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Minority Report (DVD, 2003)

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Jan 12, 2008 (Updated Jan 12, 2008)
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Pros:Tom Cruise, Story, Supporting Cast, Action

Cons:Not more top quality science fiction available

The Bottom Line: Minority Report will entertain you and provoke thoughts about legal, ethical, and moral considerations. Very highly recommended.


Minority Report (2002)

"The way we affect destiny, we're more like clergy than cops." Pre-crime worker

Minority Report is a well done science fiction crime thriller that asks some provocative questions and keeps you riveted to your seat with a well paced thrill ride. You'll probably remember the questions that occurred to you at the end of the movie and want to watch it again.

This is a Steven Spielberg movie which means it is either very, very good or not so hot. Spielberg has a better batting average than many currently working directors and this movie is very, very good - a definite outside the park home run.

The movie takes place in the year 2054, about half a century in the future, and the sets, props, and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) are quite a bit better than the usual science fiction fare. Of course, with ace actor Tom Cruise in the lead position, the action sequences are believable and intense and Tom interacts with the CGI in a very realistic manner. If you've seen some of the sci-fi movies by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop, Starship Troopers), whom I consider the king of the genre, you will know what to expect in terms of quality of the imagery, which will leave you awestruck.

Minority Report is adapted from a short story by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall). It concerns a new innovation in law enforcement. The District of Columbia has a set of pre-cognitives; that is, human beings who can predict murders before they happen.

There is an interesting demonstration project headed up by Max Von Sydow and Tom Cruise which uses the input from the pre-cogs, displayed on a futuristic set of screens, to find the location of the crime, id the victim and perpetrator, and get to the crime scene before the crime is committed, thus foiling the foul act. The potential perps are carried off to prison to serve sentences in suspended animation. There have been no murders within 200 miles of DC in the six years that Pre-crime has been in operation.

The pre-cogs are three human beings, two males and a female, named after mystery writers, Arthur, Dashiel, and Agatha. The three are kept drugged unconscious, suspended in a bath of photon milk which nourishes them, and they are wired to a sophisticated computer system which can translate their brain waves to video and audio. They are so sensitive that whenever anybody sets his mind to do murder they will see it in their dreams. That is the data that gets displayed on the video screens, complete with audio. There is more to it but you need to watch it yourself if this sort of scenario piques your interest.

Colin Farrell is a hot shot from the Justice Department who is sent to investigate pre-crime; to find any flaws. What he finds is interesting; a couple of human flaws, but he soon is far out of his depth. I don't want to give too much away because there are some great surprises. Tom discovers the system he believes in so fervently is a nightmare when it is turned on him.

Steven Spielberg adopted a visual style with a washed out blue - gray color scheme which gives a sense of the bleak future he predicts, especially when coupled with the ultra modernistic imagery yet dangerous slum areas DC is filled with, a la Blade Runner, with which it also shares its film noir sensibilities. Apparently nobody told them you can't build 1000 floor skyscrapers in the District, and cars race over them vertically and horizontally, defying gravity! Everything is voice activated and your eyes are scanned for identification instead of your fingerprints. There are some unabashedly cool special effects and good dark comedy punctuating what is often a dire situation.

The Fox DVD Special Edition consists of 2 disks; one with the color movie in 2.35:1 theatrical format and a second disk with special features. There is no full-length commentary but there are several features that are worth going through to see the thought behind the science and the magic behind the special effects.

Minority Report is one of the best science fiction films of the last decade.


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