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Sadly, I was very disappointed by this movie. Minority Report is a Spielberg/Cruise collaboration that I've had my eye on for quite some time now due to the intriguing premise and my love for the Sci-Fi genre. But, by the midpoint of the film, I couldn't shake a deep feeling of dissatisfaction. Yes, there are aspects I liked, but the shortcomings(from my point of view) bogged down the experience considerably.
Let's point out what I liked: Tom Cruise. Say what you want about him, the guy is the epitome of a superstar, and I personally enjoy watching a lot of his movies. He's one of the few saving graces in here. The others being the story obviously, some of the visuals, and the last half hour. The unraveling of the antagonists conspiracy was slickly and satisfyingly unfolded in a flow-chart fashion. I enjoyed that as well.
Now onto my reservations. First being the lighting. Why they decided to make 80% of the movie look like it was filmed on the surface of the sun is beyond me. I get that it takes place in the future, and perhaps this choice was made to further convey that fact, but jeez, talk about an eyesore. The camera angles were solid at least. Then there's the frequent, out-of-place, bizarre humor which feels like an antithesis to what the premise SHOULD feel like. I don't want gags like an elderly man dropping a deuce, or perverted elderly women occurring within a movie about the futuristic ability to prevent murders before they occur. It just doesn't mesh well and causes the film to feel tonally inconsistent. When it comes to the action, meh, it's passable, but nothing special. There's also the issue of length. Did this really need to be 2 and a half hours?
Now this gripe is the main contributor to what warrants a rewatch: that being the storytelling. The basic premise is easy to follow, but somewhere from the 2nd to final act it devolves into an overly-intricate mess. There's nothing wrong with intricacy mind you, as there's many movies I love that have that nature. But there comes a point where if it's overdone, things will spiral out of control and, not only leave viewers un-engaged, but also bored and disinterested in trying to put the pieces together. Because of this, I will be revisiting the film later on. Because perhaps a rewatch will clarify many plot beats for me.
As of right now however, Minority Report left a bad taste in my mouth. There are parts I liked, and many parts I didn't like. It felt like Mission: Impossible(with it's confusing plot) meets Next(with predicting the future, although this is light-years better). Many consider this to be one of Spielberg's most underrated works, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why it holds no candle compared to his pre-2000's masterworks.
Kevin Spacey's performance is without a doubt the highlight of this entire movie. Yeah, everyone else is solid too, but damn, the guy(regardless of the real life allegations) is a master actor.
I wasn't keen on the bland cinematography, and the psychiatric hospital setting with a charismatic patient who becomes somewhat of a leader of the other patients is a story aspect that has been done before(One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest).
As is the case with many films, the 3rd act is the weakest section with multiple instances that could've been the conclusion, but instead keeps going for a little longer until the movie over-welcomes its stay just a hair.
Nonetheless, I loved how the movie leaves you genuinely wondering, like Dr. Powell, whether or not Prot is an extra terrestrial. Even after Prot's claims are debunked and it's discovered that he's mentally unstable and traumatized due to the murder of his family, towards the end we're still left with a hint of curiosity as to whether or not he is an alien regardless of all that.
K-Pax, though admittedly flawed in its execution, is an intriguing, at times heartwarming, and above all else interesting watch.