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A special unit of police have developed a successful way to catch criminals before they commit their crimes.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD
Set in the chillingly possible future of 2054, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is arguably the most intelligently provocative sci-fi thriller since Blade Runner. Like Ridley Scott's "future noir" classic, Spielberg's gritty vision was freely adapted from a story by Philip K. Dick, with its central premise of "Precrime" law enforcement, totally reliant on three isolated human "precogs" capable (due to drug-related mutation) of envisioning murders before they're committed. As Precrime's confident captain, Tom Cruise preempts these killings like a true action hero, only to run for his life when he is himself implicated in one of the precogs' visions. Inspired by the brainstorming of expert futurists, Spielberg packs this paranoid chase with potential conspirators (Max Von Sydow, Colin Farrell), domestic tragedy, and a heartbreaking precog pawn (Samantha Morton), while Cruise's performance gains depth and substance with each passing scene. Making judicious use of astonishing special effects, Minority Report brilliantly extrapolates a future that's utterly convincing, and too close for comfort. --Jeff Shannon
- Entertaining adaptation of Dick's classic short story
"Minority Report," like "Bladerunner," is based on a Philip K. Dick story (although this time a short story). The plot revolves around a future where murders have almost been eliminated, thanks to a technology that allows the protagonist, John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise) to see into the future and stop a murderer before the act has been committed. The plot, which is excellent, is only half of the reason this film makes the list. The film resembles "Bladerunner," in more ways than having been based on a Dick story; the world it takes place in is beautifully detailed and believable, one in which scanners on billboards read your identity and then produce a specialized advertisement just for you. The future portrayed is believable, both gritty and sleek, and the ethical questions raised by the film are especially poignant as we increasingly live a world were we are videoed, photographed, and observed on a greater, and greater level. ...more info
- Love the movie But...
THe "widescreen" copy I got is really a wide screen image on a 4:3 black background....more info
- If I could this movie a billion stars I would
BEST MOVIE EVER!!!! I love this movie I even counted how much I watched it. I watched it 5 to 6 times infact I have to go watch it again bye.
In the future, murders have run rampant, spilt blood seeping right over the vacillating thin-blue-line. Many have lost loved ones and never get a sense of closure nor the sense of peace provided by the exercise of justice. The chief of the experimental pre-crime unit, John Anderton, never questions the ethics of keeping three mentally handicapped "pre-cogs" captive to utilize their abilities to foresee and prevent would-be murders; as far as anyone knows, there are no flaws in the system--with the system in place, every murder in Washington D.C. has been averted. He never questions whether or not would-be murderers could possibly change their own destiny. He doesn't quesion at all, until his own people attempt to arrest him for the vision of Anderton killing a mysterious man called Crow. People's impression of this movie is so varied one from another that it is nearly impossible to draw any conclusions from anyone's review. What most people are here to determine is whether or not they want to buy this movie. If you've already seen it and liked it, I guarantee you won't regret buying it. It is worth watching multiple times. If you've seen it and weren't too enthusiastic about it, try watching it again. You might change your mind, as your expectations of it are more realistic: it's not a popcorn thriller. It doesn't manipulate people with movie cliches nor is it filled with superfuous special effects put there primarily to excite people their first time watching. Instead we have something profoundly disturbing, moving and edifying all in one package. The themes are profound: predestination, the conflict of principle vs. uility, loss and healing. There is art, imagery and imagination and--as would be expected--it's impossible to ignore Cruise's earnest portrayal of the instensely conflicted protagonist. For many people, Minority Report belongs on the shelf next to their most prized DVD's. ...more info
- Speilberg's greatest ever - a masterpiece.
This film is simply Speilberg's finest hour. He will never top this, and yes I know I'm talking about the man who directed Jaws, ET, Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List etc. This film has everything - breathtaking and groundbreaking special effects, a fabulous cast with superb performances (Cruise's finest since 'Born on the 4th of July' which was a tour de force) and an intricate byzantine plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. And I defy anyone to understand the incredibly complex and fast moving story the first time. But that's perfect as everytime I viewed it, it was as visually thrilling and exciting as the first time. An absolute classic, thoroughly compelling, gripping, engaging and stunning from start to finish....more info
- Underrated & A Film To Think About
This gets high marks for being an involving film that, despite a long length of almost two- and-a-half hours, keeps ones interest all the way. Being a Steven Spielberg-directed film, it's no surprise that the photography is first-rate. This is nice-looking movie. Tom Cruise also was very good in here, not the obnoxious character he sometimes portrays (or did more often in his younger days.).
The film is a good mixture of action and suspense. Only the one chase scene was overdone with Rambo-like mentality of the good guys not getting hit when they should, and vice- versa. The subject matter is interesting, too: what would do you (or the police) had very reliable information on crimes that were about to be committed, that you could prevent things from happening before they actually did?
I am of the opinion that this is one of Spielberg's underrated gems....more info
Minority Report brings to the screen a fascinating view of the future where law enforcement is in the hands of Precrime and arrests are made based on visions provided by three genetically tampered humans who can see into the future. When the pride of the Force, Chief John Anderton, is accused of a crime he will commit, he takes a path, which leads him to discover things that will shake the very foundations of society...
Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well.
The setting, the plot, the dialogues, the music, the action sequences, and the special effects are all wonderful!
Minority Report will surely provide for an evening's entertainment, as it is one of those films that gets you and keeps you thinking long after it's over!
- Some amazing visuals and an interesting if somewhat depressing story
You will see things in this movie you have never seem before. The action is done in new and interesting ways. The plot is interesting (especially for what is really an action flick) and will keep you involved all the way through.
All of the actors give very good performances and though the special effects are quite amazing they are used in the service of the story. One little example is the animated cereal box that irritates Anderton (Tom Cruise) so he chucks it across the room. The point is on Anderton not the box even though that effect is interesting. There are many many many effects like that in this movie.
While I enjoyed the movie a great deal there were a couple or three scenes that caused me real discomfort. I think (and feel free to disagree with me on this) that some things in this movie aren't for people under sixteen even though it is rated PG-13 it does have some sexual scenes that while not overt would make me uncomfortable with my 14 year old with me.
I liked the movie enough to want it to be a big success, but not enough to tell my kids to go see it. I think it is a better movie that "Sum of All Fears" which I also liked, but I would rather my kids saw that movie. This movie is an action movie, but has enough of a point to almost be a serious piece - it really is that interesting. However, it pulls back from a serious examination of the points it raises - but that isn't the point of this movie, is it?
It IS really an action movie, so let's not begrudge it its true nature. Don't get too bent out of shape at the gaps in the logic of the plot. As in all noir films, there is FUN to be had in all the movie misery and pain (which woludn't be fun in real life).
But if you love an involved and interesting story, and relish seeing things you haven't seen before this is a good movie for you. Just beware of that it will be a rough ride at a couple of spots along the way....more info
- Ambitious But Nearly A Miss
Argubly one of the best sci-fi stories made to film since Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Minority Report features the main theme to be questioned - Is it possible that we can stop a crime from being committed before hand? The Pre-Cogs are the driving force behind the concept backed up by solid technology of the mid 21st century. But there's a catch...is there a chance of catching the wrong person and letting the real guilty party walk away free? The idea of a pre-crime division has become a subject of fascination and debate among top scientists in the world as well as those in the government law-enforcement agencies today.
This is Cruise and Spielberg's first collaboration ever - but their relationship evolved way back in 1987. Originally slated to work together in Rain Man, Spielberg had to leave following work on the third Indiana Jones movie. While the novella presents the overall outline and concept of the story, filmmakers expanded the scope by putting in noir, mystery elements with a personal character driven-element of our protagonist (we see it in the middle of the movie) together with the futuristic impression of what's it like in 2054. And the story has evolved a lot more better than its novella due to pre-production delays.
Production values were high here from its designs to visuals as well as to its convincing acting and sounds/music. Most of the crew whom worked with Spielberg were veterans in the business having collaborated with him personally in more than 10 of his films. As an anecdote for the visuals, even though grainy and blue in hues and partly hand-held, they are part of artistic reasons - showing the kind of guerilla-filmmaking in the future and intending to make audiences feel the coldness, immediate
danger and the feeling of participation. Towards the end of the opening segment, audiences were given an emotional scare - a 30-second countdown (if you time properly) for Anderton to reach the room. What about the eye-candy shots (Part of what Spielberg films have) of components lowering down in the car factory? Those shots let you feel of being in a roller coaster thing. Those two above demonstrates the great editing that makes the movie less than boring.
Eagle-eye fans of Kubrick's films would be happy to see several moments that serves as homages to Kubrick. Also, the car-factory segment is actually Ernest Lehman's abandoned concept for supposed to be scene in North By Northwest.
Despite big production value, the weakest link of the movie is indeed some of the elements in the movie itself. The ending was quite a difficult thing to work out after well built and thought-out first two acts of the movie. Filmmakers were trying to come out with a satisfying end but still lacks the expected standard. As we go into the second act, there's a loophole maybe more than one. For instance after Anderton is declared a fugitive most systems in the Pre-Crime HQ should no longer accept his entry but the logic was not appropriate. The worst of all is that by the second-act it is detracting from a supposed to be noir story as Lara was brought in into the fray. The old man Burgess was the most wasted character of all - he should be given more depth.
Nonetheless, it's a great sci-fi story taken from Phillip Dick's vision of the future to the current reality. It's worth the watch, even though it's a lengthy 150 minute feature.
Just watch it and be immersed with the future.
[Reviewed by my friend Melvin, from Malaysia]...more info
- Zero Stars if I could. Worst movie ever. How bad can they get?
This "film" is the worst movie i have ever seen. Well, we all have seen some real stinkers, though. THis one is very high on the stinker list. It is right there along with Wild Wild West, War of the worlds, Day after tomorrow, and Independence Day. bad acting, bad plot, totally boring. Non-eventful and totally implausible. Last I saw the white house was still standing; unfortunately, it has some boob running it with his henchmen. THe U.S. may has well as invaded costa rica instead of Iraq. There was no reason to at all. They put fear in the populace and all of the sheep ate it up like hog-slop and rewarded him with another term. Absolutely disgraceful. I am embarrassed to be a US citizen.
