Premonition

Premonition

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Director: Mennan Yapo

Cast: Mennan Yapo, Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long

     
 

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Devastated upon receiving the news that her husband has been killed in a tragic car accident, a woman wakes up to find him still very much alive as she begins to slip into a confusing world where the past and the future become increasingly difficult to distinguish. Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) was an average housewife with a lovingSee more details below

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Overview

Devastated upon receiving the news that her husband has been killed in a tragic car accident, a woman wakes up to find him still very much alive as she begins to slip into a confusing world where the past and the future become increasingly difficult to distinguish. Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) was an average housewife with a loving family, but when a policeman comes knocking on her door with news that her husband, Jim (Julian McMahon), was involved in a fatal car accident, Linda's world slowly begins to unravel. While her grief is at first overwhelming, Linda assumes that the whole thing was nothing more than a vivid dream when she wakes to find her family still very much intact. With each passing day, however, Linda's reality shifts and her circumstances grow increasingly surreal; one day Jim is dead and the next he is right there by her side. As her investigation leaves her convinced that her husband's death wasn't a dream and that her picture-perfect life may not have been quite as flawless as she thought, Linda embarks on a mind-bending journey to prevent her grim premonition from becoming a reality. Now, in order to save the man she loves, Linda will have to piece together a perplexing mystery that seems to span two separate planes of reality.

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If there were an Oscar given out for poster art, the first one-sheets for Premonition would have been shoo-ins. These ads were not yet emblazoned with the haunted visage of Sandra Bullock, but they did offer up a face -- a face constructed minimally and memorably from bare tree branches. Alas, this stark design was no premonition of what we'd get from Premonition. It's not that the mood isn't there -- director Mennan Yapo and screenwriter Bill Kelly go a lot darker than might be expected with Bullock as the star. Kelly does a decent job keeping track of which information he divulges at which times, so that at least the non-chronological narrative plays by its own rules. The problem is that those rules don't make much sense. Why is Bullock's Linda Hanson living the days surrounding her husband's death out of sequence? Is she crazy? Or is she just caught in a series of conundrums that exists merely for the sake of a clever script? It's risky to legislate the logic of time travel/future sight, but as with most well-worn devices, there are guidelines that cause a viewer either to suspend disbelief, or just to disbelieve. It's possible to sit there and watch the days of Linda's life being shuffled like a deck, to marvel at the basic skill in how it's being executed, and to still find yourself asking, "Well, so what?" One complicating factor is that viewers never quite know if they want her to succeed in saving her husband. It's a good nod toward realism that Julian McMahon hasn't been her perfect spouse, but perhaps Premonition needed less ambiguity in order for viewers to feel emotionally invested in it. Maybe it could have taken the poster's white sky and dark tree branches as an example how to be more black and white.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
UPC:
0043396190597
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
17,641

Special Features

Deleted scenes including an alternate ending with optional director's commentary; Gag reel; Glimpses of the future: making Premonition; Bringing order to chaos; Real premonitions; Commentary with director Mennan Yapo and Sandra Bullock

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Linda Hanson
Julian McMahon Jim Hanson
Nia Long Annie
Kate Nelligan Joanne
Amber Valletta Claire
Peter Stormare Dr. Norman Roth
Shyann McClure Megan Hanson
Courtney Taylor Burness Bridgette Hanson
Marc Macaulay Sheriff Reilly
Irene Ziegler Mrs. Quinn
Phillip DeVona Funeral Attendant
Ritchie Montgomery Funeral Attendant
Matt Moore Young Priest
Laurel Whitsett School Aide
Kristin Ketterer Receptionist
Marcus Brown Bob
Jason Douglas Emergency Room Doctor
Dave Shaffer Doctor's Assistant
Floriana Tullio Nurse
Mark Famiglietti Doug Caruthers
E.J. Stapleton Model Home Salesman
Jude Ciccolella Father Kennedy

Technical Credits
Mennan Yapo Director
Steve Aaron Sound/Sound Designer
Ashok Amritraj Producer
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Jill Chanession Costumes/Costume Designer
Buck Damon Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Fincannon Casting
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Foster Camera Operator
Jennifer Gibgot Producer
Nick Hamson Executive Producer
Jon Jashni Producer
Bill Kelly Screenwriter
Torsten Lippstock Cinematographer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Neal Norton Camera Operator
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sunil Perkash Producer
Jay Scully Casting
Adam Shankman Producer
Tony Steinberg Asst. Director
Andrew Sugerman Executive Producer
Lars Sylvest Executive Producer
Thomas T. Taylor Art Director
Steven Ticknor Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Travis Editor
Dennis Washington Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Premonition
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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