Movie Review: Premonition – Starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon & Nia Long

by Jason of New Movie Friday on March 16, 2007

in Movie Reviews

Get Premonition on DVD at AmazonMovie: Premonition (PG-13)
Released: March 16th, 2007
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
Ticket Price: $5.00 Early Matinee
Refreshments: Swedish Fish
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon and Nia Long
Director: Mennan Yapo

Rating: Worth a Rental –

Synopsis: Linda is living a very good life; until a knock at the door reveals that her husband has died in a car crash. The next day she wakes up to find her husband still alive and thinks she was having a very realistic nightmare. When it happens again she starts to figure out that she is not dreaming and that she needs to figure out a way to keep her family intact. Or, does she?

Review: Premonition is a well-done suspense drama for the most part. You want to keep watching. You want to know what is going on. Do you find out what is going on? Well, I don’t want to give anything away. This kind of movie is tough to review. You can give away much of the plot in a comedy and it will still be funny. Same with a drama and it will still be dramatic. In the case of a suspense thriller, if you give away too much, it ceases to be suspenseful and the thrill is gone. Well, what to do?

How about giving you a few things about Premonition that won’t ruin the movie for you:

  • If you decide to watch it, it is the type of movie that should be seen with a group of friends or with a date. It will, at least, give you something to talk about.
  • Sandra Bullock (The Lake House, Speed) is totally believable as Linda, the loving mother, wife and friend who the story revolves around. She is very good in this role. You are wondering if she is going crazy, gone crazy or just dreaming the whole thing. If you don’t buy the actress in a role like this, she would be distracting to the story and the movie would end up being pretty bad. For example: When she has to tell her kids of their father’s death, you get, as Coffee Talk‘s Linda Richman would say, “a little verklempt.”
  • The writer and director do a very good job of tying story elements together, as the story is told with jumps back and forth in time. This kind of storytelling can easily lose the audience, if not done well. The time shifting element, in this case, is just easy enough to follow so you don’t get lost, but hard enough that you need to pay attention to keep up with the story.
  • A premonition regarding Premonition was almost fulfilled. It was a great idea, but had an ending that left me a little wanting. This is the biggest fear within this genre of movie. The more you think about what happens in the movie and the way it ends though, the less and less that may be the case.

Premonition is a solid suspense drama. Although, the feeling you are left with at the end of the movie is not the one I would have wanted to leave the audience with, if I had made this film. Ultimately, it is a clever idea with good writing and fine performances all around from the cast. It is worth seeing, but you should probably wait for the rental.

What did you think of Premonition?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiffany November 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Hi … I’ve been watching it over and over and i just don’t get if the husband is actually dead at the end or did she stop him from dying.

2 Jason of New Movie Friday November 20, 2008 at 9:31 pm

If you haven’t seen this movie, then don’t read any further if you don’t want the ending spoiled for you.

Tiffany, She didn’t stop him from dying, she was actually, although inadvertently, the cause of his death.

3 Katie December 30, 2008 at 1:10 am

what happens after he is in the crash that she witneses i recently rented the movie and it would not play the ending and i am having trouble finding out what haooend and im going to cry!!! can someone pllllllllllllease tell me,it would be greatly appreciated*

4 Karla January 15, 2009 at 12:46 am

I think the dreams that Linda was dreaming were preparing her for her husband’s death. Toward the end, Linda found out that her husband was about to have an affair, but he told Linda that he couldn’t go through with it,because he loved her and the girls too much. This gave Linda peace in her heart and made it easier for her to move forward. In the last scene, she appears to be pregnant with his child. The fact that the little girl came in saying that the moving truck was there, seemed to definitely confirm that Linda, her girls, and the new life on his or her way were moving forward with their lifes. Linda seemed happy and at peace at the end.

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