Back to the movie; this film is terrible. Don't waste your time. IT is a poorly written script, bad story, and bad acting. Tom Cruise should learn his lesson from working with spielberg and not make another stinker with him. He will be hard pressed to ever top his work with Oliver Stone. Tom is capable of so much better. SO is colin farrell. ...more info
- Tricky, complex, complicated future
The human race has always been obsessed by the future, which is probably one distinctive trait that makes it human and takes it out of animality. Humanity has to plan its future in order to survive, hence it has to predict its future needs. But humanity remains an animal race in many ways, including of course its survival instinct. So crime is part of the picture, what we call crime in our human ethics. But this is nothing but the individual survival instinct that goes against the collective survival instinct. Then the collectivity, human society decides to consider the individual survival instinct as being a crime and as deserving punishment. It is, and has been, tempting to predict what and which indidviduals will become cirminals in order to prevent that crime. It was for instance suggested under President Nixon to preventively take away into reform schools all the kids, aged six or seven, that had the ? typical criminal ? psychology before they realized their destiny which was considered as unescapable and necessarily criminal. This approach was essentially behavioral. Then another appeared, essentially genetic this time and some still believe that the DNA of any individual contains its destiny that is absolutely unescapable. So let us put away those who have the ? crime ? genes. Steven Spielberg deals with this dilemma but based this time on a modern embodiment of the seers of old. Three people have been transformed by some genetic manipulation into seers of the future and their predictions are considered as absolutely infallible since they always seem to agree. Then the criminals are arrested before they commit their crime and put away. The effect is the disappearance of crime from Washington D.C. in just a few years. But Steven Spielberg goes further and demonstrates that there are several flaws in this theory. First the three seers don't always agree and there might be a minority report from one of them that is over-ruled by the two others and not communicated to the precrime police. Then this precrime police is a private enterprise and it was necessary to prove its efficiency to get the business. Little by little it appears that the founder of this technology manipulated it in order to prove his theory by arresting someone who was supposed to kill a woman just before he did. That one was paid by the inventor who then afterward committed himself the very crime exactly the way it was supposed to happen which enabled this second crime to be understood by technicians as a simple echo of the first one that was prevented and to be disregarded. The death of the woman only became a missing person. That is the flaw of the film : why didn't anyone investigate this ? disappearance ? ? But then he also had to trick his own associate, the main detective of this precrime police. He does that by getting the latter's son killed in such a way that the crime will remain unsolved. But this enables the boss to nourish in his aassociate a desire to know who killed his son. This associate's coming around to that knowledge will make him become a criminal and thus he will be neutralized and put away but after the crime is committed for reasons that are not clear. But a few facts were brought together and sorted out by this cop's wife and then she manages to get her husband free, which sounds quite iffy, and this triggers a full process of truth discovery and public broadcasting. The end is yours to discover. But this approach, with marvellous special effects and beautiful action, seems to overkill the point it wants to make : The future is unescapable and predictable, and yet the future can be tampered with and manipulated. The first principle is excessive and even wrong. The second is probably true. But both together are just absurd because contradictory. The point is then disproved by this very contradiction. But it is a great film nevertheless that reveals this question of the future and its possible prediction is essential to man and humanity.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne...more info
- Best SF classic of the new millenium yet
Every decade seems to spawn no more then 10 major SF classics worth watching again and again ( my personal litmus test of quality).The 80's seem to have the lead in this field (Blade Runner ,Alien I & II , Empire Strikes Back , Conan , Philadelphia Experiment , The Abyss , Back to the Future Trilogy , They Live , Star Track Wrath Of Khan , some others as well ). The 90's OTOH were a disappointment , only a few Sci-Fi flicks seem to me to have been memorable : Starship Troopers ,Total Recall Blade I and The Matrix .
I was thrilled therefore in 2002 when Minority Report came out .Seemed that the new decade was off to a great start. The overreliance of CGI spawning soulless forgettable tripe like the new Star Wars series snozefest seem to have been overcome .MR arguably stacked up right up there with the classics of the 80's and the balance between storyline and CGI seemed to have been struck . . Sadly it's 2007 and the only a few other movies which seem to have entered my personal hall of fame in this field are (more or less ) War of the Worlds (Spielberg again) and Apocalypto . I Robot barely makes it . Looks like the first 10 years of the new millennium are going to come up the driest yet as far as Sci-Fi classics go . ...more info
- The Eyes Have It
This movie made me squirrely, disconcerted, agitated, not because it was a movie with an important message to convey, but because it was exploitive and edgy just for the sake of edginess.
It's a futuristic overwrought work in which a precrime unit in Washington, DC, in 2054 prevents murders by using pre-cogs, pre-cognitive slaves who can see into the future and predict crimes that are going to take place. The three pre-cogs, male twins and a woman are kept in a vat of water with electrodes attached. The means justifies the ends, get it.
Tom Cruise is head of the unit; he's an anally-retentive, wired spring about to snap. He seems constipated or suffering from hemorrhoids throughout. He plays the role with extreme seriousness. Warning: the series of scenes about his eyes are very disconcerting. Scanners can identify people by their eyes so you get the picture.
