Minority Report Reviews
It's set in a futuristic 2054, with a lot of futuristic technology, some of which is already here. We already have thermal scanners and the early stages of biometric scanners.
One of the prime themes in Minority Report is precognition. Three Precogs are kept floating in a little pool in a state of sleep, milked for their nightmares of actual murders. An enterprising guy contrived to use the Precogs, like animals, and the PreCrime Unit was created. PreCrime detection has brought the murder rate in Washington DC to about 0, a phenomenal success.
Now, someone from the Attorney General's office is looking into it, with the possibility of expanding the system nationwide, which I don't see how would work since the PreCogs can only sense murders in a 200 mile radius, right? And there are only 3 of them, so in order to expand it nationwide, you'd need to create more PreCogs by giving more pregnant women the drugs that caused it, which we find out is fatal for nearly all children born this way. Dilemmas which they don't really get into in this.
Detective John Anderton, whose own son was murdered before the PreCrime system went into effect, works relentlessly as a member of the PreCrime Team to stop murders before they happen. When this supposedly failproof murder detection system says that Anderton himself is going to commit a murder, Anderton goes on the run and tries to figure out what is going on and why. He is in a race against time and a race against getting caught. It doesn't help that almost everywhere he goes, scanning technologies identify him.
With all the action and suspense, it's easy to overlook multiple characters who seemed to be strangely odd, possibly sexually deviant. For example, the guy who takes care of the PreCogs. He seems to especially like Agatha. And the surgeon and his naughty nurse who change out Anderton's eyes? Wow.
The new defense system is making the murder rate drop dramatically and it is deemed to be a huge success. Detractors such as Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) question the integrity of program, and appears to be right when Anderson is the vision of the next crime. Anderson is in disbelief as he is accused of murdering a man he does not even know within 36 hours, and is on the run to avoid being questioned and captured. While on the run he discovers investigates and discovers some undisclosed anomalies with the pre-crime program known as the Minority Report. He figures this is the only way to prove his innocent, and find out who set him up and he must get back the lead pre-cog (Samantha Morton) to help explain her vision.
Minority Report is set in year 2054 and makes for an entertaining science fiction action film. Cruise is a great lead and keeps the movie pace going despite an over 2-hour run-time. Spielberg does his best to direct and present a darker film that contradicts some of his earlier works. The gritty lighting and imagery do not particularly suite the directors style, but it does not detract or particularly enhance the picture. The action sequences are mostly forgettable, and the use of technology and is used sporadically throughout the film, but mostly for the action sequences. Per Spielberg, there a few thrilling moments as well. The best aspect of the film is really the mystery of how Anderson uncovers the glitch in the pre-crime program and how he figures how he was setup. Although Minority Report is a decent film overall, it will mostly be forgotten despite some of the big names attached.
As we live and see all of this recycling in Hollywood, where studios just do the same superhero movie one after the other, and great Sci-fi thrillers are either forgot due to its little advertisement or simply overshadowed by the bigger studio names like Marvel and DC or it's own remakes, it is refreshing to see such an original fun piece (which was a success), that still feels great even after a second watch. Someone who watches lots of films can tell you how hard it is to find films like "Minority Report", a movie with a plot so original and done so well, so goddamn well, that gives you hope... It reminded much of 2012's "Looper", a similar sensation popped up, but a think I was the happiest with "Looper", because it was 2012, you know... so that means that even tough these truly original (Sci-fi or not) type of films only come up from time to time it is nice to know that they will probably keep on coming, and hopefully at a faster rate.
Aside from its originality, probably the best thing about this film is its production, it's a beautiful film, great scenery, awesome special effects and CGI that still hold up and is not overused. The film's script is smart and even funny at times, with no cliches and some great scenes and dialogue. The film's shots and camera work too are great, doing amazing short single-shot sequences that enhance the film's action, along with great fighting scenes that thrill. But, tough great, the film is not flawless, if there is one complaint it would be Spielberg's humongous overuse of white freaking light. Holy fu**, I'm am not kidding, the use of white in this film is unbelievable, it is SO distracting, I do not understand what was the purpose, I don't know, I really don't. But yeah, this is probably the biggest problem, it can be really distracting, but the movies exciting plot will probably make you forget about it. Another small disappointment for me was John William's score, it was not bad, I thick, because I couldn't pretty much hear it, it wasn't too noticeable, an odd thing to say to about a John Williams score.
The film's acting is also great with Tom Cruise playing another one of his "Ethan Hunt" type of characters, but... this one is quite different. John, Cruise's character, is "Ethan Huntish" in a way that he is an awesome fighter that knows all these skills and stuff, but he is a very broken character. There has happened lots of different tragedies in John's life, and that has changed him, all of this give's much more depth to a character that could've easily be just a lazy crafted movie spy, but filmmakers create a very good relatable character that is very much well developed. Cruise's performance is great, as said, the character is really relatable and the movie's hero, cruise's undatable charm and great acting chops help to create a great lead man to this fine film. Besides Cruise, there is a number of character, tough most of em' appear only for some few scenes. Colin Farrel is ok as the sneaky cop that wants to bring PreCrime down and John with it. Also beside Cruise is Samantha Morton, the talented actress does fine, unfortunately only appearing too little and only in the films final act. Amongst other names are Max von Sydow, Neal McDonough, and Kathryn Morris, all giving fine performances.
In the end "Minority Report" is a fun, smart, entertaining, weel-directed and well-acted film that, as said, gives us hope for a future with more original high budget sci-fi dramas that honor the genre. 4/5.