‘Premonition’ Review: A Time Waste In Your Future

Posted in The Screening Room by - November 24, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way, Premonition is not a remake of the 2004 Japanese film. Instead, it’s a film that is popularly regarded to be that. It is a sign of the time it was made, that film buffs can easily believe it’s a remake just based on the title and the fact that it’s a Hollywood movie. I guess it doesn’t help that one can reach he usual conclusion about these kinds of remakes: It’s terrible.

Premonition could basically be called “shit happens to Sandra Bullock except it doesn’t”. It’s about Linda who has a happy marriage and a good relationship with her two young daughters, and one day she receives the news that her husband has died in a car accident. After mourning, she wakes up the next day and realizes he’s still around. Then more stuff happens to Linda, and she realizes none of it has happened yet. Over and over again, until she struggles with her sanity, only that doesn’t go anywhere because the movie is completely uninterested in being interesting.

In some ways, Premonition is a time-loop movie in that Linda goes through some awful things, only to wake up without having them happened. But unlike other similar movies, Linda does absolutely nothing until the very end and this results in a very boring film. I suppose the filmmakers wanted to explore a story about seeing the future and how it can drive the character to insanity, but the story does nothing to actually advance that kind of conflict.

It’s also unintentionally comical in parts. In one scene, Linda is at her husband’s funeral, believing that her husband is not dead, she opens his casket and his head falls off into the street. Maybe there is something wrong with me, but the way it was set up and the way it pays off is too funny to pass up. At the same time, the scene (and really, the whole movie) is shot without any attention to detail or anything that can bring in horror. And the ending, oh boy, I won’t spoil it, but it’s a moment that should’ve been sad but instead, it’s pushed far beyond the limit, making it comical. The movie constantly screws up in crucial points, rendering the movie completely lifeless and worthless.

Sandra Bullock and the rest do fine in the role, they give earnest performances, which in turn, just makes the unintentionally funny moments funnier. That’s about the only truly good thing I can say. I honestly think this is one of the worst movies I have ever watched. It came out in 2007, a year that I regard as one of the best ones for film, but Premonition is so bad that it makes me want to take it down a notch. 

Final Say: Skip It

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Chris Stachiw is the Editor-in-Chief and co-host of the Kulturecast. He's a native Californian with a penchant for sarcasm and a taste for the cinematic bizarre. You'll often find him wandering the wasteland of Nebraska searching for the meaning of life and possibly another rare Pokemon.
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