Without giving any of the plot away, it's sufficient to say all the stuff regarding Tom Cruise's eyes is excruciatingly painful to view.
It's an unrelenting movie in which the tables are turned, and the crime fighters target Cruise. In super-hero fashion he fights off platoons of "cops," and learns that he has been set up. His escape with the female pre-cog is harrowing and too disconcerting. He performs unbelievable feats in his escape.
Max von Sydow is very good as Cruise's wily boss. Colin Farrell has a one-dimensional role that doesn't give him a chance to show off his real acting talent. Veteran actress Lois Smith is very good as the morally reprehensible "mad" scientist who even makes a pass at Cruise.
If this is your taste, you'll love it. If it isn't, you may cringe. Optical surgeons may shed a few tears over it. I realize mine is a minority report; most people are going be ga-ga eyed over this flick.
- An All-Around Great Science Fiction Film!
My wife & I are not big sci-fi fans, but we really enjoyed "Minority Report". The story, the action, and the hi-tech gadgets are all great. Tom Cruise is effective in the lead role and we can actually forget that he is Tom Cruise and just enjoy his character! A fun ride from beginning to end....more info
- an amazing/dark sci fi movie.
i thought this movie was going to be a little darker than usual for spielberg,and it was.the mood of the film really helps it in the end,though.tom cruise gives another underrated performance and spielberg shows off his expensive special effects (with good reason).the entire movie is very trippy.add another good phillip k. dick adaptation to the list!...more info
- Overall one of the best films of 2002!
One of the smartest movies to come out in 2002, `Minority Report' is a film that dazzles and frazzles me every time I sit down to watch it. As many of my friends know, I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. I think he's a highly overrated actor who receives far too much attention and praise for his own good, but I've always said that he knows how to pick a movie. A lot of my favorite films (`Eyes Wide Shut', `Minority Report', `Vanilla Sky' & any of the `Mission Impossible' films just to mention a few) are Tom Cruise Vehicles. This film is no exception, but here Tom is far outweighed by the strength of his co-stars Samantha Morton and the new kid on the block Colin Farrell.
The premise takes place in the not so distant future of 2054 when crime is all but non-existent because of a new `precrime' division of local law. This division is spearheaded by John Anderton (Cruise), a man haunted by the disappearance of his son six years prior and is now determined to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Relying on the premonitions of three `pre-cogs' (three children born to drug addicts who suffer from a horrible gift enabling them to see murders before they actually happen), this team has been able to all but eradicate murder as a whole.
Just as the morals and accuracy of the project are brought into question by Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) it appears the pre-cogs predict that John himself is to murder a man he's never met. This catapults John into a game of cat and mouse as he tries to prove his innocence while uncovering a strange murder that pre-cog Agatha (Samantha Morton) keeps seeing over and over.
Steven Spielberg's direction here is fantastic. Visually this movie is stunning from start to finish, and plot-wise this is a film that will keep you intrigued and involved. Samantha Morton is stunning as usual, completely stealing every scene she's in and becoming her character mind, body and soul. Colin Farrell makes a fine breakout here, stealing scene after scene from Cruise and proving to be the more charismatic and entertaining actor of the two. Max von Sydow also pulls out a nice little performance as the ambiguous Lamar Burgess, mentor to the now troubled John. It was also nice to see Kathryn Morris (of `Cold Case' fame) here as Lara, John's ex-wife. It's not that Tom is awful here, he actually pulls out a nice performance, but he's easily overshadowed by the finer actors (Morton in particular who dominates everyone of her scenes) and just continues to shock me with his constant undue praise.
Overall `Minority Report' is one of the best films of 2002, visually, intellectually and entertaining-wise. It's a complete joyride from start to finish despite Tom and is well worth multiple viewings....more info
- Fitting of the time
I must confess that some of the philosophical undertones of this movie were poignant to me. Nonetheless, I found this movie difficult to endure. The plot wasn't very suspenseful, although it was clever. Some of the major plot twists were very predictable while subtle details were handled in a creative fashion. **My personal disclaimer is that I think such notions of law enforcement are absolutely preposterous, and my stance on the issue left me too far removed from the debate to even enjoy the exploration of the possibilities. That said, I think the filmmakers employed some cute effects, and the vision of our world in the future was eye-candy....more info
- The Eyes have it!
"Minority Report" is a glossy, glimmery, gossamer, ultimately empty little flick: use it as a pretty screen saver on your 65" Plasma HDTV while you're waiting to watch a better film. It's the cinematic equivalent of Japanese food: looks nice, smells nice, goes down easy, and 15 minutes later you'll be hungry again.
There is, however, a slight catch.
Like uber-Filmmeister Steven Spielberg's other mega-flop "A.I.", "Minority Report" has already been done better, faster, smarter, and wiser: see "Blade Runner" for the soul-crushing dilemma of whether it's moral to use a machine to do things no human would do, or even "Kafka" for an incisive study into the guts of a society that would judge a victim guilty before a crime even occurs.
So why give this pretty, shiny, happy, but empty movie even two stars? Because it has a singularly impressive, very nasty sick joke, played (best of all) on Tom Cruise.
