Minority Report Review: Spoiler
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Minority Report Review: Spoiler

Minority Report is an engaging 2002 film by Steven Spielberg featuring excellent performances by Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, and Max von Sydow.

If you haven't seen it already, the 2002 futuristic thriller Minority Report is too good to miss. Tom Cruise is again at his best as Chief John Aderton with a brilliant supporting cast including Colin Farrell as Danny Witwer, Max von Sydow as Lamar Burgess, and Steve Harris as Jad. Director Steven Spielberg creates a surreal future world in the year 2054 in which a "Pre-Crime" police department has been created as an experiment in Washington D.C. The car pictured above is a Lexus 2054 concept car created expressly with Minority Report footage in mind. The film generates the same chillbumps as the 2004 dramatic film I, Robot and instills a conspiratorial air into the supposedly normal circumstances of everyday life.

The opening scene features a typical day in the life of Chief Anderton, in which he arrests Howard Marks for a murder that he has been predicted to commit just moments before the actual murder happens. Murders are predicted by "pre-cognitives," which are essentially children born to mothers addicted to an experimental street drug similar to heroin. These pre-cogs supposedly entered into an altered mental state because of the drugs in which they were able to sense the "shockwave" of violent urges like murder from the future, and regurgitate them into a computer system. Anderton was then responsible for interpreting those images in a very cool visual computer system. Anderton uses some electronic finger gloves with transmitters to essentially sort through the feed produced by the hive mind of Art, Dash, and Agatha, the three pre-cogs utilized by the Washington D.C. Pre-Crime Division. Anderton then takes his team and arrests suspects for their future crimes.

Shortly after the day's work pictured in the beginning of the film, Anderton goes home and reflects on the traumatic events of his own life, which included the abduction of his child. He is shown to abuse drugs in an attempt to ease his emotional pain. Anderton views interactive movies of his wife, who left him, and son while experiencing a high. These movies are a sort of three dimensional projection designed to imitate life. These circumstances play an important part in the later events of the movie.

The next day, Anderton arrives at work and receives a "brown ball," which is a uniquely carved wood ball denoting who the indicated murderer is along with the intended victim. Pre-meditated murders disappeared rapidly following the introduction of the Pre-Crime experiment, and this particular one comes as a bit of a shock. This is especially true before Anderton receives the ball, because as he examines the stream of images from the pre-cogs, he realizes that he is being portrayed as the murderer of Leo Crowe, a man that Anderton has never met.

Once Anderton receives this news, he goes on the run and evades capture by his own Pre-Crime unit. He then tracks down the creator of the Pre-Crime experiment, Dr. Iris Hineman (played by Lois Smith), to find out more information about his predicament. Anderton learns the deeper, darker details of the origins of the Pre-Crime experiment from Smith, who inadverdantly paralyzes him with an organic security vine at her backyard garden wall. He also learns that there exists such a thing called a "minority report," which is generated by the most talented of the three pre-cogs, Agatha. This report is generated when Agatha, who has a particularly refined sense of the future, disagrees with Art and Dash. The report is always catalogued and deleted, however, and is usually attributed to an "echo" of murderous intent. Anderton changes his identity, and his eyes, and seeks to track down Agatha and "download" his minority report.

As it turns out, no minority report exists for Anderton, so he continues to run from Pre-Crime policemen and evade the law. Eventually, he arrives at the location of the supposed murder of Leo Crowe, and the conspiracy plays out from there. Although Anderton learns he is being played, audiences will be shocked at the depth of the conspiracy and the actions of some of the actors. Revealing any more of the plot would be a travesty to the fantastic effort of Spielberg and company. Minority Report is an excellent thought-provoking film with lots of futuristic technology, minimal mindless violence, and a beautifully intricate plot. It is a great compromise film for those who have a significant other's movie preferences to consider.





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