Premonition Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Confused—that’s what Sandra Bullocks’ character is in the thriller, Premonition. On a Thursday afternoon, Linda Hanson, the young housewife and mother of two girls, finds out her husband (Julian McMahon) was killed the day before in a horrendous automobile accident. Numbly going through the motions of the evening, she finally falls asleep on the couch with their wedding picture grasped in her arms.
The next morning she wakes up in her bedroom to the sound of someone in the shower. It seems Jim isn’t dead after all. The scenario isn’t all that hard to believe—most people have experienced at least one horrific nightmare that seems so incredibly real it’s hard to shake off.
But for Linda, this nightmare continues. One morning, Jim’s dead. The next morning, he’s alive. One day, she’s at his funeral. The next, she’s visiting him at his office. She also begins to meet strangers who say they know her while familiar people swear they’ve never seen her before. Days come and go out of order and things begin to happen to her and her daughters (Shyann McClure, Courtney Taylor Burness) that she can’t explain. Finally, seeking spiritual guidance from her family’s priest (Jude Ciccolella), Linda realizes the eerie premonitions are meant as a warning.
For emotionally involved audiences, the movie is a grueling watch. It plays on our worst fears of losing a spouse, being forcefully separated from our children, or having to prevail over wrongful accusations. For plot-challenged viewers, the film demands a concentrated effort to follow what’s happening in the jumbled timeline. All too slowly, details unfold as the events of one day explain what happened before it. (Still, don’t spend a lot of time trying to work out the finer points, they never stack up as neatly at home as they did in the theater.)
Like all good suspense stories, the screenplay relies on an ominous musical score and overcast, rain-soaked scenes to propel the story along. Yet all the build up falls incredibly flat. Instead of a payoff, Premonition’s quick twist and abrupt cut to the credits will more likely leave paying customers feeling shortchanged. So if you’ve had any bad feelings about spending money to see this film, you might want to heed them.
Starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon. Theatrical release March 15, 2007. Updated April 1, 2009
Rating & Content Info
Why is Premonition rated PG-13? Premonition is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language.
Aimed at adults, this thriller has dead birds, suspenseful music, eerie moments of d0xE9j0xE0 vu and unexplained details that all add up to a creepy week for Linda Hanson who has a premonition her husband is about to die. A fiery car crash, bloody facial injuries on a child, a suspected adulterous relationship and a poorly handled funeral service create more tension for the sullen, stay-at-home mom who is briefly shown in bed with her husband. Alcohol use and some off-screen cigarette use are also included in the script, along with infrequent vulgarities and one extreme, sexual expletive.
Page last updated April 1, 2009
More parents' guide for Premonition after the break...
Premonition Parents' Guide
Did you spot the smoking scenes? At least two times, Linda is shown supposedly smoking but her hand is held just out of view. Why do you think the filmmakers chose to crop the hand? Why do you think cigarette use would be suggested but not totally shown?
How does the film play on viewers’ fears? What anxieties does it bring to the surface for Linda? Why does she worry about seemingly inconsequential details, like being able to reach the platter on the top shelf?
What challenges do Jim and Linda face in their marriage? How do the warnings influence the way Linda interacts with her husband? Do you believe the future is malleable or cast in stone?
The most recent home video release of Premonition movie is July 16, 2007. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 17 July 2007
Sony Pictures must have had a Premonition about the film’s disappointing conclusion because they have included an alternate ending on the DVD release of this movie. Other places that may shed some light on the production’s creative choices are the audio commentary with director Mennan Yapo and actress Sandra Bullock, and the optional director’s commentary on some deleted scenes. As well, the disc provides Glimpses of the Future (a making-of featurette), Bringing Order to Chaos and Real Premonitions. Just for fun, the studio has also tossed in a gag reel. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and French), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.