Directed by Mennan Yapo from a script by Bill Kelly, Premonition stars Sandra Bullock as suburban housewife Linda Quinn Hanson. The movie opens with Linda taking her two daughters to school. When she returns home, she finds a message from her husband, Jim (Julian Mcmahon), on the answering machine that references an earlier conversation. As Linda is listening, Jim says he has an incoming call and the message on the answering machine ends. An instant later, there is a ring at the door, and a police officer tells Linda that Jim has been killed in a car accident with a gas tanker by route marker 220.
Depressed and distraught, she calls her mother to come over and help. They put the girls to bed then both go to sleep themselves. The next morning, Linda wakes to find her mother gone from the den - and her husband still alive.
Is this a dream? A nightmare? An alternate reality? What does it all mean? Questionable logic abounds throughout this film as it flipss back and forth with Linda waking up to find her husband dead one day, then alive the next. The premise has major credibility problems, but logic doesn't matter in this case. It's one of those movies where if you like the star, you will see it. If you like Sandra Bullock, she is the draw for you. Her performance is quite good in this hard-to-follow puzzle of a movie, but the puzzle isn't what will hook watchers.
Eventually, Bullock's understated performance will get you to empathize with her character and reel you into the story. The movie's makers might ask too much in requiring you to engage mind, imagination, and emotion, but that shouldn't stop you from seeing this if you enjoy Bullock. In fact, all the characters come off as believable; it's only the plot that will leave you scratching your head. The only performance that's less than stellar is by the usually awesome Peter Stormare (Fargo, 8MM, Constantine), but that is neither here or there. Despite the plot flaws, the ending of hope (I think that's what it was) and Bullock's performance are enough for fans of hers to check it out. For everyone else, it's a coin toss.
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