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Minority Report Movie Review

Updated on July 11, 2017

“Minority Report” is a science fiction neo-noir movie that was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002. He uses every trick in the book to give us an action movie that is full of emotions. Unlike other movies produced at that time, this movie perfectly combines actors with CGI sets, matching them without any seams so that you can stay focused on the storyline. The movie stars Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow and Samantha Morton. It is based on a short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick.

Minority Report Movie Plot

The movie takes place in 2045 in Washington D.C where Pre-Crime police stops murderers before they act. Murders are predicted by 3 mutant humans, or “Pre-cogs”, who receive visions of the future. Captain John Anderton (Cruise’s character) lost his son a few years ago and has grown distant from his wife and has also become an addict. The Pre-cogs predict that Anderton will kill a man called Leo Crow in 36 hours. Anderton runs away trying to solve this mystery.

What We Liked About The Movie

The power of free will:

Free will is the main theme of the movie. People are prisoned in virtual reality for crimes they haven’t committed yet. Whether they decide to act differently sometime in the future or not remains to be of no importance.

The concept is further highlighted in the story of Agatha and the other Pre-cogs who are kept in a tank, deprived of living a normal life just because they have a talent of predicting the future.

By the end of the movie, we see that the main character changes his destiny which further highlights the importance of free will in the storyline.

It is not all about CGI:

In one of the most impressive scenes, heat sensitive “Spiders” roam a crowded apartment building looking for Anderton after fleeing the police department. The scene begins by an overhead section of the apartment building. At the first glance, you can swear that it is done on the computer, but as the camera zooms in, you can see that this is an actual physical set, full of actors who stop for a minute to have their retinas scanned and then get back to whatever they were doing.

Tom Cruise keeps us focused on the character, not the stunts:

Choosing a popular and successful actor like Tom Cruise for the main character managed to keep us focused on the emotions and struggles in the storyline, rather than focusing on the amazing CGI work and incredible stunts that are to be expected in a Spielberg’s film.

The movie explains that we are all watched:

In some scenes, we see people being addressed by the ads on the subway and have their retinas checked as they get into stores. This is very similar to what has actually started to happen a few years ago. A lot of websites will show you ads based on your search history. Wherever you go, you will start receiving messages on your mobile linked to the city or area that you have just reached.

Spielberg predicts that it will only get worse and used the names of real stores like GAP to show us that it is happening in the near future. He used familiar settings and furniture to keep the story real and believable.

What We Didn’t Like About The Movie

All through Minority Report, we watch Anderton is his desperate search for his lost son. But the movie, doesn’t tell us what happened to his little boy. Agatha explains that this boy had a whole life ahead of him with his loving parents, but he gets chased by a man who finally catches him. It would have been a fairy tale like ending to a story that Spielberg tried to keep real. This must have disappointed those who hate open endings.

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Our Final Thoughts About Minorty Report

The movie is mainly about free will and determinism. At the end, Anderton faced his own demons and used the power of free will to change his future when he chooses to get back to his wife and decides to have another baby with her. It is about second chances and counting blessings.

Spielberg uses CGI for dramatic purposes and not just for showing the cleverness of his IT team. You can see the incredible camera timing in the spiders’ scene as one of the spiders stops mid step when it hears something and decides to go back.

Overall the movie is well-balanced and helmed by a competent and confident science fiction director.

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