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Drama - Supernatural

Premonition (2007)


Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Mennan Yapo
Writers/Script Bill Kelly
Starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Kate Nelligan, Amber Valletta, Peter Stormare,

Elevator Pitch: The Hansons are a family of him, her and two preteen daughters.  One afternoon the sheriff calls on Linda Hanson to tell her that her husband has been killed in a car accident. She is distraught, but collects her children from school before more or less collapsing. But the following day she awakes to find him beside her. In the following days sometimes she is moving towards his funeral, and sometimes he is alive, but actually they are not getting on well. She visits a priest who tells her that she can change events and her husband’s office where she detects something is going on between her husband and his assistant manager, an attractive younger woman.

Content:  No nudity or sex, or drug taking, or drinking or smoking. Linda’s life is shown day by day, so on some days her husband is about, they eat, discuss things and mostly don’t get on too well. On other days her mother is with her to help look after the kids and we see things happen and signs to indicate which is real and which may not be. A lightning strike kills a crow which falls into the garden. The mother and the kids do a jigsaw puzzle. Linda goes to see a doctor who eventually sections her. You get the idea.

A View: The critics got some fun from the title as they predicted how awful this film was going to be. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian was, I thought, needlessly unpleasant about Sandra Bullock’s work in general. However, there is quite a bit wrong with this film most of which I can’t go into, but a for instance, since on some days Linda has been propelled into the future, with her remaining family and relatives, what is happening back in the present? I don’t believe that this was thought out and lets face it, time travel which this is essentially, is very difficult to manage. They don’t manage it here so probably not a watch even for nothing.

Additional Info: Despite the critic’s view, this movie almost made its estimated production cost back on its first weekend, and almost certainly made some money in the end.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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