At one point in the flick, Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise) goes to a black-market eyeball surgeon for a little much-needed wetware transplant. I love Peter Stormare: I usually relish his insanity, and in "Minority Report" he's in top form. That alone earns the flick gets one star.
One extra star goes for the rotten ham sandwich in the refrigerator. Dr. Eddie leaves some milk and a fresh sandwich for his patient when he ultimately comes to his senses, then scoots: Cruise wakes up hours later, mostly blind, and staggers to the fridge for a little late night snack.
Unfortunately for Cruise, Dr. Eddie isn't a very tidy housekeeper.
See, there's a bottle of curdled milk and a rotten ham sandwich (evidently intended for an earlier patient), in close proximity to the fresh stuff. Moral: before eating the unidentified and sight-unseen ham sandwich in the underground surgeon's refrigerator, always do a smell-test.
Where were we? Ah yes: the soul-crushing ethical dilemma is the new Department of Pre-Crime with its Amazing Young Men (and Woman) in their Psycho-tropic Fluid Machine, who can aid law enforcement in tracking down crime before it actually occurs! Call John Ashcroft!
But wait a minute---you're not here to spend two hours wrestling with a soul-crushing moral and ethical dilemma concerning civil rights and free will, are you? Naw, man---you're here to see Tom Cruise and high-tech shiny things!
And in that department "Minority Report" fulfills in spades. It's what would happen if "Crate & Barrel" had a movie for a twin sister.
Tom Cruise does is spot-on in his one-note role as the obsessive Pre-Crime honcho Jon Anderton, and fingers those psych-profiles like a pro. Samantha Morton (Agatha) is spot-on in her one-note role as the pool-bound female psy-op, and proves girls just wanna have fun.
Colin Farrel (Detective Witwer) is spot-on in his one-note role as the obsessive detective. Max Von Sydow (Director Burgess) is spot-on in his one-note role as the cackling founder of Pre-Crime with a deep dark secret (and a ridiculous plot twist). Neal McDonough (Officer Fletcher), as usual, gets no respect in his role as a tough-as-nails soldier, but does get a wild ride up to the top of the city with Tom Cruise, which is more than most can say. The futuristic Lexus Mark-12 is spot-on in its one-note role as the futuristic Lexus Mark-12.
Again, it looks really pretty on a high-end plasma TV, and it's got Pete Stormare and a rotten ham-sandwich. You could do worse with your two hours.
This movie has all the makings of a classic. Great Sci-Fi with a turn the tables story that is compelling and engaging. Just enough in the way of special effects as to not detract from the story but to convey a future of both optimism and the terror associated with too much trust in technology and human institutions.
In all, great storytelling! ...more info
- "The system is perfect."
A few unfortunate children were born with psychic ability to see the future. Unfortunate, because they saw only the most shocking events, murders. Once this ability was realized, they became organic components in a massive machine. The Pre-Crime machine's purpose was to stop the murder that was about to happen, rather than solve it after the fact. Once the system is put in place, the murder rate goes to zero - the system is perfect.
But of course, it's not. In fact, this movie turns into a murder mystery of the kind that the perfect system was meant to end. It's a thoughtful movie, with cause and effect rattling backward and forward through time. There's one good action sequence, though, when Tom Cruise (playing John Anderton) runs from arrest for the crime he didn't yet commit. Saying more would say too much, but Max von Sydow (as head of Pre-Crime), Samantha Morton (as one of the psychics) and others all put in good performances.
The movie ends on a hopeful note. People can see mistakes and fix them, even mistakes on so huge a social scale. Maybe the system isn't perfect, but it keeps trying.
- Spielberg doing what he does best.
Minority Report is a sci-fi thriller that poses the question, if you haven't commited a crime yet, how can you be charged for it. That's what John Anderton has to come to terms with when he's accused of the murder of a amn he does not know. This sends him on a tale that'll change his life.
Wonderful movie. Well crafted, beautiful, and a fun ride as well. Steven Spielberg crafts yet another wonderful movie to watch. You won't be disappointed.
Highly recommended....more info
- Minority Report Review
The "pre-cog" crime thing was popular in '60s and '70s sci-fi. It's good to see it modernized in film. The plot strays far from the short story's. Yet it does, somehow, stay true to the author's typical formula and... weirdness. Great sets, acting, and special effects carry a gritty suspense story across the screen, darkly. Very enjoyable....more info
- Plot Holes of the FUTURE
After the first viewing of Minority Report I loved it. After a second viewing I liked it. The problem is the plot holes become increasingly distracting the more times the movie is watched. One of the fundamental rules of fantasy and science fiction is when you establish the rules of the world you're creating you owe it to your audience to stick to those rules.
In the case of `Minority Report' the established rules are as follows. The police of the future, through a series of circumstances, find themselves the possessors of three `precogs' (psychics with precognition). However, the movie is very explicit that the only future events they can see are murders (because murders are the most emotional of crimes). The three psychics are able to transmit hazy images of the future crime and it's up to John Anderton (Tom Cruise) to decipher the psychic messages. All three psychics are required and although the three psychics are always correct they don't always agree. If two out of three agree the majority wins and the minority opinion is stored away in a classified `minority report'. If the public were made aware that the precogs occasionally disagreed bye bye pre-crime division. Everything is running along smoothly until Cruise finds himself observing a future murder where he is the killer of a man he's never even met.
