Knowledge, Faith, Hope, and Love
Release Date: March 16, 2007
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian
McMahon, Nia Long, Kate
Nelligan, and Amber Valletta
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Distributor: MGM/TriStar/Sony Pictures
Director: Mennan Yapo
Executive Producer: Nick Hamson, Andrew Sugerman
and Lars Sylvest
Producer: Ashok Amritraj, Jennifer
Gibgot, Jon J. Jashni, Sunil
Perkash, and Adam Shankman
Writer: Bill Kelly
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
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Feeling stale in her marriage and stuck in the day-to-day monotony of her life, Linda moves through her world with no hope of change. That is, of course, until major change occurs. A police officer arrives at her door and tells her that her husband has just died in a horrible car accident. Not until her husband is in the house the following morning does Linda feel it had only been a terrible dream. However, the next day, she awakens to find her house filled with family and close friends who are there to mourn with her. The day after that, her husband is alive and well. Realizing that she is living her days out of order, Linda fights to create a timeline so that she can stop the impending accident.
As Linda’s week unfolds, Linda learns that her husband planned to have an affair with a co-worker. The adulterous tryst is actually where he was headed when the accident occurred. Linda must then decide if “letting Jim die is the same as killing him.” She goes to her priest. He talks to her of faith and hope and love. She must then decide if she can stand by and let her husband die, or if she will fight to save not only her marriage but also his life.
PREMONITION follows in the vein of other out-of-time thrillers such as MEMENTO. Linda’s overwhelming time displacement adds tension to the story. Overall, the movie is very good. The acting performances are solid, and the director makes some great shot choices that add to the sense of displacement and eeriness. There is also a strong Christian tone with the priest who encourages Linda to once again find her faith, as well as love and hope. The discussion about Christian virtues with the priest leads to some positive, morally uplifting, thought-provoking outcomes. Thus, the movie seems to have a strong Christian worldview in the end.
In criticism, there are a few major timeline discrepancies and continuity errors. When doing an out-of-time thriller such as this, the creators should have taken quite a bit more care to remain consistent. This, of course, is the major setback for the movie.
The movie also contains some violence (such as the car crash) and some disturbing imagery that may be too realistic for younger audiences. There is some strong language at points, including one use of the "f" word. There is also the immoral issue of a husband contemplating an adulterous affair, although he does decide not to because of his family priorities.
Those objectionable points are the reason for the CAUTIONARY rating for younger audiences. However, many older teenagers and adults in many, if not most, Christian communities probably will enjoy this out-of-time thriller that contains a strong message of Christian virtues and moral values.
PREMONITION follows in the vein of other out-of-time thrillers. Despite some weakness in its exposition, the story is entertaining and suspenseful. The acting performances are solid. The director makes some great shot choices that add to the movie's sense of suspense, displacement and eeriness. There is also a strong Christian worldview wherein the priest encourages Linda to find her faith, as well as love and hope. PREMONITION contains, however, some scary elements, violence and foul language.