In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
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
When Anderton's vehicle is locked down after he has been featured in a Precog murder vision, Anderton kicks out the side window of the car and climbs out. The car then drops vertically with Anderton holding onto the side. When he climbs on top of the car (really its side), he is standing on the window which he kicked out moments before. See more »
[as Rufus and John watch Agatha's account of Anne Lively's murder]
And, like my life, everything is good.
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For the U.S. theatrical release, the 20th Century Fox logo appeared before the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the film, and the poster credits said, "Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks Pictures present." Since the U.S. version's home video/DVD rights are owned by Dreamworks, the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the movie appears before the 20th Century Fox logo, and the back of the box's cover art says, "Dreamworks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox present." See more »
In the year 2054 the murder rate in Washington is zero because of the Pre-Crime division. Pre-Crime uses three pre-cognitives to see the near future and direct officers to arrest the murderers before they can commit the act. However during a visit by an assessing authority the pre-cognitives see chief officer John Anderton kill a man. John runs, escaping the pre-crime police and trying to find out how and why he was seen killing a man.
This contains many levels of seeing, maybe linking up with how Speilberg sees his films at first the visions are easily controlled but then they are fallible and more complex. Anderton even changes his eyes at one point to show how his vision is changed. Aside from these metaphors the film itself is a lot more complex than Speilberg would have done several years ago. The film deals with a complex future where we are pre-judged by a big brother style police and the film does have an element of the moral questioning that this throws up. However for the majority it is a complex mystery film and this carries it no problem right up till the end.
The end (I'm not spoiling it) is where it trips up a little the conclusion is a little too easy and the ends are too tidily tied up, showing that Speilberg perhaps isn't yet the mature director he almost is. His vision however is very good, yes, we have all the CGI we need and only occasionally does it not look good. However more than all the CGI, Speilberg mixes the present with his futuristic vision rather than having us all living in pods!
Cruise has become more mature as well. His Anderton starts out as an Ethan Hawk character full of confidence, but later he is able to add more layers and more doubt. He is also able to act well beside some other strong performances from good actors like Max Von Sydow and a strong Colin Farrell. The rest of the cast has some famous faces like Ayre Gross, Sam Morton, Tim Blake Nelson, Stormare etc but outside of them really it's Cruise all the way.
Overall it may disappoint the Jurassic Park/Matrix audience expecting a fast, action packed thriller the marketing makes it look like the Matrix when really it's much more like the noir of Bladerunner. The moral complexities run nicely alongside the action but eventually it falls into Speilberg sentiment mode with a disappointing end. Overall though this is very good but not quite Bladerunner.
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