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Minority Report Movie Review (8.5/10)

Posted on September 14th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Summary:

Washington D.C. in 2054 is a very safe city with zero murders in last 9 years mostly due to the precrime lab that makes use of the precognitive powers of 3 genetic mutants to learn about future murders before they happen and thus prevent them from actually materializing. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) , the detective in charge at the lab, suddenly finds himself in an unusual situation when the precogs predict that the next murder will be committed by him.

Review:

Minority Report, the latest and long-awaited blockbuster from director Steven Spielberg, is a fantastic production that manages to awe and impress both with its very original story (written by Philip K. Dick of “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall” fame), its literally amazing special effects, the non stop action, and the stunning imagery.

There is far more here than a science fiction movie about how Spielberg imagines our world half a century later. There is a murder mystery to solve, lots of well executed action sequences, and special effects extravaganza skillfully integrated throughout the movie.

The futuristic world itself is delivered with amazing skill and is both fascinating and disturbing. From one hand, technology will make our life easier ( And by then we would have found some innovative solutions for traffic jams. Cars would move, through magnetic propulsion, both horizontally and vertically at speeds that make any 2002 Porsche pale in comparison). On the other hand, Big Brother extraordinaire is in its full blown glory. People in 2054 are being identified through their irises and all their moves continously monitored and recorded through zillion cameras implanted everywhere (subway entrance, department stores, streets, buildings,..) that identify a certain person through a quick retinal scan.
Amid the high tech euphoria abounding here are the quintessential gadgets that we grew accustomed to with Spielberg. My absolute favorite here is that tiny spider-looking thing that when unleashed can detect tiny motion, and has the ability to both attack and paralyze targets of interest as well as scan their retinas for ID purposes. Awesomely chilling.

I am usually not a big fan of Tom Cruise and his perpetual astonished look. I must admit however that he renders a great performance here and delivers a credible John Anderson. As a matter of fact, he seems to be maturing quite much as an actor with his recent fine performances in the excellent Vanilly Sky and Magnolia coming to mind.

Colin Farrel astounds as well and leaves no doubt that he is destined to become one of Hollywood future top stars. His character as the-Department-of-Justice-bad-guy-then-metamorphosing-into-a-good-samaritan is quite impressive and pleasant to watch.

I believe the hardest task here was that of Samantha Morton as the precog that gets taken by Anderton in his attempt to figure out what exactly is going on. And she delivers.

Overall, ‘Minority Report’ is a Masterfully executed futiristic action thriller spanning over two hours of suspenseful delight with first class cast and direction. Undoubtedly one of the year’s best and another masterpiece for Spielberg to be proud of. Highly recommended.

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