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PCR # 364  (Vol. 8, No. 11)  This edition is for the week of March 12--18, 2007.

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Movie Review

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
One star

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The Tampa Film Review for March  by Nolan B. Canova
"Premonition"  by Mike Smith
The New Futurians: Frederick Pohl, Harry Harrison, Prof. Rick Wilber, and Rusty Hevelin at USF  by Andy Lalino
Gasparilla Film Fest Memories  by Paul Guzzo
Rondo Awards....Brad Delp -- RIP  by Matt Drinnenberg
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Tri Star Pictures     
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long and Kate Nelligan
Directed by: Mennan Yapo
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins

I sometimes come out of a movie and wonder aloud how it had gotten made. What did some young hot shot say to the wizened old studio head to get the money to finance his big dream? I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when "Premonition" was pitched. I can hear the youngster now: "It's 'What Lies Beneath' meets 'Groundhog Day' with a little bit of 'Titanic' thrown in." Actually, I'm kidding about the "Titanic" part. But since the film made over a billion dollars at the box office it sure can't hurt to throw it in.

Thursday. Linda Hanson (Bullock) hears a knock at the door. Opening it she discovers the local sheriff, who informs her that her husband, Jim (McMahon) has died in a car crash. Yesterday. Linda gathers the kids and her mom (Nelligan) and breaks the news. Exhausted from the news she goes to bed. When she wakes up, Jim is lying next to her. Another nap. Time to make the funeral arrangements. Some more rest and Jim's taking the girls to the park. Confused? Join the club.

A hodge-podge of scenes that could have come from different movies, "Premonition" is a mess. And that mess lies in the script by Bill Kelly, whose first writing effort was the fun film "Blast From The Past." Talk about a sophomore slump. The story jumps from moment to moment, with each one making less sense then the next. Is it Wednesday? Then Jim dies today. What? It's Tuesday. OK, time to hang out in the backyard. Sunday? Jim and the kids go to the park. Or is that Friday? The story keeps hopping around until the audience is as confused as Linda. And in an effort to neatly put this puzzle together the facts presented don't mesh. Turns out Jim's crash was about 10 minutes from the house. So why did it take an entire day to tell Linda? Because if it didn't there would be nothing to do on Thursday. The cast tries hard but are almost defeated before they can begin by the story. Bullock does well as she keeps jumping from one emotion to another and Nelligan is a calming presence as her mother. Peter Stormare is wasted in a small role as a psychiatrist who may know more than he's letting on. I wish he had told me before I took my seat.

"I don't know what to fight for," a tortured Bullock tells her local priest. My suggestion would be better scripts. A couple more like this one and I can see "Speed 3" on the horizon!

On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "Premonition"  One star

This week's movie review of "Premonition" is ©2007 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2007, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2007 by Nolan B. Canova.