The main problem with the movie is that the conspiracy against Cruise could never possibly work. Cruise uses the precognicient vision in order to track down the man he was supposedly going to kill. How could the precogs have possibly fortold a future that couldn't possibly occur without the existence of the precognition? It sets up an impossible loop. The second big problem occurs after Cruise kidnaps the most talented of the three precogs in order to extract the Minority Report from her brain. The movie was very explicit that the precogs only predicted murders AND require all three yet suddenly she's not only able to predict non murder futures she seems to be able to predict all possible futures. And why would the plot suddenly give her a power that seems to dwarf the ability to see future murders? The answer is plot convenience. In one part she even is given the ability to see visions of futures that couldn't possible occur and just as suddenly as her omniscience arrives it vanishes as needed to push forward the plot. The third problem is that the final precognition is clearly wrong despite the movies insistence that the precogs are never wrong. A `murder' did NOT occur unless suicide is considered murder and the precogs vision was completely different from the events shown. It's a bewildering finale to a movie filled with plot holes.
The lazy scripting takes away a lot but with Steven Spielberg directing the pacing and presentation is top notch. Mr. Spielberg uses an interesting visual style that gives the entire movie a dreamlike quality and the money spent is pretty apparent on the screen. If you are the type of viewer who can shut his/her brain off it's a five star film but if you spend a lot of time contemplating the nuances of a film it's a three star affair. I'll compromise and give it four.
- Good movie despite Cruise.
While I've never been a Tom Cruise fan, he is good in this movie, bearable even, and it's extremely entertaining. It's refreshing to see a science fiction movie presenting an interesting idea rather than a series of special effects. Here, the special effects serve the story, and with Spielberg involved you can expect it to be done well, which it is.
This is one of those movies where I don't think it's necessary to know more than the basic premise, so I won't go into the story.
I highly recommend this....more info
- nice plot
this movie is worth buying, the plot and the actors are very good. i'd recommmend this to everybody....more info
- a top notch sci fi thriller
A great science fiction thriller is also one of Spielberg's strongest films. It earned four Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. It also earned an Academy Award nomination for best sound Editing. A Great plot is the key to any compelling science fiction film and this one is very thought provoking. set in Washinton D.C. during the year 2054 Thanks to three "precogs and technology built around their ability to see murders before they happen, the city has gone six years without a homicide. The group making use of the precogs is called the "Department of Pre-Crime"; the police officers and detectives within the department are empowered to act on their foreknowledge, arresting people who are about to commit a murder, and imprisoning them without a trial in a "Hall of Containment" using technology even crueler than that used to make use of the precogs. The story asks many moral and ethical questions about what types of freedoms would you give up to live in a safe invoronment. The film has cool gadgets and weapons, and new hip looking transit system and a more rundown looking part of the city called the "sprawl". The Tom Cruise Character has depth and has a tragic past that makes his plight very believable. I love this movie and watch it often....more info
- What if you were accused of a murder you hadn't committed yet??
This intelligent science fiction movie is based on the short story "The Minority Report" (1956) written by Philip K. Dick (1928 to 1982).
In the mid-21ST century, murderers are caught before they actually commit the murder. How is this achieved? By harnessing the extraordinary power of mutant humans who have the ability of precognition (the perception of an event, murder in the movie's case, before it occurs.) These mutant humans are called "precogs."
The police force utilizes these precogs (there are three) by developing a "Precrime" unit. This unit is headed by Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) and the director of the unit is Lamar Burgess (Max von Sydow). The new system is working well until one day the precogs have a prevision that the Chief himself will commit a murder. The rest of the movie is about the Chief running from the Precrime unit and trying to find proof of his innocence.
Now that you know what the movie is about you might ask why it has such a strange title. When the three precogs all agree on a prevision of murder, a "majority report" is generated. If two precogs agree but one disagrees, then a "minority report" is generated. (It is this minority report that the Chief is after to prove his innocence.)
This movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and it shows. He has taken a short story and effectively expanded it.
The special effects showing this future world are fantastic. However, Spielberg does not let these special effects dominate the movie.
There is also good background music and in some scenes, classical music is even used.
The acting is well done. Cruise as the Chief effectively carries the movie while Max Von Sydow gives a good performance as the aging director.
Some say that the ending of this movie is not very good. I disagree. It portrays what a reasonable, rational society would do.
There is only one flaw that I detected in the story. Once the Chief is declared a future murderer, he shouldn't have access to the Precrime unit's headquarters. Yet he does! (It should be noted that I discovered this flaw after the movie was over. This flaw never occurred to me as I was viewing the movie because I was so absorbed in the story.)
Finally, the DVD (single disc edition) is perfect with respect to picture and sound quality. It has two extras, both of which I found interesting.
In conclusion, if you like intelligent fast-paced science fiction mystery thrillers, then this is the movie for you!!
