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THE MOVIE: Premonition

Sandra Bullock • Julian McMahon
DIRECTOR: Mennan Yapo

Linda (Sandra Bullock) and the still-alive Jim (Julian McMahon) THE CONCEPT:
Linda Hanson (Bullock) is devastated when her husband Jim (McMahon) is killed in a car accident. Or did she imagine it? When Linda wakes up the following morning her husband is alive. Linda’s traumatizing premonition sets off a series of puzzling, Time-altering events, as she inexplicably lives the days of her life out of order.

U.S. RELEASE: March 16 2007, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“The non-linear structure of the story posed a distinctive technical as well as creative challenge that I couldn’t wait to get started.”

“You always shoot out of order in a film anyway, and in this one the days are already out of order, so I had a really hard time. And I take great pleasure in saying I thought I was going to loose it. I went to Mennan and said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ And he smiled when he heard that, and said, ‘No, that’s exactly where you need to be.’ But I loved working with this director and understood completely the method to his madness that in my unraveling, in this little bubble that we had for three months, I felt like, ‘Okay, I’m going to be fine.’ It’s hard to put yourself in a state of grief like that for three months and not think you’re going to cough up some of your own stuff.”

“I don’t think to be honest I got [the story] at any point in time. I still don’t think I get it really. But I liked the concept of it and I was touched by the story of the family which is an integral part of the movie to me, because without that you didn’t have the body of the movie. You can do the psychological drama, but if you don’t have some kind of reality behind it, I think you’re missing something.”

“I think it was crucial to cast Sandra Bullock. She is the most believable actress that I know. She embodies the character and it was crucial to have someone that the audiences believe. I felt she was the only actress that could do this.”

“I do think there is something to human nature, if you want to call it intuitiveness, gut instinct, people who know things that have happened. No one has proof that I know of that a higher power exists, yet a major portion of the world believes in it and relies on it in faith, in trust. So when someone says to me, ‘I’ve had a bad feeling that something was going to happen and then it did,’ [I believe them]. I don’t know how to explain it. I think there is something bigger than we understand, but I don’t think it’s supported and nurtured in people. I think people think you are crazy and unless it can be proved by science, it’s not valid. But I do believe.”

“The first few times I read the script I was just fascinated by the juxtaposition of Time versus the traveling of the characters, and what they mean to each other. Then I started getting into the whole psychology of it, and after the fifth or sixth time I read it I realized how draining the whole thing is. It’s a devastating psychological thriller.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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