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Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) has a loving husband named Jim (Julian McMahon), two adorable daughters, a beautiful home and a seemingly perfect suburban life. Then all that changes suddenly when a police officer comes to her door and delivers some bad news – her husband has been killed in a car accident. Devastated, she does what she can to cope, but when she wakes up the next morning... Jim is alive and well. Was it all a dream? Did she just imagine it all? Everything was SO vivid. She soon discovers that it wasn't just a dream; waking up the next morning to find that Jim is dead (again). Each day it changed, alive again (in the present) or dead again (in the near future) – and she begins to discover that her perfect life wasn't all it seemed to be. Desperate to prevent the things she'd seen in her premonition, she races against time and fate to try to save Jim and preserve the life they'd built together.
"Premonition" has a lot going for it: Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon are both great performers (and very beautiful people), the concept is interesting, and Sandra Bullock is one hell of an actress (she can emote like nobody else and can steal a scene with just one look). In addition, the movie does a fantastic job of immersing the audience into Linda's situation – so much in fact that for the nearly 2/3 of the movie, I kept thinking to myself "this must be what going insane FEELS like." It truly felt as though I were experiencing Linda's situation first-hand, which was very creepy (but very cool at the same time). All those boons aside, "Premonition" does have some major flaws too: the plot is extremely confusing (bouncing around every 10 minutes or so and showing several inconsistencies that really bothered me); the ending makes even less sense; and given that this is Linda's premonition of what's to come, for some reason she does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop it (which makes NO sense whatsoever). The only exception to that statement comes at the very end of the movie when she does try to change something, but by doing so she actually... **on second thought, I'm not going to divulge what happens**. Let's just say that the ending (and even the reason given as to why this was happening to her) was just ridiculous and didn't make any sense. Overall the cast was great, the performances were solid and the premise was quite interesting, but the confusingly flawed storyline and bad ending left a lot to be desired.
"Premonition" is an interesting drama that has the feel of "Memento", looks a little like "Final Destination", and has Sandra Bullock thrown in for added flavor. Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) has a beautiful house, a loving husband and two adorable daughters. Her life is perfect, until the day she receives the devastating news that her husband Jim (Julian McMahon) has died in a car accident. When she wakes up the next morning to find her husband alive and well, she assumes it was all a dream, but is shaken by how vivid it felt. She soon realizes it wasn't a dream, ands her world is turned upside down as surreal circumstances lead her to discover that her perfect life may not have been all that it appeared. Desperate to save her family, Linda begins a furious race against time and fate to try and preserve everything that she and Jim have built together.
Overall, I found this movie to be an interesting drama... not as good as "Memento," but still able to stand on its own merits. I thought the acting was well played and the movie kept going (despite the fact that it jumped around a lot) in a positive direction. The story was well put together and the plot held my attention (otherwise it might have lost me). This is one of those movies that does need to be paid close attention to or you will miss crucial things and you always have to remember that the movie jumps back and forth between Jim's death and when he is alive. With the exception to a few inconsistencies with the plot (such as the daughter in the beginning), I thought it was fairly OK movie overall and a good matinee or rental.
Overall Review: 3 Stars (our of 5). Re-watch Value: Moderate (a matinee or rental).
The collector’s edition of the DVD includes an interview with Maureen O’Hara where she reminisces about filming The Quiet Man, and is well worth watching.