(2002; 145 min; widescreen; 24 scenes)
- Great premise but almost masterpiece level
Before filming began, Steven Spielberg created a "think tank" of scientists, physicists etc to basically brainstorm what would the future be like, from transportation to home movies to advertising. It's an eerily real picture, as if someone went into the future and came back and told everyone what he saw. So we have Spielberg's first action blockbuster since the Lost World and it's not in the same category as E.T or Jaws but it's still an entertaining romp.
Less than 50 years from now, the Precrime Unit uses the psychic abilities of 3 clairvoyants to determine when someone gets murder so it's up to the police to stop it from happening. But this creates a debate: is someone a murderer if they haven't done it yet? John Anderton believes in its system until he becomes the murderer of someone he's never met. Instead of just getting arrested, he decides to do what they others don't get to do: figure out why he's going to kill him meanwhile being hunted by Precrime's other policemen.
It's a future that seems quite possible. Instead of advertisements on TV, electronic scanners scan your eyes than proceed to advertise their products/services and actually address you. Getting on a train gets you scanned. They even have small Spyders which can also scan rather than policemen doing it themselves.
Transportation systems have electronic cars magnetized(said in the bonus features) and they can travel up and down buildings. Instead of men building cars, it does it all by itself. These and many more are featured in the film and helped along by Spielberg's think tank.
Now for the film itself. It's merely a good movie. It's not awesome like Jaws, or great like Close Encounters, it's merely good. Close Encounters had a 2 and a half hour pacing but never felt it, here it almost feels it(same length). Also while Jaws freaked you out and scared you and Jurassic Park gripped you, this just merely entertains you. It's like it doesn't get you pumped about the action scenes, it's like "ooh an action scene" but you don't get anything afterward.
Tom Cruise can be a good actor if he had the right character. Ever see Magnolia? He's actually surprising in that. Sometimes actors think the best way to act is just to have a big serious face the entire film so it looks like you're deep in thought and troubled. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino can just do one facial expression and they say more than a big overracted speech. Tom Cruise kind of pulls it off, getting better as the film continues. The rest do their job but they merely play static characters, providing a certain type of attitude, so you have the estranged and little bitter wife, the "I'm gonna get you" government agent and the father-ly runner of Pre-Crime.
If you're thinking of another Spielberg masterpiece think again. But it's close enough and even a near masterpiece is more better watching than the recent fare plaguing movie theatres(I'm looking at you The Pacifier, Monster-in-Law and Shark Boy and Lava Girl)...more info
- First Tom Cruise movie I actually liked.
Okay, I'll fess up. I am *not* a Tom Cruise fan; not be a long shot. Every movie I've ever seen in which he stars, he acts pretty much the same; only the movie subject matter and dialog change.
However, there are a few scenes in this movie (especially with his son) where he seems to at least somewhat break out of his usual limited range Top Gun/Mission Impossible/Etc. character.
As for the movie itself, I won't bore you with spoilers or a long list of plot faults. There are two things, though, that really bug me. The first has to do with the status of his security clearance: it never changes. It should have been revoked when he was accused of the pre-crime or soon thereafter. Second, near the end of the movie he is arrested and charged with not only the original pre-crime intent to murder, but an actual second murder of a key character. It wouldn't make sense for him to commit the murder, wipe down the gun, and then leave it at the murder scene in plain sight.
Otherwise, it's a enjoyable flick to watch, and does raise some very interesting questions. ...more info
- A great Sci-Fi motion picture in the tradition of Blade Runner.
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report is about a cop in the future working in a division of the police department that arrests killers before they commit the crimes courtesy of some future viewing technology. Cheif John Anderton has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a future crime and must find out what brought it about and stop it before it can happen
Steven Speilberg has created a Sci-Fi masterpiece that is full of action, is smart, and is thrilling. He takes Philip K. Dick's story and makes it his own, creating visual and mental candy for us to watch on the screen. He adds his own signature brand of directing by adding a emotional level to the film and making us feel for the characters and what they are going through. He takes the actors and makes them perform like it is their last movie, they all give great performances that would last long times.
Tom Cruise probably gives his second best performance(his first being in Born On The Fourth Of July) as Chief John Anderton. We can feel the intenisty and pain of him after he loses his son and the pain that he suffers through everyday. He makes the film seem so much greater and stronger because his peformance is intense and emotionally there. Samantha Morton was suprisingly wonderful in this as one of the pre-cogs. She really almost made you cry because she delivers some of the most powerful monologues in the film and her acting chops show here with her beautiful peformance. Colin Farrell is brutal. His character really makes you want to hate him and loathe him. He is such a nice guy at first.
Let me tell you, Philip K. Dick has some of the most intellgent and thought provoking stories that are getting picked up by movie studios. His stories are being made into films like Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly and this. But, all of them might not stay true to them, but this movie has taken the story and stayed true to it all the way through the film. I commend Steven for making such a fine adaptation of it and hope that he has more future adaptations of Philip K. Dick short stories.
