Premonition (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve done or experienced something before? Well, that’s called deja vu. Have you ever had a very tangible dream or even a vision of a bad thing to happen to a friend or family member? If so, that’s what scientists refer to as a “premonition”. There are, of course, several people out there who claim to have had a premonition about a certain event, but the thing is that they’re usually too hard to prove or lack the sufficient details that might affect said event from happening. In the film “Premonition”, it begs the question that events actually did happen, but the next day they hadn’t occurred yet. Odd, huh? Sandra Bullock stars as Linda Hanson, a housewife going about her daily routine, only to get a knock at the door telling her that her husband has been killed in a car accident. And, like a fool, I decided to pop this movie in my Blu-ray player right before I left for a 200 mile road trip.

As mentioned above, Linda (Bullock) has just found out that her husband (Julian McMahon from TV’s “Nip/Tuck”) has died in a car accident. She’d just heard a voice mail from him, so she refuses to believe it. She goes through the grieving process only to wake up and find him sleeping next to her. Naturally confused, Linda doesn’t know what to do or who to confide in. She then awakens the next day to find out that he’s “really” dead – again. This on again/off again situation is really hard for Linda (and I can imagine, anyone) to deal with so she starts to do some investigating. There are several unexplained events that make no sense to her, such as why she has a bottle of Lithium from a doctor she’s never met. Her daughter has a scarred face and she sees a mysterious stranger at her husband’s funeral. All of these events are linked; however, she just has to put the pieces of the puzzle together to make sense of everything.

I found “Premonition” to be a pretty novel concept for a movie. It’s somewhat similar to that of “Memento” if you like that whole time/space thing that doesn’t really add up. Oddly enough, in one of the featurettes they play the key events of the week for you in order so that you can follow along more closely, but the film was edited in such a way that the events are much more dramatic during the course of the film. Sandra Bullock, whom I once despised, turns in another good performance here. I find her very natural and maybe I should have given her a chance as an actress to begin with. Or maybe now that she’s (and I) have aged a bit, I can just accept her. Any way you cut it, “Premonition” is certainly an interesting concept for a movie and I hate to sound like a movie trailer, but yes – it will keep you guessing until the very end.

Video: How does it look?

The 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer looks amazing in some scenes and not so amazing in others. There are a few parts of the movie that have a very whitish, blown out look to them and while stylistically it looks pretty cool, I could actually see a little pixilation in some of the parts of the frame. Granted, these are few and far between but they were there. For the most part, the transfer is very sharp and representative of a new to DVD (Blu-ray) film. Flesh tones are a bit on the muted side, but the detail is amazing giving us a very sharp and solid picture throughout.

Audio: How does it sound?

The PCM uncompressed audio track isn’t one of the better ones that I’ve heard, then again I don’t think it was supposed to be. There are some instances in which all five channels do come alive, but not too many. I compared this with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and there’s not a lot of difference between the two. Dialogue is very natural with both and let’s just say that what you’ll get is a very nice-sounding surround track, but not much more.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The supplements are actually fairly interesting and do add a bit to the total package (as good supplements should). We start off with a commentary track by director Mennan Yapo and Sandra Bullock as they give us the low down on the shoot and , of course, the concept behind the movie. Bullock does actually give some pretty decent commentary tracks if I do say so myself. There’s the obligatory “Making of” featurette entitled “Glimpses of the Future” but what I found more interesting was “Real Premonitions” in which a few people are interviewed who have had very real glimpses of either their own future or others. A woman almost convinced herself to not visit Thailand a few years back, when the Tsunami’s struck but did anyway. She even went so far as to leave a note for her family. Obviously she survived, but it’s an intriguing story nonetheless. There are a few deleted scenes with optional commentary as well. There’s a gag reel and lastly the “Bringing Order to Chaos” featurette is the one I mentioned that puts the events of the movie in order from Sunday to Saturday. There’s also the obligatory Blu-ray trailers that hasn’t changed for months.

Note: The cover art above is not representative of the final product cover art. When it becomes available, we’ll post the correct cover art.

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