Premonition

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Dark Bullock deja-vu thriller won't interest kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 110 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

As she relives the week of her husband's seemingly inevitable death, Linda learns to appreciate the extra time with him and to make sure he knew how much she and their daughters loved him.

Violence

Some disturbing images: Jim's casket opens, and viewers see a quick glimpse of a severed head (only the hair is shown) falling. Linda falls onto a bloody dead bird in her yard; a young girl accidentally crashes through a glass door, leaving her face bloody and later in stitches; Linda witnesses Jim's graphic, fatal car accident.

Sex

Linda and Jim kiss and are then shown bare-shouldered in bed. Linda discovers her husband was going to have an affair with a co-worker.

Language

The usual: "s--t," "f--k," "damn," etc.

Consumerism

Linda clearly drives a Ford SUV, and Jim works at a Ford car dealership.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Grieving Linda drinks wine and takes prescribed Lithium for her erratic behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if they're looking for the usual bright-faced, charming Sandra Bullock, this dark thriller will be disappointing and potentially confusing. As a new widow reliving the week of her husband's death out of sequence, it's unclear whether Bullock's character is insane, in a drug-induced hallucination, or living in a parallel universe. Several disturbing scenes include seeing a car that has just been crushed, a bloody electrocuted bird, a severed head tumbling out of a casket, a woman being committed to a psychiatric hospital, and a child's wounded face after an accident. The film never reaches a "horror" level of graphic images, but it's certainly too creepy for tweens.

User Reviews

Adult Written byjoeschwarzenneger July 16, 2011
Parent of a 2, 7, and 10 year old Written byHotmama8780 May 6, 2011

Perfect for anyone 10 and up who enjoys movies that test your mind

I love this movie and so do my step kids and my daughter. They are not sheltered so they know to turn their heads if the movie has "Dirty" scenes. I t...
Teen, 16 years old Written byBKrootz March 21, 2011
not a very happy movie. Bad ending. They did not use very many bad words. I think they used 'f' once, d*** once and sh** once, but thats it. I...
Teen, 15 years old Written byVivian_L January 2, 2010

Really good thriller--

Admittedly the first time I saw this movie I really didn't care for it, but when I was just a little older I watched it again and thought it was brilliant!...

What's the story?

Sandra Bullock plays Linda Hanson, a newly widowed stay-at-home mom who wakes up the morning after her husband, Jim's (Julian McMahon), fatal car accident to relive the day before his death. The next day, she awakens to find he's dead again. Her jumps continue with each new day for Linda, as she finds herself going back and forth between the days before and after his death, until she pieces together awful truth surrounding Jim's death.

Is it any good?

Even an avid Sandra Bullock fan would have to admit that, while it's slightly original, PREMONITION also exemplifies what's awful about the time-bending thriller subgenre. The problem, of course, is that she's either insane (or, as a priest suggests, a witch with some sort of "shining") or, perhaps, imagining everything in a Lithium-induced dream. Who can be sure? And a halfway through the movie, who even cares any more?

The point is that Linda uses the days on which Jim is alive to show him that she loves him -- even though they weren't really passionate about each other and she eventually discovers that he crashed on his way to cheat on her. Ultimately, she may or may not have a living husband, but she sure-as-Hollywood gets a treacly end to her Groundhog Day spent in emotional hell.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about thrillers with plot twists. What's the appeal of having a big "surprise" at the end of the movie? Are those surprises always satisfying? Why or why not? What do you think really happened at the end of this particular movie? Families can also talk about life and death and second chances. When given the chance to relive otherwise mundane moments with her husband again, how does Linda act differently? What would you do differently if you had a second chance with someone who's gone?

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