Minority Report (2002) – Movie Review

A great, highly undervalued sci-fi film!

A great, highly undervalued sci-fi film!

Ok, so about 2 month ago, my wife and I finally got connected up with Hulu, and I have been going through a lot of the TV series that I missed over the last few years on there and one of the shows that I came on to was, ‘Minority Report’…

Now basically this show tells the story of how in the future, 3 people who have been sort of cursed with being able to see  brutal crimes,  have at one time or another been used to stop crimes from happening… Well when it was discovered that using these people didn’t always work out the way it was supposed to, and that there was atleast some people who had been falsely imprisoned, they are set free…

Well years later these 3 people who could see these crimes happening slowly get involved in solving heinous crimes again… That is of course till they have to disappear again…

Anyway, the reason that I mention this is actually because the TV show is based on a movie that is based on a Phillip K. Dick novel… And well… I haven’t read the novel yet, the movie was pretty awesome, and one that I thought that I would review here, Minority Report (2002).

A great film!

A great film!

Written by: Scott Frank (The Wolverine), Jon Cohen (‘Minority Report’ The Story: The Debate) & Directed by: Steven Spieilberg (Jurassic Park). Starring: Tom Cruise (The Mummy), Max Von Sydow (The Excorist), Colin Farell (Total Recall), Samantha Morton (Control), Michael Dickman (Movie 43) & Matthew Dickman.

“You see the dilemma don’t you. If you don’t kill me, precogs were wrong and precrime is over. If you do kill me, you go away, but it proves the system works. The precogs were right. So, what are you going to do now? What’s it worth? Just one more murder? You’ll rot in hell with a halo, but people will still believe in precrime. All you have to do is kill me like they said you would. Except you know your own future, which means you can change it if you want to. You still have a choice Lamar. Like I did.” – A quote from the movie, Minority Report (2002)

This is a very interesting story… Like I mentioned above, this story takes place in a future where the government has seized 3 kids who seem to be able to see the future and predict when a brutal crime is about to be permitted… They comprise what would later become known as the ‘pre-crime’ unit of the DC PD…

These kids have helped to single handedly bring crime down to almost being non-existent… There is only one problem, and one of pre-crime’s star detectives is about to find out what it is, when the kids predict that he is going to kill some one… And when this Detective stops at nothing to prove he won’t murder anyone discovers something about pre-crime that will change everything forever!

This Detective is fugitive from the law, and he hasn't done anything yet!

This Detective is fugitive from the law, and he hasn’t done anything yet!

Now there is a couple of things that I have to admit that I really like about this movie.

1. This was one of the very few times that I saw Mr. Cruise outside of his mostly standard action element, and he nailed it pretty nicely!

2. The special effects were brilliant (as to be expected from a movie of this type.)

3. Finally, the story was riveting and kept me on the edge of my seat! I have seen other works of Phillip K. Dick’s go on to screen, and those were great, and this one is as good as those!

Now for the somewhat bad part.

Ok, so a lot of movies in that time period had become extremely formulaic, to the point where sometimes actors were just playing basically the same role in each film… Now where as it is true that this is the first sci-if movie that I have seen Mr. Cruise do, (and I thought that he did well with it,) the part was written almost so that Mr. Cruise could play, ‘Ethan Humt’, his character from Mission Impossible, but in a future setting…

In truth though, this movie is fun, and worth the time if you get the chance!