Minority Report DVD
Starring: Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow, et al.
Director: Steven Spielberg
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The fact that you prevented it from happening
doesn't change the fact that it was going to happen.
On paper the teaming of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise for Minority Report,
a movie based upon a Philip K Dick short story, looks a sure-fire winner
but then so did Vanilla Sky. The problem is movies aren't made on paper
but whereas Vanilla Sky was a great disappointment, thankfully, this is
not the case with the excellent (but very cold) futuristic noir thriller
As previously mentioned, Minority Report is based on a Phillip K Dick short
story and is similar in tone to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which
was subsequently made into the rather excellent cult classic, and benchmark
for all subsequent sci-fi movies, BladeRunner. Set only 52 years in the
future, Tom Cruise plays Detective John Anderton, a driven cop with a self-medicating
drug habit, still haunted by the abduction and disappearance of his son,
whilst in his care, at a public swimming pool five years previously. Anderton
is chief of the Washington DC Pre-Crime police unit, whose SWAT teams stop
murders before they can be committed by swooping down from the heavens and
arresting the future perpetrators before they can carry out their intended
Pre-crime is reliant upon the visionary powers of three "pre-cogs";
apparent mutated shadows of human beings, interconnected by computer whilst
floating in a tank of water, in a semi-comatose state, at police headquarters.
Their dream-like premonitions are displayed on a giant screen, the images
conducted and deciphered by a cyber-gloved Cruise, as coloured wooden balls
bearing the name of both the prospective victim and perpetrator, roll down
plastic tubes like this weeks 'winning' lottery numbers. There is no apparent
debate about civil liberties because the pre-cogs are never wrong, nobody
gets hurt and the capital's murder rate is down to zero, making it a very
desirable system for federal law enforcers. The pre-crime system is almost
ready to go national. However, just when everything seems to be going swimmingly
Detective Anderton's balls drop (down the plastic tube that is), as the
pre-cognitives identify him as a future murderer in a vision on the big
screen. As he's in charge and convinced the premonition is fake, he has
the opportunity to go on the run in order to prove his innocence, an opportunity
denied to every person he's arrested for the past six years.
Minority Report is an excellent and exhilarating ride into the future, full
of action, suspense, FX and more twists and turns than a country road. Spielberg's
collaboration with the late great Stanley Kubrick (on A.I.) has obviously
left an impression in that Minority Report has a distinctly Kubrickian cold
alienation about it. In many ways it looks and feels very un-like a Spielberg
movie except for the Hitchockian (or Spielbergian if you like) type suspense
and mass of product placement (from Gap to Bulgari and Guinness). It is
also very much unlike any previous Tom Cruise vehicle, which is refreshing,
although some parallels in the action sequences could obviously be drawn
to the Mission Impossible movies. However both Spielberg and Cruise are
on top form here, ably supported by Max Von Sydow and an all too smooth
Colin Farrell (Tigerland) and a virtually unrecognisable Samantha Morton
(Sweet and Lowdown). Much credit should also go to cinematographer Janusz
Kaminski, and Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor from Industrial Light
and Magic, who helped make Minority Report a work of art.
Intelligent, very entertaining, ingenious and dark. Minority Report is another
great success to add to Mr Spielberg's and Mr Cruise's very impressive CV's.
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.