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
An advertisement for the film was shown during the TV3 broadcast of Tom Cruise's earlier film Mission: Impossible (1996) in New Zealand in 2002. The film had a similar plot to Minority Report (2002), which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) an agent working for the IM-F government agency whom goes on the run after a mission in Prague is sabotaged and his team is killed and he is framed as a mole inside IM-F and he sets out to find the real mole and to clear his name. In this film, John Anderton (Cruise) the chief of the elite PreCrime police is forced to go on the run, when Agatha (Samantha Morton) predicts that he will kill Leo Crow (Mike Binder) and sets out to stop the crime from happening. See more »
Incorrectly listed as a plot hole. On two separate occasions, an individual is held at gunpoint: When Anderton threatens the receptionist at Crow's hotel and when Lara threatens Gideon in the prison. But if there has been no murder as a result of PreCrime, neither individual should feel their life is threatened, as they would reasonably expect to be rescued if they were indeed about to be killed. However, the gun could be used to inflict pain, not to commit murder, so no one would be coming to their rescue. See more »
The distributor and production company credits look like they are underwater, which ties into the opening shot of Agatha in the tank. See more »
In the theatrical version, Dr. Solomon Eddie shouts something in Swedish into the bathroom at Greta. The subtitle reads something like, "Wipe your ass and get out here." This line is absent in the VHS and DVD versions of the film. See more »
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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