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One of the best Sci-Fi films in the last 25 years

  • Jul 6, 2009
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Minority Report, I would say, is one of the best science fiction films to be released over the past twenty-five years, and that is certainly no small feat given some of the competing films released over that time-span. Minority Report obviously had a lot of effort put into it by both the filmmakers and its actors and the result is a brilliant thriller. In the past decade I would call it Spielberg's best, ranking among his other great thrillers, `Raiders of the Lost Ark', and `Jaws'.

The movies is based on a short story by the late sci-fi master Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly) and it ranks up with Blade Runner as the greatest adaptations of his work. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the Chief of the Pre-Crime division in the District of Columbia. What exactly is his job? To use the unusual psychic abilities of three beings - known as "Pre-Cogs"- it is his job to analyze future crime scenes and prevent murder from happening. For ten years this system works without a flaw and they are close to taking the program national, only there's one problem...John's name has been called for the future-murder of Leo Crow -a man he has never once before met. On the run Anderton must evade the highly controlled security of the future United States capital all while trying to prove his innocence, and in so doing unraveling the secrets of the system- secrets that would destroy everything the organization has worked so hard to achieve.

What really makes this movie stand out is not the visual effects (though, they certainly are amazing), but it is the human aspect of this film that makes it a memorable experience for the audience. The film manages to cater to all human emotions contained within the plot, from the fear of loss, obsession, greed, fear, insecurity, and many more. All the characters are found to be believable, as none of them come across as being cardboard, as so many other action films do.

Tom Cruise pulls a very believable performance and I consider this one of the best of his "Average Joe" performances. By this I mean like in `War of the Worlds' he doesn't come across as being a superhero, as he was in the `Mission Impossible' franchise. He is perfectly believable as a sad soul who only wishes to make up for his past mistakes and punish the criminals of the world. Haunted by tragedy of the past we can't help but symphonize for his loss, because we can believe him. This isn't a straight-forward "tragic" character, such as Kurt Russell's Colonel O'Neil in `Stargate' (1994). John Anderton is suffering, but he hides it well, going on with his job. In fact his loss is his drive in his work, so naturally he can't believe it when the system turns against him. It's the compelling characters and performances from the actors that make the difference between a good movie and a great movie. Special effects have nothing to do with the quality of the human element of the story (sorry, Michael Bay).

The special effects of this film are amazing, providing a believable, yet still fascinating view of the future. Unlike visions presented in Blade Runner, and to a certain degree Total Recall, this is a very clean, well kept design for the future. All the buildings shine and all vehicles appear to be in tip-top condition, but like those other Dick based films the underlying structure of society is as corrupt as ever. How the effect crew for this film was skipped over by the Academy I will never understand, because even two years after I first saw the film many of the visuals remain stuck in my mind.

You should not miss Minority Report, because in my opinion it is one of the best films ever made, let alone one of the best science fiction films ever made. For a thrilling, emotional, and mentally stimulating movie experience I can't recommend Minority Report strongly enough to give the film credit, for it goes above and beyond what so many other films have done. So, if you want excitement and brain stimulating ideas forget the garbage of the current theater's films, such as "Transformers," and do yourself a favor: forget that an action movie is not supposed to be dominated by pure special effects and action, go out, buy a copy of Minority Report, put it in your DVD player, sit down, and enjoy a non-stop thrill ride of a movie.

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Quick Tip by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Ugh.... Same as Tom Cruise's War of the Worlds, just read the short story. If you want some good Phillip K. Dick adaptations watch Blade Runner and Total Recall. (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, respectively)
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
A good movie, that leaves you thinking. The futuristic elements were cool. I think there's a bit of a paradox in the movie though regarding the pre-cogs vision about Anderton killing Crowe. And there were some unintentionally funny moments which made me laugh...although I don't know if they were meant to...
review by . December 01, 2009
When police chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) of the Washington DC "pre crime" unit discovers that he will murder someone within 36 hours, he must run, and find out the truth.      Minority Report is a must see futuristic action movie that is also one of The Top 10 Tom Cruise Movies.      Minority Report was directed by Steven Speilberg, and based off of the short story that was written by Philip K. Dick.  Minority Report was nominated for an …
review by . May 08, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Ok, so since everyone and their grandma has seen this movie, and I haven't my boyfriend made me watch it; once more he gets a plus and everyone who likes it is correct for I can now see what all the hoopla is about. Since this has over six hundred review and since it seems than everyone has seen it I won't repeat the plot too much.    The movie starts with a bag; a crime is about to be committed and its being foreseen by three "Pre-Cogs," psychic beings ( human) whose visions …
review by . January 28, 2003
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. …
review by . June 19, 2002
Pros: Good premise.     Cons: Dull, uninspired action and Cruise does little to help.     The Bottom Line: Another good premise wasted.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. The threat of violent crime has sadly become a reality for far too many in our society. Compounding this issue is the fact that the nations capitol, Washington D.C., has a homicide rate that has grown steadily over the last few …
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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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