Saturday, August 11, 2007
It's hard to write a good, original script about time travel or knowing future events.
A lot of good work went into Premonition, but not enough on creating a successful script. It's kind of a shame. I think there's a good film hidden here someplace. There are moments of strong tension as to what will happen, an interesting mystery, and a potentially riveting personal drama. Still, in addition to a confusing time-line (as the film skips back and forth in time) and the lack of a compelling I-think-I-know-what-will-happen logic, the film is also missing any real interpersonal drama. It's kind of Sandra Bullock acting against herself.
To be perfectly honest, when I heard that Sandra Bullock was in a film about an accident that might or might not happen in the future, and that she was not playing against a strong, well-known male co-star, I had a premonition...
It's sort of a medium energy, mixed up, not very interesting, well-made film. It sounds worse than it is. It's not bad. It's just not good.