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One of the Best Movies of the Year

  • Jan 28, 2003
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I can't believe some of the bad reviews for this film. Yes, just about any film that explores time, time travel, the future, etc. is going to have flaws in logic. It is impossible to travel through time, change the future, etc. If you think about it too much, you can always come up with a flaw. If the flaws require deep thought and don't just leap at you as obvious, I have no problem suspending my disbelief and going with where the storyteller wants to take me.

Spielberg tells a great story here. I won't rehash the plot, but let's just say that not only is the story a zinger, but there are lots of great scenes. My favorite was the scene when Cruise is hiding out in a VERY sleazy apartment, waiting for his transplanted eyes to heal, and the cops release these electronic "spiders" that can get into just about any place and then they find people and scan their retinas. The sweeping camera work, as though the whole complex had been cut into a cross section, was absolutely terrific. In about two minutes, we get the entire social / political climate that now exists in this country at the time of the movie, at least for the poor. And it is suspenseful.

The empaths are very creep creations, lying in their pool forever and ever. When Cruise awakens and steals one of them, the movie takes a very interesting turn, as we see the world through the eyes of this empath, Agatha, who has a hard time telling if what she is seeing is the present or the future. Samantha Morton plays her, and she DESERVES AN OSCAR NOMINATION, ASAP! She is reviting.

Colin Farrell makes for a cool adversary for the hot-tempered Cruise. Max VonSydow is terrific as Cruise's mentor...he has such a great voice. And Cruise, who has never been one of my favorite actors, is very good in this...one of his best. He keeps himself from overacting in most scenes, and doesn't seem too self-conscious about looking good or charming.

The whole vision of a not too distant future, coupled with some great scenes of suspense, good performances and even a tear-jerking moment or two make this one of the best movies of the year, and certainly the best sci-fi of the year. I highly recommend it!

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Minority Report is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" byPhilip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where "Precrime", a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called "precogs". The cast includes Tom Cruise as Precrime officer John Anderton, Colin Farrell as Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer, Samantha Morton as the senior precog Agatha, and Max von Sydow as Anderton's superior Lamar Burgess. The film has a distinctive look, featuring high contrast for dark colors and shadows, resembling film noir.

Minority Report was one of the best reviewed films of 2002, and was nominated for and won several awards. These included an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing, and four Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. Produced on a budget of $102 million, the film was also a commercial success, earning more than three times that in worldwide box office returns and selling four million DVDs in its first few months of release. 
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