Premonition (2007 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mennan Yapo
Produced by Ashok Amritraj
Jon Jashni
Adam Shankman
Jennifer Gibgot
Sunil Perkash
Nick Hamson
Written by Bill Kelly
Starring Sandra Bullock
Julian McMahon
Nia Long
Kate Nelligan
Amber Valletta
Courtney Taylor Burness
Shyann McClure
Music by Klaus Badelt
Cinematography Torsten Lippstock
Edited by Neil Travis
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date
March 16, 2007 (2007-03-16)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $84.1 million[1]

Premonition is a 2007 American supernatural thriller film directed by Mennan Yapo and starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, and Amber Valletta. The film's plot depicts a housewife named Linda who experiences the days surrounding her husband's death in a non-chronological order, and how she attempts to save him from his impending doom.


Jim (Julian McMahon) and Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) are married with two daughters, Megan (Shyann McClure) and Bridgette (Courtney Taylor Burness) but their relationship is faltering. While Jim is away on a business trip, Linda is left to take care of the girls. After Linda listens to a message from Jim, Sheriff Reilly (Marc Macaulay) knocks on the door and tells Linda that her husband died in a car accident on the previous day. Linda’s mother, Joanne (Kate Nelligan) arrives to help the family through its grief. Linda falls asleep on the living room couch, only to wake up in bed instead. She is shocked to see that Jim is downstairs drinking coffee and watching TV. While on the road, Linda is pulled over by Sheriff Reilly and learns that he has no knowledge of her. Before the day ends, she accidentally falls on a dead crow while hanging laundry in her yard.

The next day, Jim is once again dead and Bridgette has a gash on her face. Linda awakes next to an empty bottle of lithium pills, prescribed by Dr. Norman Roth. Family members, along with Linda's friend Annie (Nia Long) attend the burial for Jim. Linda finds Dr. Roth's phone number in the garbage can but his voice mail message states that the office is only open on weekdays. Roth (Peter Stormare) later subdues Linda with two assistants and Sheriff Reilly. Joanne arrives and says that Linda needs to be committed to a mental health facility. Linda wakes up in her bed again and finds Jim in the shower. After dropping the girls off at school, she stops in her driveway and opens the garbage to discover the crow's body inside. She goes to see Dr. Roth who does not recognize her. Linda tells Roth about the premonitions she has been having until he prescribes lithium. Back at the house, Linda sees Bridgette running toward the glass doors. Despite Linda's urging, she runs through it hurting her face and hands. Linda throws Dr. Roth's number in the garbage before realizing that the days are unfolding out of order. She records Tuesday as the current day, Saturday as the funeral's day and Friday as a day yet to come. Before Jim goes to bed she makes him promise that "if tomorrow is Wednesday, please, please wake me up before you leave."

On Friday and visits the insurance agent who tells her that Jim tripled his life insurance benefits on the morning of his accident. On the previous Sunday, Linda visits Father Kennedy (Jude Ciccolella) who tells her a story about a woman with similar experiences who was later hanged for witchcraft. Eventually, Linda visits the site of the accident. She stares at the "Mile 220" sign, which is where Sheriff Reilly told her the accident took place. Images of her family flash before her eyes as Linda tries to decide what to do. That night, Linda puts pressure on Jim and the kids to show more affection for each other. She continues acting strange, so Jim tries to comfort her. She tells him that she’s had a dream where he died. He tells her that it is just a dream and that everything will be fine. A storm rages on and a crow is struck by a falling power line. Linda wakes up in her bed on Wednesday and reads a note from Jim saying that he has taken the kids to school. Linda begins to search for Jim, who then calls the house and leaves the message from the beginning of the film. The two have a reconciliation. Then Linda tries to save Jim from the car accident over the phone; however, her attempt fails. The movie ends with Linda pregnant with another child.



Principal photography mostly took place in Minden and Shreveport, Louisiana. This film is also the first to be co-distributed by TriStar Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


The film was first released in the U.S. on March 16, 2007. The film was not released theatrically in Norway, it was released direct-to-video on January 2, 2008 in that country.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 17, 2007.


Box office[edit]

Premonition opened in 2,831 theaters and came in third place behind 300 and Wild Hogs, opening with $17,558,689 with a $6,202 average. The film stayed in theaters for 7 weeks and grossed $47,852,604 in the United States and $84,146, 832 worldwide.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 8% of 161 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 3.8 out of 10. The site's general consensus is that "Overdosing on flashbacks, and more portentous than profound, the overly obtuse Premonition weakly echoes such twisty classics as Memento, The Sixth Sense, and Groundhog Day."[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from film critics, the film is considered to have "generally unfavorable reviews" with a rating score of 29 based on 30 critics.[3] Despite the weak reviews, several critics, including Rex Reed, commended Sandra Bullock for her performance.[4]


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