There is more than one reason the film “Premonition” won’t be described as a “must-see.” What is there to expect from a thriller when its two main roles are played by a romantic comedy actress and one of the stars from the painfully raunchy TV show Nip/Tuck?
Words like “dull,” “dismal” and “flat” more accurately describe the marriage between the sweet-faced Sandra Bullock and the handsome television star Julian McMahon. Their relationship is not just boring; it’s almost nonexistent. However, their lack of chemistry is only one of the reasons this movie is a bomb.
Bullock plays the role of housewife Linda Hansen, with two beautiful little daughters and a very quiet husband, Jim (McMahon). After dropping the girls off at school one day, she is working around the house when the sheriff pays her a visit to tell her that Jim has died in a car accident. The rest of her day is miserable, but the next day she awakens to find him drinking coffee downstairs while preparing for work.
Confused, she comes to the shaky conclusion that perhaps the previous day had been a dream — but no. The following morning she walks downstairs to see a horde of people dressed in black for her poor husband’s funeral. After a couple more ridiculous back-and-forth occurrences like these, Linda concludes that one week of her life has been jumbled, and she must sort out what happens on which day so that she can save her husband from becoming decapitated on Wednesday, whenever it happens. Random signs that appear to be foreboding or meaningful, such as a disgusting dead crow in the back yard, turn out simply to be clues for her to figure out if it’s Tuesday or Friday. Or is it Sunday?
One of the more confusing scenes of the film is Hansen’s desperate visit to the church. She shares everything with the priest, and he gives her spiritual guidance in the situation, which is supposed to be thematically connected with the ending of the film. But viewers find themselves pondering during the end credits how his urging her to “have faith in hope and love” truly related to the last quarter of the movie.
“Premonition” might have been slightly better if there were actually an explanation for her premonition in the first place. Other movies with a time paradox, like “Frequency,” usually have an obvious, though unrealistic, explanation for the phenomenon. This film has none. Apparently, director Mennan Yapo expects the audience to accept the ending as one of the sweet mysteries of life.
Maybe if the ending were not still just as obvious and uninspiring, the film would have been acceptable. Anti-happily-ever-after, realistic endings are great, but after an hour and a half of detached and confusing events, heavy enlightenment gives way to anger.
So if you’re thinking about seeing “Premonition,” plan ahead and count this one out.
Film fails to thrill audience
Published: Wed Mar 21, 2007 | Modified: Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:27 a.m.