Minority Report Review
Synopsis:In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Minority Report (2002) is a 2h 25-min American science-fiction action mystery-thriller film that was loosely based on Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report. The movie had an estimated budget of $102 million and grossed over $358 million at the box office. Director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler’s List (1993), Catch Me If You Can (2002), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)) did a remarkable job making this film into 50% character and 50% storytelling. He also included several layers of murder mystery and plot in this complicated movie that was set in 2054 in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The world runs differently in 2054 where a specialized police department known as PreCrime relies on three psychics called precogs to tell them beforehand of crimes so that they can apprehend the criminals and reduce the crime rate to zero. I was entertained by this adventurous chase film where the main protagonist, Chief John Anderton becomes a fugitive after he was wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit.
PreCrime Captain John Anderton (Tom Cruise - Top Gun (1986), Mission: Impossible (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), A Few Good Men (1992)) became a drug addict after his son Sean disappeared, and he has also left his wife. The Precogs predicted that John will murder Leo Crow (Mike Binder - Reign Over Me (2007), The Upside of Anger (2005), The Sex Monster (1999)) in 36 hours but John does not know Leo. Dr. Iris Hineman (Lois Smith - Twister (1996), One Life to Live (1968), Falling Down (1993), Dead Man Walking (1995)) who is the creator of PreCrime technology revealed to John that one of the Precogs sometimes has different visions from the other two. The different vision is known as minority report and has been kept confidential because the Precogs credibility will be damaged.
John gave himself a new mission, and that is to prove his innocence at any cost, even getting an eye transplant so that he would not be recognized by the city optical recognition system. The Precogs system was soon shut down after John kidnapped one of the Precogs and the Precogs cannot operate without all three of them. The movie goes on to being an excellent watch as we learn who the real killer is and why he commits the crimes. It was a happy ending where John’s life was falling back into place after his son’s disappearance.
Minority Report was a well written and executed perfectly with an entertaining screenplay and excellent performances from all of the actors, especially Tom Cruise who was top notch. The sets, sound, cinematography, editing, and production were all fabulous. I would recommend this film to all types of fans because it has several different hidden messages about life that will help people reflect on what is important. This is the kind of movie that will grab you and take you on the chase along with the main character as the atmosphere gets more gripping. I would not be surprised if we have Precogs in 2054 because technology is evolving so rapidly that I think anything is possible. The storyline can be complicated if you do not give the movie your utmost attention. Watch Minority Report as soon as you can if you have not already and fans who already saw the movie, you might want to revisit this one.
About Minority Report (2002)
Original Title: Second Sight, Total Recall 2
Runtime: 145 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 6
Writers: Philip K. Dick, Scott Frank, Jon Cohen
Director: Steven Spielberg