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Premonition
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07.17.2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Mennan Yapo

Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Julian McMahon
Nia Long

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A married woman wakes up one day to find her husband has died in a car accident the previous day. Through an unknown force, her days get mixed up and she ends up waking up on a different day in no particular order. Soon, she is faced with the decision on what to do about her possible future and past.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie falls right in the average category on pretty much every level. There was nothing in the film that impressed me, but it succeeded just enough to prevent it from being a bad film. The frustrating thing about it is that it had chances to be a great film, but it seemed as if the filmmakers wanted to avoid making the film too deep. That said, itís a decent film that should at least spark an interesting conversation between anyone thatís seen it.

PREMONITION is a film filled with inaction. The lead character has an opportunity to completely change her life and the lives of those around her and she chooses to not act, or doesnít become cognizant of her situation until itís too late. Thatís a shame too because the audience is screaming at the screen for her to take five minutes out of her day and prevent her daughter from running through a window but she never bothers. That brings up another question, which is what does she do with her days? We have the entire first day accounted for, but every other day we have about two hours taken up. You would think during that down time, sheíd be able to figure out a way to alter her future.

So the movie does have some gaps and problems within itís story, but it will have the refrigerator effect on you. In other words, youíll find yourself thinking about it long after youíve watched it. It briefly touched on some fascinating existential ideas that if explored in more detail, would have made for a more interesting film. I was surprised to see her go to the Catholic Church for advice, but once there, she and the priest had great conversation that opened the door to other ideas. Unfortunately, those ideas started and stopped much too soon.

This is the type of role Sandra Bullock has been playing for years. In fact, itís strikingly similar to the character she played in THE NET. Sheís faced with an extraordinary circumstance and she has to find the inner strength to overcome it. The rest of the cast fills their supportive roles fine, but this is Sandyís movie and the rest of the characters are really an afterthought. Although, I thought the grape juice girl did a great job.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Mennan Yapo and Sandra Bullock: Sandra Bullock seems like a very cool person. She should do more commentaries because sheís very easy to listen to and sheís very comfortable with herself and her films. She and Mennan offer plenty of interesting comments on the film and I actually preferred this to the film.

Deleted Scenes (6:15): This has the Hollywood ending on it, which could have worked for a film like this, but Iím still glad they left it out. The rest of the scenes had little or no impact on the overall story.

Gag Reel (3:21): I didnít really expect a gag reel on a film like this, but I guess Sandyís just too funny of a girl to not include it here. Itís a refreshing break from the seriousness of the film and Sandy actually is pretty funny.

Glimpses of the Future (15:51): Average seems to be a theme in this review, so this making-of featurette shouldnít come as a surprise. Itís youíre cookie cutter featurette complete with short interviews and too many movie clips.

Bringing Order to Chaos (11:59): This idea of this one was kind of interesting. The director takes us through the film and what it would have been like had the days been in order. Unfortunately, Sandra Bullockís character arc doesnít match this, so she knows a lot of things she shouldnít know. It also points out the glaring discontinuity with her daughterís accident, although he never mentions that.

Real Premonitions (29:13): I actually believe that real people have real premonitions all the time, but the people in this featurette seem to take themselves a little too seriously. Overall, itís worth a look if you like that sort of thing.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
PREMONITION has its problems and will frustrate many of the people that end up watching it. However, Bullock gives a nice performance and the film does inspire intelligent conversation. I wouldnít recommend buying it, but putting it on your rental cue might be worth your time.
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