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Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shyann McClure, Nino Long, Marc Macaulay, Kate Nelligan

Rated: PG-13  for some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: March 16, 2007 Released by: Columbia TriStar

Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) is a real desperate housewife in director, Mennan Yapo's Premonition. She lives a week of her life in random fashion waking in the morning in a new house which her husband (Julian McMahon) purchased as a surprise. In the morning half the time he is there and the other days he is dead.

In her idyllic life her two beautiful little girls go to a private school with a dress code and her house from the twenties imparts a sense of perfection, stability and security. Often during her days which we believe are repeating, we wonder at her actions and in particular why she is sorry for what she said in front of her girls which we could not hear. One morning she walks down stairs into the aftermath of her husbands funeral as friends and her mother (Kate Nelligan) attempt to bring calm with the threat of psychiatric incarceration. The adhesive of her life rips apart and her heart beats rapidly each morning as she discovers what day on the calendar she is living.

We see a dead bird near a clothes line, a blond in a gray car at a funeral and the same clothes washed again. A young girl suddenly has scars and we wonder what happen to the flower stickers as Hanson takes 300 milligrams of lithium. We are constantly led astray yet the questions hold our interest. Are we watching a dream sequence, is anything real, where are we being lead to? Even the shrink (Peter Stormare) appears lost as he takes harsh action against the desperate ravings of Hanson.

All the building of the mystery and twists are enough to hold our attention but the timid ending which softens the irony of Hanson's actions disappoints and leaves us unsatisfied by her Premonition.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Premonition C+ C D D- B C+ B- C

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