218th Movie Review: Minority Report (2002)

Tom Cruise in Minority Report

A brilliant take on a futuristic sci-fi with a satisfying ending

Minority Report is yet another sci-fi action thriller set on a pessimistic view of the future that shows that advanced technology isn’t always the solution to all human problems. However, it distinguishes itself from the rest by possessing two humans: Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg.

“In the year 2054 A.D. crime is virtually eliminated from Washington D.C. thanks to an elite law enforcing squad “Precrime”. They use three gifted humans (called “Pre-Cogs”) with special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. John Anderton heads Precrime and believes the system’s flawlessness steadfastly. However one day the Pre-Cogs predict that Anderton will commit a murder himself in the next 36 hours. Worse, Anderton doesn’t even know the victim. He decides to get to the mystery’s core by finding out the ‘minority report’ which means the prediction of the female Pre-Cog Agatha that “might” tell a different story and prove Anderton innocent.” -Written by Soumitra

I have to say it was a little hard to absorb how the Pre-Cog’s function and why they can predict the future, but director Steven Spielberg does a good job so as to not over-complicate things. Instead, he lets us take a step back from all the information that’s being fed to us, and allows us to enjoy the thrilling performance of Tom Cruise as Chief John Anderton as he tries to figure out what’s the reason behind everything that was going on around him.

One thing I was disappointed however was the poor character development of Danny Witwer (Colin Farell), I’m not gonna spoil his role in the movie, but I can see that Farell was just doing his best in portraying the character and he couldn’t have done the job any better. That’s probably why Javier Bardem turned down the role, just some side information for you guys.

The plot was fantastic. It’s waaaaaay satisfying than Spielberg’s release a year before this was released (Artificial Intelligence). In here he finds a way to end the movie that gives everything in the movie justice, including Cruise’s character. I wasn’t blown away with the special effects, but at least they tried their best to make the setting “fitting” for the future.

In the end, Spielberg blows us away once again with yet another intelligent and well-thought of creation. It may not be the best sci-fi movie out there, but it’s definitely one of the most satisfying.

GRADE: B+

External Ratings:

RottenTomatoes: 92% Fresh, 8.0/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 80/100

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