to bed, jumps ahead in time, to wake and find him again dead. All of this mysterious time shifting happens when she sleeps. If she had stayed away for 24 hours straight, would she have found herself trapped in time, causing her to inexplicably combust? We can hope, but one will never know, because this movie made no effort to explain her “premonition” induced time travel. It just was, and apparently, they thought that was good enough. Well, it wasn’t.

For most of the movie, the characters and their relationships are a mystery. Not until late in the movie did I build a bond to any character, and not until the end of the movie did the Husband, who had since died, undied, died, and undied again, define himself at all. His death for most of the movie was only a sympathetic moment because of the pain it caused the one character we did know, Linda, and her snivelling children. But nothing made us feel for him until the very end, when it was too late.

This was not a horrible movie. In fact, the pacing was decent, and the writer did try to tie everything together in the end. It just appears he should have used Velcro, or joined the Boy Scouts, because he tied like shit. The ending, if viewed in a vacuum was good, although I had it tabbed about two thirds of the way through the movie.

If you are looking for a light thriller, with some decent twists, and a few ‘ahah’ moments, give this one a try. But… I too have a Premonition, you probably won’t like it much.

Below Average - Illegal Download To get the best bang for your buck, I recommend renting this movie as a bargain bin DVD.

~Jared

 

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