Overall, the film was a great sci-fi tale heightened by great peformances with solid direction by Steven Spielberg, and a great starting story to make the film on. ...more info
- Way Too Overrated, Among Other Things
Way too long, way too blue, way too nothing like the original Philip Dick story (far superior), way too formula Hollywood, way too much crap. Two stars for a couple interesting visuals, but that's about it. If you want Philip Dick done right, go Blade Runner, go Screamers, and then go Total Recall (yes, big budet Hollywood action, but it still retains a good Philip Dick core). Minority Report just sucked....more info
- philosophy meets crime prevention meets sci-fi
How much is it the elimination of murder worth? How much would we pay to erase the weeping bereaved from our television screens?
MINORITY REPORT foresees a moment in 2054 when technology has made such a world possible. Or so it seems.
As with all utopias in which the human report remains untransformed--that is, all of them to date--one smells a rat. This rat moves secretly to a Spielbergian rhythm until the hunting down of 'Precrime's' central and heroic figure (Tom Cruise) for a crime he is supposedly about to commit leads to the unraveling and the entrance into the system of--dare we say it--a measure of doubt.
Is it worth the occasionally mis-prosecuted innocent for a system that works most of the time? But not all of it?
In working out this plot via some of the wittiest screenplay to come along in a while and one or two superb chase scenes, the movie entertains and provokes.
Colin Farrel threatens to outshine Cruise, but both do their job well.
Possibly not a film to be watched more than once. But promising of a very enjoyable *once*....more info
- Has Spielberg ever disappointed you?
Minority Report is a spectacular science fiction masterpiece directed by the great Steven Spielberg and loosely adapted from a short story by Philip K. Dick, one of the fathers of the cyberpunk genre. The movie shows us a world filled with dazzling technology but tells a personal story of a man who is betrayed by the system he worked for. There's plenty of action throughout the film but there's also some philosophy to make you think for hours after the end.
Minority Report is set in Washington, in the year 2054 and it's a great time to live in. The world has changed considerably and advanced technology pervades every aspect of life. Moving pictures draw your attention to every ad and poster. Holograms enable you to live out your wildest fantasies. Mag-lev vehicles ensure that 'car accidents' are a thing of the past. Retinal scanners are everywhere and the cops have jetpacks so the potential criminal has nowhere to run. In fact there hasn't been a single murder in Washington for six years thanks to a group of psychics who see every murder that's going to happen in the future. The police arrest these would-be criminals and place them in suspended animation. It's a good thing the system can't be tampered with and the precogs are never wrong.
At least that's what John Anderton the chief of police thinks until the precogs show him killing someone he doesn't even know. He must use all of his skills to escape and outwit the now-hostile system and find out the truth about the precogs, the conspiracies and his own destiny. All the actors give great performances, especially Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton.
Can we make choices that change our destiny or is the future inevitable. Is it fair to imprison someone for a crime they didn't commit...yet? Is this a worthy price to pay to maintain a murder-free society? Minority Report will give you a lot to think about and its engrossing mystery will keep you engaged until the very end. However, it is not a happy movie and some scenes are very heartbreaking so stay away if you don't like that sort of thing....more info
- The Best Philip K. Dick film to date!
This is an excellent movie. From the cinamatic tinting, to the action sequences, to an excellent exicution of the story-line. Every actor was well cast in their roles, and there are zero changes that I would have made. The future also seemed beleivable and real, and not too Fake, Plastic, and Stereo-typical. The movie even sucks you in and makes you forget that it is over 2 hours long. I honestly beleive that having had Speilberg working on this movie is what made it a cinematic enjoyment, as well as having Tom Cruise in a role that he could really sink his new teeth into. This is by far the best in the series of films to date, and I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone!...more info
- A SCIENCE-FICTION MASTERPIECE!
The year 2054 seems like a safe year. With the special unit known as Pre-crime preventing future murders from occuring, everybody should be happy. But this is not just about murderers; it is about a government system that is error prone. This short story "The Minority Report," by Philip K. Dick goes deeper into the problem with a system that locks up future murderer's before they commit the crime. What if the system is flawed? Hence, "The Minority Report."
Moreover, what if the system can be manipulated? Is this possible? (Tom Cruise) heads the special crime unit known as Pre-crime. His job is to find and arrest people whose intent is to kill. But what if there are flaws in the system? Enter (Colin Farrell) who has been sent by the Justice Department to investigate Pre-crime, and find out if indeed any flaws do exist in this new crime fighting system. The Pre-cogs, which are three humans inside of a self-contained tank have visions that can fortell when a crime is about to occur. They also have secondary visions: a sort of echo of the crime that would have occurred, had Pre-crime not interfered. And this is where the problem lies: the echoes can be real, and Pre-crime may see this as just another echo.
When (Tom Cruise) finds himself as a future murderer, he tries to find out how and why he would commit the crime. This is an intelligent film. (Max von Sydow) is in charge of Pre-crime, and it was he who began the system and knows of this "Minority Report." He also knows that the system can be manipulated: He himself has done so. Therefore, you have a very, very good film about people who are incarcerated for crimes that they may not have ever committed. Maybe in their anger they wanted someone dead, however, since the crime was never committed, how do we know? The people and politicians like pre-crime, afterall, the crime rate has plummetted to practically nil. As Tom Cruise sets out to prove that errors in the system can and do occur, he is pursued by Colin Farrell [who gives an outstanding acting performance]. This film is highly recommended. ...more info