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Premonition Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Sandra Bullock seems to have a recent interest in time paradox stories. First there was The Lake House and now we have Premonition. In Premonition Sandra's character, Linda Hanson, gets the news that her husband has died in a car accident. When she wakes up the next day she finds that he hasn't died. In fact, no one knows anything about it. And again, when she wakes the day after that, everyone is acting like he's dead again. It's a strange story of twisted up time and the dependencies caused by the time aberrations.
The premise is interesting but the story gets bogged down in unnecessary sidetracks into the depression of a middle-aged stay-at-home mom, an illicit office romance, and the strange situation with one daughter's cuts on her face. Rather than adding to and enhancing the story these other issue ended up distracting the viewer from the main plot and conflict which caused the whole thing to seem slow and tedious.
The twisted-time issue was rather interesting. At first it seemed like Linda was alternating between two different time streams or realities. As the movie progressed it seemed (almost) clear that instead she was living just one reality but the order of the days for that week was wrong. Instead of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc. the days went something like Thursday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and so on. Everything remains consistent with this understanding except for the cuts on the oldest daughter's face. The cuts were supposed to have happened on Tuesday but when we saw the daughter on Thursday her face was fine. But then when we saw the daughter on Saturday her face was covered with stitches.
I didn't understand the role that the cut face had in the movie. It was used as a plot device to get Linda committed to a mental health facility but I don't know why that was important. My guess is that it was mainly there to add a bit of graphic imagery (there's something disturbing about a young girl's face covered in sutures) to increase tension. In any case, I didn't get it.
The movie wasn't what we were hoping for. The ending certainly wasn't good. The developing plot lead you to expect one thing and then the rug was pulled out from under you. Sandra Bullock made a good showing in the movie but it still fell flat.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2007 )

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