I’m probably one of the biggest Sandra Bullock fans out there. She’s been my girl since her role in Love Potion #9 and I do my part to support every movie she’s ever been in. There are times she is strong—I thought her turn in the maudlin Hope Floats was very commendable—and other times she’s just flat out banal–her role in A Time To Kill could have been played by anybody— so I was curious how she would act in Premonition.
Turns out she met my expectations. She didn’t wow me and she didn’t disappoint; she was just average. Yes, she played the mother role quite well (as she did in Hope Floats) but that was about it. Granted she was emotive, wrenching and just a little bit psychotic through a good portion of the film, but the story just fell flat. So maybe it wasn’t her fault so much as the director or screenwriter’s fault.
Premonition actually jumps into the plot rather quickly: she wakes up one day and her husband is dead, but wakes up a day later, and he’s alive and starts to wonder if she’s going nutso. After that initial premise, the suspenseful turns and the mind games don’t start until about twenty minutes later and then things start to roll. The movie resolves like most supernatural, mind-benders do, with a ton of intricacies but little substance. It isn’t until the harrowing and overwrought final scene that the film actually packs some real wallop.
In the end Premonition brings a ton of issues to the table and gently resolves most of them without ever digging deeper or packing some real flair. Yes, there are some genuine and well-acted scenes in this movie, and, yes, it is entertaining enough to keep you guessing and puzzled, but quite honestly it’s nothing more than a two star movie. My advice is Premonition is only worth a matinée admission and it’s not something I’m recommending to my friends.