Minority Report (2002)

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Minority Report (2002)
  • Time: 145 min
  • Genre: Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

Storyline:

In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad “Precrime”. They use three gifted humans (called “Pre-Cogs”) with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system’s flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn’t even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery’s core by finding out the ‘minority report’ which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that “might” tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent.

2 reviews

  • I found this movie like a bitter tablet. It has the right stuff inside but is not honey-dipped or sugar coated. But what is important here is that IT works!

    This is one of the rare movies which gets better with multiple viewing. I saw this movie on TV, I saw it because of Spielberg and Tom Cruise. What a combination! The movie is set in 2054, and the technology showed is spectacular. The discs, the computer screens, eye scanners, helicopters, cars, etc everything was very interesting and believable. The concept of the movie is very original and thought provoking. The way Anderton does his job is amazing. The first part of the movie is an introduction for us about how pre-crime works.

    Slowly the story takes a roller coaster ride and keeps the audience glued to their seats. The story is very intriguing. Direction is fantastic. The part where Agatha leads Anderton to escape the cops is very very interesting. And there are many other interesting sequences throughout the movie including some twists. The concept of “echo” and “minority report” is very thought provoking. And the concept of seeing the future and having a choice to make a wise decision is very interestingly showcased.

    Overall this is a no-nonsense movie. Very high on intellectual and technical level. But the problems I personally have with this movie are that it sometimes looks dull because of the background texture, Tom Cruise was like a puppet in the hands of Spielberg throughout the movie, it was difficult to connect with him because he dint show any expressions on his face, even in the action sequences. Agatha had performed well but was very irritating at times. Background score could have been better to add to the intensity of the drama. So the presentation of the movie was not good enough. Much like a bitter tablet which does its work but has bad taste. These are IMO the backdrops of the movie. But like I said it works!

    Overall I rate it 8/10.

  • Based on a short story by the great sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, whose work inspired popular films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), and Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall (1990), the film adaptation of Minority Report is a cause for celebration for fans of the genre. Directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2002, Minority Report may be the most entertaining, cerebral sci-fi thriller of the 2000s decade.

    For a Spielberg picture, Minority Report is quite underrated; it is not very often cited among “Spielberg’s Popcorn Greats” such as Jaws (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and Jurassic Park (1993), and I feel that needs to change now.

    Minority Report is set in the future in which criminals are caught before they commit their crimes. A special Pre-Crime unit headed by John Anderton (Tom Cruise) takes advantage of three “Pre-Cogs” who have the ability to “see” a crime, and identify its perpetrator and victim before the crime is committed. T

    his has effectively prevented criminals acts from happening for years…until one day the system accuses John of murdering a stranger called Leo Crow. Determined to prove his innocence, John has to escape from the clutches of Pre-Crime officers hunting for him while trying to find answers to his predicament.

    First, Spielberg’s direction is top-notch. He sets up the story and introduces how Pre-Crime works in a lengthy prologue that is an exciting prelude of what is to come. With an extremely potent blend of quick cuts and kinetic movements within shots, the film is fast-paced, engaging, and in some parts, very tense.

    One sequence, in which electronic spiders scurry about in an apartment to find John, is vintage Spielberg. In an elaborate long take in this sequence, the camera rises above a huge set consisting of rooms and walls as it tracks in and out as if spying on its occupants.

    In addition, towards the end of the above-mentioned sequence, there is a bathtub scene that gives Minority Report its most suspenseful peak. In the canon of Spielberg’s “moments”, this should be considered one of them.

    Interestingly, the approach is quite similar to the “alien pod in the basement” sequence in War of the Worlds (2005), another underrated Spielberg sci-fi thriller. Cruise, who appears in both films, gives a decent performance here, and he is ably backed up by a strong supporting cast consisting of Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Samantha Morton.

    Spielberg keeps audiences on their toes by structuring the film like a mystery. There is a sinister truth, in fact multiple truths, that await Cruise’s character (and the viewer). And the payoff is beyond expectations.

    Twisting and turning like a writhing snake, Minority Report haunts as much as it entertains. It is Spielberg at his best, and for those who deride Hollywood for their infamous ability to churn out brainless popcorn flicks, here is one very excellent example of the contrary.

    GRADE: A+ (9.5/10)

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