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Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 21 June 2002 (USA)
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.

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Lamar Burgess' Secretary
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Office Worker
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Storyline

In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad "Precrime". They use three gifted humans (called "Pre-Cogs") with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system's flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn't even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery's core by finding out the 'minority report' which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that "might" tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent. Written by Soumitra

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The system is perfect until it comes after you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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21 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Second Sight  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,677,125, 23 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$132,072,926

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,372,926
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Trivia

Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski bleached the film's negative in post-production to create the desaturated colors. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, the Pre-cogs predict a murder will take place in which Howard Marks will kill his wife Sarah Marks and her lover Donald Dubin. However, the PreCrime team have trouble pinpointing where the murder will take place as there are eight "Howard Marks" listed in the local district. But since his wife's name was given as a victim, it seems unlikely that they would have any trouble finding their address, particularly given the level of technology at their disposal and the extent to which people are "databased" in that era. However, the reason it took the PreCrime team so long to locate the address is because the Markses had just moved, and their new address was not yet known. See more »

Quotes

John Anderton: [about Witwer's father] What does he think about your chosen line of work?
Danny Witwer: I don't know. He was shot and killed when I was 15 on the steps of our church in Dublin. I know what it's like to lose someone close, John. 'Course, nothing is like the loss of a child. I don't have any children of my own, so I can only imagine what that must've been like. To lose your son - in such a public place like that. At least now you and I have the chance to make sure that kind of thing doesn't happen to anyone...
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John Anderton:
Danny Witwer: [...]
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Crazy Credits

The distributor and production company credits look like they are underwater, which ties into the opening shot of Agatha in the tank. See more »

Connections

Features Cops (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

8th Symphony in B Minor Unfinished D759 - 1st Movement
Written by Franz Schubert
Conducted by Carlos Kleiber
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH. Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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21 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg is one of the few directors around today who can still manipulate an audience in one sense while dazzling and daring that same audience with storytelling and character skills fused with ingenious visual effects. Minority Report is a shining example of that, which also has the grace of having an intelligent concept to start with, which so many sci-fi films lack much less summer sci-fi films (look at MIB2 to see what I mean), and also better than average acting.

Cruise takes the lead role here as John Anderton, who leads, more or less, the agency of police that prevent all murders on the basis of predictions from three Pre-Cogs (one of them Samantha Morton who has the most important role of the three). The system is presumably perfect, until to the surprise of Anderton, he is seen to commit a murder and so starts his quest to try and find out if there is a flaw in thirty six hours. This could be the basis for average sci-fi fodder (Impostor, a film based on another Philip K. Dick story that came out earlier this year, is an point of that), yet Spielberg elevates a story and creates a unique atmosphere to coexist with his characters; by the time the film is HALF way through you'll be exhausted in entertainment.

Bottom line, this is the type of picture to see twice, first to get the feel and presence, and the second to clear up any misunderstandings in the plot (or maybe to avoid Scooby Doo and Windtalkers), since this is indeed one of the best pictures of the year and one of Spielberg's best recent pictures. Grade: A+ or A


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