2007-03-30 / Columnists

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Review By Robert Snyder

'Premonition' - The Sick Sense

Some 40 years ago, there was a "Twilight Zone' episode, where a man wakes up in a nice suburban bed only to have his wife scream that he's not her husband and, in fact, is a total stranger. Throughout the show, no one recognizes him, until the end when he awakens to his wife in pancake makeup. Once she removes it, he doesn't recognize her.

Having previously made the time-travel mind meld, "The Lake House," actress Sandra Bullock now stars in "Premonition," another trip to the Twilight Zone. Here, she is suburban princess Linda Hanson, who wakes up, takes her little daughters to school and returns home to have a police officer tell her that husband Jim ('"Nip/ Tuck's'" Julian McMahon) was killed the day before in a car accident.

Depression takes hold as her mother, Joanne (Kate Nelligan), initiates a discussion about funeral arrangements and the children are told the terrible truth.

But is it the truth?

The next morning, Linda awakens to find Hubbie very much alive. Relief and bewilderment. Did Linda have a bad dream? Is she on drugs or going insane? This "Groundhog Day," "Sixth Sense," "Memento" scenario by Bill Kelly has Jim dead and not dead over and over again, sending Linda to the nut house (or not?) and into the throes of paranoia over her husband's fidelity and her sanity.

Bullock and Director Mennan Yapo struggle to make "Premonition" make some kind of sense. And though it usually doesn't, it holds audience interest in a wacky "Twilight Zone" way. During one of the dead-Dad periods, Linda is shocked to see her oldest daughter's face covered with stitches and scars. Linda hasn't a clue as to why. Maybe it's another premonition and can be prevented?

One thing that is certain: The love-lights in the marriage were dimming before the bad dreams or non-dreams began. Is Jim's death a form of wish fulfillment? Particularly, since he tripled his life insurance before his fatal accident.

The big question, however, is...why is Sandra Bullock making spooky movies which bomb at the box office, when she could continue her "Miss Congeniality" success? I guess the answer is in the Twilight Zone.

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