Premonition
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2

Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Kate Nelligan, Amber Valletta, Peter Stormare. Psychological thriller. Written by Bill Kelly. Directed by Mennan Yapo.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A womans perfect life is turned upside down when she receives devastating news that her husband had died in a car accident. But the next morning, she wakes up with him by her side, alive and well. She assumes it was a bad dream. But the nightmare is not over. The surreal ordeal keeps happening, with new information given after each terrifying wake-up.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Though a few scenes were clumsily directed, overall, I found myself engrossed by the films cleverness. However, there are some silly moments. At one point, for instance, hearing someone in the shower after her husband is dead, she slowly (and I mean slowly) creeps up to the curtain. With the music building to a jolt, she reaches out and nervously pulls it back, revealing the hubby. He turns to her ala Bobby Ewing in TVs Dallas, as if hes been home all along. The filmmaker would have been wise to set up this situation differently, as the missing-husband-in-the-shower motif has been spoofed numerous times since the Dallas days.

There are other scenes that didnt ring true, but generally it is an involving film, with a strong performance by Ms. Bullock. Whats more, there are several positive messages, including the sanctity of marriage and fighting for whats important in your life. And the film presents a man of God in a positive light (very rare in movies). Disturbed to near madness by the strange occurrences, Ms. Bullocks character goes to see her priest. She has turned to a man of faith for guidance. Whats more, she takes his advice. The film addresses issues of the need for faith, forgiveness, realizing whats important and other spiritual aspects. Though the ending is not the happy one we associate with Sandra Bullock movies, it does offer hope and inspiration.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Sony

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Five obscenities (the s-word and one f-word)
Profanity: Three misuses of Christs name. the expression oh my God is uttered a couple of times.
Violence: We learn of a car crash; later we see a fiery explosion as a gas truck collides with a car; a bird is electrocuted during a storm; a child runs into a glass door and receives stitches. A few jolting moments and some disturbing imagery, such as a woman tripping and falling on a bloodied bird and at one point in her hallucination, she is strapped down and injected with drugs in a sanitarium. Blood: The childs face is bloodied by running into the glass door.
Sexual Intercourse: Implied between a married couple. Adultery is addressed, but a lesson is learned.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Anti-drug message as the lady is prescribed a drug that affects her mind until she stops taking it. The wife smokes a couple of times. Some drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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