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Films to See Before You Die: #87 Minority Report

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Minority Report (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow

Synopsis: In the year 2054 there is a government program exclusively in Washington, D.C. called Precrime which has eliminated murder. They are able to do this by premonitions by the Precogs wherein they are able to see murders hours before they happen. Police officer Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the lead detective of the Precrime unit working for the founder of the program Lamar Burgess (Max von Sydow). The program is being investigated by The Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) before is goes national. While they are being investigated a murder has been seen by the Precogs that John Anderton will kill a man named Leo Crow in 36 hours. Anderton now running for his life must prove his innocence by finding his “minority report” which means stealing the most powerful Precog Agatha (Samantha Morton) and extracting it from her before his time is up.

Trivia: At the police station, the officers talk about the metaphysical proof of precognition. Chief Anderton rolls a red ball along a table to demonstrate the law of cause and effect to Det. Witwer. All of this is an allusion to the famous claim of philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), that by observing billiard balls you can actually demonstrate that cause and effect does not exist but is merely a habitually created fiction of the mind.

Why I think you should see this: Minority Report is a great sci-fi film and has aged pretty well actually. I have always been a huge fan of Spielberg’s whether he is directing or producing each film has a sense of wonderment that most filmmakers cannot bring to their films. Tom Cruise is great in the lead as the always cornered but never beaten John Anderton and Max von Sydow does a great job as usual in his role.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

2 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #87 Minority Report

  1. I am both excited and teriffied by the future presented in this movie. I imagine those eye-scanners will be avalable soon…

  2. I watched it again recently. I think I enjoy it even more with subsequent viewings. Wonderful movie, cleverly made. Kim*

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