Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Scott Frank, Jon Cohen
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 20 min
Minority Report asks a fascinating question. If it were possible to catch a murderer before he or she committed the crime – did they still commit a crime? The year is 2054 and through the use of three special psychics called ‘Precogs’, law enforcement officers are provided glimpses of a murder before it actually occurs. With the information they gather they are then dispatched to prevent the crime from happening. The intent to kill though is still a crime, and even though the murder was stopped, the would be killer is still hauled away by the police. The system is tested though when one of its strongest supporters, John Anderton (Tom Cruise) starts to investigate a Precog vision that labels him as the killer.
The central question is covered very well in Spielberg’s film. Tom Cruise delivers a powerful performance as the talented, yet troubled Pre-crime detective. He’s also very ably supported by Colin Farrell as a Department of Justice stooge, and Samatha Morton as the most talented Precog, Agatha. What impressed me the most about this film was the technology on display. Everything the characters touched and interacted with seemed really well researched and completely plausible. From the 3D home projector system, to the large screen the detectives control with hand gestures when investigating Precog visions. There was nothing in this film that seemed to far fetched or over the top, and that attention to detail created a great foundation to properly explore the stories central theme.
If you’re usually not interested in science fiction films, I still think you can find something to enjoy here. The central question asked by the movie is an interesting one, and the emotional core of this story is carried very well by Tom Cruise. The movie is pretty somber, with very few moments of humor to lighten things up.
Best viewing format:
The film is well shot, but sometimes has a grainy and occasionally overexposed look. A HD viewing at home will work. But even a streaming or regular DVD showing would be fine.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
The police are searching for John Anderton in an old hotel. They deploy ‘spiders’ to search the building. Each of of these small devices has three legs, and as they walk from room to room scanning the eyes of everyone they meet, the camera follows and looks down on them through holes in the ceiling. It’s an awesome shot, and I loved the concept of the ‘spiders’.