Premonition

 
Directed by: Mennan Yapo
Written by:Bill Kelly
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shyann McClure, Courtney Taylor Burness, Nia Long, Kate Nelligan
Released: July 19, 2007
Grade: C-

Answering a knock at the door, Linda (Bullock) sees a police officer standing on her porch.  He tells her that her husband was involved in a car accident and was killed instantly.  It happened the day before but the police had trouble identifying the body and hence, the next of kin.  Linda goes into shock.  Her mother comes over to comfort her.  She picks up her two daughters from school and tells them the bad news.  As she goes to bed that night, she realises that her life is forever changed.  Or is it?

When she awakes the next morning, she goes downstairs and finds her husband, Jim (McMahon), making breakfast and going about his day like he ordinarily would.  What’s going on here?  Was his death just a vivid dream?  Or was it some kind of premonition?

It was at this point where I gave up on the film.  I watched the rest of it knowing exactly what would happen.  I think everyone in the cinema knew but for some unknown reason, Sandra Bullock’s character couldn’t put the pieces together.  It was very frustrating.  If I’m going to watch a suspense thriller, I’d at least like to be kept guessing.  How could such a major film have such a thin plot???

Premonition deserves my lowest grading.  I’ve seen B-grade straight-to-video releases that are more interesting and entertaining.  I can’t believe I spent $8.50 on it at the cinemas (thank goodness I had a discount card).  Rotten Tomatoes, a film website which collects reviews from major critics across the world, found that it received 12 positive reviews and 138 negative reviews.  It’s comforting that I find myself in the majority.

I try to be positive person but films like Premonition depress me.  The good news is that my memory of the film is quickly fading and I’m off to see another film tonight.  It can only be better.