|Submitted by Mice9 |
(Feb 02, 2008)
Minority Report is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, loosely based on the Philip K. Dick 1956 short story "The Minority Report". It is set in the year 2054, when criminals are apprehended based on foreknowledge. The film stars Tom Cruise as John Anderton, a Pre-crime officer, who heads the Pre-crime police force. Psychics termed "pre-cogs" predict all murders that will occur, and the city has gone six years without a single murder. Anderton is set up by someone to be a murderer himself, thereby becoming the target of his own pre-crime organization. There are many clever plot twists and spellbinding situations where the viewer would never guess how things will turn out. I would give this movie 4 stars at least. One extra note: Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine felt that "the script raises moral questions it doesn't probe". There are 2 problems with this; One is that the premise is based on pre-cognition of murder which is not a proven thing and current results along these lines are capricious. Two, any "moral questions" raised are raised in the context of a fictional work based on a fictional concept so morality is not really challenged here. The film was meant to entertain, not answer any moral dillemas.