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.