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Actress Sandra Bullock follows up her 2006 time travel drama "The Lake House" with another time-hopping film in "Premonition", which sees the actress starring as housewife Linda Hansen, married to Jim (Julian McMahon). Early in the film, Linda prepares for another morning while her husband is off on a business trip. She answers the door moments later to be informed by a sheriff that her husband passed away after a car accident. Devastated, she's comforted by her mother while trying to figure out how to tell her two daughters.

She manages to get herself to sleep that night, then wakes up the next morning to find that Jim is...well, there - as if nothing had happened. Unable to figure out what has happened, she's thrown for another loop when she wakes up the next morning to find that he's dead again. When one of her daughters winds up with mysterious scratches all over her face, Linda's family sends her away to see a psychologist (Peter Stormare). However, after getting out, she's once again confronted by her husband the very next day.

Eventually, Linda puts the pieces together and realizes that she's living the week out of order and she is leading up to the day of her husband's accident. By the time she realizes what's happening, she has little time and a secret that she wasn't aware of makes her decisions even cloudier.

My problem with "Premonition" is that while I get the concept of Bullock's character bouncing around in time, the movie barely ties the whole thing together very well, and Linda takes entirely too long to start pulling the pieces together and act. Still, despite some pretty considerable plot holes (even for a movie like this) and an inconsistent tone, the movie still at least mildly had my attention throughout the majority, thanks to one of the more intense performances of Bullock's career. McMahon fares worse because he's not really a character as much as a plot device. This is wholly and completely Bullock's show to carry and she manages to do so to the best of her ability.

Even despite Bullock's best efforts (and after some so-so choices over the years, I still find her a compelling, enjoyable actress with fine presence), she can't hold up "Premonition" at the very end, as the picture's ending is a mistake and a letdown, especially after sitting through the last 85+ minutes. This is certainly not a flawless picture and it's let down by its final moments, but Bullock makes it watchable.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Premonition" is presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentatation quality was fine enough, with sharpness and detail remaining above average, if short of excellent. Some slight edge enhancement was spotted, but the print appeared to be in great shape. Colors are understandably muted, but looked accurately presented.

SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.l presentation scored some points during a few scenes with great use of the surrounds for effects or strong ambience (some thunder sounded particularly convincing), but much of this movie remained dialogue-driven in terms of audio. Audio quality was fine, with natural, clear-sounding dialogue and effects.

EXTRAS: Mennan Yapo and actress Sandra Bullock offer up an audio commentary for the film. There's also deleted scenes and an alternate ending, as well as making of featurettes ("Bringing Order to Chaos") and "Glimpses of the Future"), a gag reel and "Real Premonitions" featurette that looks into real cases.

Final Thoughts: This is certainly not a flawless picture and it's let down by its final moments, but Bullock makes it watchable. The DVD presentation offers fine audio/video quality and a solid set of supplemental features. Rent it for Bullock's fine effort.





Film Grade
The Film C+
DVD Grades
Video 88/B
Audio: 89/B+
Extras: 81/B-


DVD Information





Premonition
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2.35:1
Dolby Digital 5.1
96 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated PG-13
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: Premonition DVD