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Premonition (2007)

Directed by Mennan Yapo Written by Bill Kelly

While the subject matter of precognition might be difficult for some to believe, the fact remains that one can only attribute so many “coincidences” to being just that. Whether seen as a gift or curse, the notion is that there are those who are able to see our (or their) future as predestined if willing to pay enough attention into our subconscious within the wee hours of the night. The catch, if seeing it as such, being that one rarely is able to intervene with such visions. The relevancy of such being all together questionable in what purpose could there be in taunting you with something unable to change. Hypothetically speaking of course.

After catching the briefest glimpse of life for Jim (Julian McMahon) and Linda (Sandra Bullock) Hanson pre-precognition awareness, we look into a typical day for the wife and mother of two. Checking her messages and receiving a visitor from an officer bearing the worst of news. That her husband had been killed in a car accident the previous day; an impossibility seeing as how she had been sure of just having heard his voice. Steadily making arrangements as her mother arrives to assist with any minor details; though mainly tends to the girls. Going through an entire ordeal to only discover the next day, it had all been a dream. Pretty freakin vivid dream. With the rest of the movie following in a rather confusing state as your shown the days according to the dream realm versus the reality of the situation at hand.

How the week actually progresses:
Sunday: Linda suggest taking the girls out for the day, almost insisting on extra love being given as though knowing something not divulging in. Having an argument later that night in the backyard as lighting strikes the bird found in the trash from the prior dream. Confessing to Jim of having seen his death and sharing a moment of intimacy, which became the deciding factor in how the film is ultimately ended.
Monday: Jim starts to notice his wife’s odd behavior as she comes downstairs, surprised to see him in the kitchen. Her best friend Annie (Nia Long) also taking notice while at the store later that day as Linda seems displaced while placing the groceries into the car.
We’re also given indications of trouble within the marriage as later that night Jim subconsciously turns away from Linda after placing her hand on him in an attempt to forge some small connection.
Tuesday: A confused Linda awakes to find her husband in the shower, entering to embrace him. Later that day arriving at Dr. Roth’s office to ask if he had known her before that encounter, sharing in her dreams had.
Arriving at Jim’s work to talk about his upcoming trip when seeing a familiar face that arises further suspicions not wanting to believe.
Back at home, unable to see the glass door (while running with her head down either way) its no wonder that their eldest daughter goes crashing through such, obtaining scars as though the Bride of Chucky. But seriously, stickers or not, you can’t help but wonder how the incident could possibly be blamed on the mother entirely. Pleading with Jim not to leave on his trip but having him promise to wake her the next day if in fact Wednesday.
Wednesday: Due to all the unexplained behavior lately, Jim (coincidentally) takes it upon himself to visit with his insurance agent to triple his death benefits, ‘just in case.’ On his way out being when he receives a call from Claire (Amber Valletta), confessing his inability to go through with the affair planning to have while away. Leaving the message heard on that Monday as a call from Linda comes in, who had been following closely behind him. Asking him to pull over and turn around; ultimately his death sentence as he finds himself stuck in the middle of the road with a rig plowing over his car, causing an instantaneous death.
Thursday: (What we initially view as the first day) Linda receives the questionable message from Jim before hearing about his death. The distraught mess we’ve already seen played out beginning to settle in as she finds herself stuck in a place unable to see herself getting out of…despite knowing the outcome soon to follow in the next couple of days.
Friday: Meets up with Claire and discovers firsthand knowledge concerning the affair, later discussing such with Annie and how the knowledge would have destroyed their marriage. Perhaps being the way things should have happened in her eyes.
Also speaking with the insurance company as to the odd timing of Jim coming in to change the decree, arriving home with a completely different attitude then the day before. Stating in already having taken care of the funeral arrangements which were to be held the next day. Her mother concerned with her well being as the next days events cause her to arrange her confinement.
Saturday: The oddest of days as Linda arises and freaks everyone out by going downstairs in her pajamas the day of the funeral. Not able to remember much of anything by this point and arriving at the funeral home demanding to see her husbands body. Despite the claims of there having been a severance, she’s left with the horrific sight that is her husband’s head rolling out of the coffin. Taken into custody later that night by Dr. Roth under the suggestion of her mother.

The last 20 minutes or so left to play out these events; everything settling in as Linda and the girls find themselves moving. The last image shown being her growing belly as suggested by Ms. Bulllock herself. Choosing to end things on a ‘high note’ note of some sort that, they could imply that Linda was able to finally move on. Their new child being brought into the world and Jim having set them up for life. But perhaps this would be where my over thinking came into play as I can’t imagine a single mother having to now raise three children alone, would necessarily be any easier after their traumatic ordeal.

The concept was interesting enough, the subject matter something I’ve had an curiosity in for quite some time. The problem however, lay within the finer confines of letting our two main Actors overcome the material to show us something worth viewing while convincing us that they had any chemistry we are otherwise forced to believe existed. When I wasn’t convinced of such. On the one hand, seeing Julian in a film where he wasn’t an outright monster of some kind was a nice change of pace. Though his alleged infidelities were certainly borderline Christian Troy, we don’t actually see much of him through the movie. Versus Sandra, who by this point, has become quite an expert at being awoken by her daughters while in a distressed state of some sort brought on by her husband. Seriously, what’s up with that? Overall not something I’d rush out to see, even when having first been released. But worth a watch if getting past the point that somewhere within the film, you might find yourself saying ‘Ok, now what just happened, and do I even care.’