Movie Reviews: Minority Report




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     20th Century Fox (2 hr. 20 min.)
     The head of the Washington D.C. precrime unit is accused of a future murder.
     Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Steve Harris, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow
Bottom Line:


The future's so bright, you gotta wear shades. At least, that’s the cinematic technique director Steven Spielberg uses in his futurist, edge of your seat who done it?, "Minority Report."

Based on master science-fiction writer Peter K. Dick’s short story, "Minority Report" this is the summer’s busiest special-effects film since "Attack of The Clones."

Spielberg uses a technological society as a backdrop to his story that is so advance, everything from consumerism to homeland security is done through eye scans.

The sad fact is the film really didn’t need all the knick knacks and gadgets to advance the plot, because the characters and storyline are strong enough to carry the film by themselves. Yet, Spielberg uses glistening lights, soft lenses, cutting MTVish images and hard action to drive his story.

Tom Cruise plays Jon Anderton, the police chief of Precrime, an elite special-tactical unit in Washington D.C. who arrest criminal suspects seconds before they commit a murder. Anderton totally believes in the system which he has immersed himself in after losing his 6-year-old son to a serial killer.

However, as in most sci-fi films, the system goes awry and Anderton ends up being tagged for a future murder by Precrime’s supposedly infallible technical judicial system.

The rub is, the infallible system does have flaws, human flaws because it relies on three sleeping psychics called Pre-Cogs. Pre-Cogs float in a pool of biological fluids and channel their dreams of future murders into police computers. Anderton discovers that the Pre-Cogs don’t always agree on the same prediction, and that Precrime officials will erase the Pre-Cog’s dream (minority report) that doesn’t concur with the others thus keeping a perfect conviction rate.

Anderton starts running when the Pre-Cogs predict he’ll kill a man he doesn’t know within 36 hours. While on the run, he searches to discover if a minority report has been erased on him.



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