|Submitted by James |
(May 15, 2007)
Time keeps on slipping in this polite supernatural thriller, which features Sandra Bullock as a housewife so beset by premonitions of death that she can barely tell what day it is. Ambitiously structured, Premonition hops back and forth over the course of a single week like a suburban Memento, as Bullock struggles to keep her husband and her sanity. Unfortunately, director Mennen Yapo can't prevent his initially intriguing puzzle from lurching sideways into brain-drubbing nonsense.
The content advice that comes with Premonition's 12A rating says it all, really: this is a moderately distressing film on multiple levels. Bullock is moderately distressed, for instance, to discover that her husband (Julian McMahon) has been killed in a car crash. When she wakes up to discover that the accident hasn't happened yet, she exhibits what can only described as moderate distress. She's similarly distressed to discover that her cute daughter has suffered a horrible accident that she 's unable to remember, and soon after, when the men in white coats arrive to take her away, moderate distress is no longer sufficient and she's forced to resort to mild alarm.
"CONTAINS SCENES OF MILD ANNOYANCE"
Meanwhile, as Wednesday morphs into Tuesday, flips over to Friday and moseys back to Monday, the audience suffers moderate confusion and mild annoyance at Bullock's failure to address her condition in any meaningful way. We're more than halfway through before she resorts to creating a temporal wallchart full of potentially incriminating red scribbles like "Jim dies!!!!" and "I am committed!!" In spite of these considerable disadvantages, Bullock is charismatic enough to keep you watching and even guessing until the last reel. At which point the story falls headlong into a vat of sentimental, quasi-religious gloop, causing even the most patient viewer to resort to infrequent but very strong language.