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Based on a Philip K. Dick short-story about a time in the future when criminals are arrested before they commit the crime. A future-viewing piece of technology gives police officers this privilege. One cop (Cruise) is caught commiting a crime and now must find out why and how he broke the law in order to change time.
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 4.75 x 0.75 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 6911757
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 26 minutes
- Release date : April 20, 2010
- Actors : Tom Cruise, Arye Gross, Jessica Harper, Patrick Kilpatrick, Caroline Lagerfelt
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : Paramount Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0035WTJFW
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Absolutely 5 stars. This film is aging well and has not lost any of its edge, even after 17 years. Astounding movie making!
The story is set in 2054 in Virginia and Washington D.C. where the government has created PreCrime. It uses three psychics to warn of future murders. A special unit, led by Tom Cruise as John Anderton then goes out and arrests the perpetrators before they can commit their acts. The system works so well that the administrator Director Burgess played by Max von Sydow is ready to spread PreCrime nationwide. The dilemma arises when Anderton is accused of a future crime and his unit chases after him. Because he knows the system so well he runs in an attempt to prove his innocence.
The film is full of action, mystery and suspense. For example, Anderton goes to a crooked doctor he once arrested to give him a face job so that he might infiltrate the PreCrime center. While there his unit shows up and sends electronic spiders into all the apartments looking for him. They scan people’s eyes to identify them. Could Anderton’s surgery take effect before the spider’s reach him? Anderton then kidnaps one of the psychics called precogs called Agatha played by Samantha Morton. They escape through a mall. Agatha is able to tell Anderton when to stop, where to turn, and when to run because she can see the future. A very elaborate sequence, excellently filmed by Spielberg.
In the end, the movie is really about free will and the power of the state. Can the government arrest people before they even do anything? What if someone just had elaborate thoughts about killing someone, could they be detained for that? Most importantly does getting arrested for a pre-crime mean people have no way to choose their own path or are their future already pre-determined by some sort of fate? Would this be the first step towards a police state where the government can arrest people just for what they think? Could the system be manipulated and the innocent be arrested for things they would never be able to prove their innocence because they were taken in before they even did anything? Legally, what would this mean for the American justice system where people are considered innocent until proven guilty since being arrested for a pre-crime is based upon guilt? This is another layer to the film, which makes it so interesting along with all the other elements.
Again, I can't say enough about the action. You can tell that Steven Spielberg is really in tune with two things: the entire history of action in films, from the subtlest intrigue to the grandest high adventure; and second he's in tune with what contemporary film is capable of, not only in terms of special effects. And he's just damn good at science fiction, too. By the end of the film you've absorbed a whole new fascinating reality, and you feel like it could all come true!
I waited more than a decade to watch this movie; big mistake! Can't recommend enough!
Also, too much cartoonish junk, stereotyping, and grotesque over-reliance on sensationalism and shock. A massive fail.
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Minority Report is brilliant in every regard from script to acting and from design to visual effects, all expertly marshalled by Steven Spielberg who skilfully combines the intricate, intelligent plot with dramatic action sequences. Cruise has never been better and the supporting cast is also superb, with Samantha Morton especially excellent as the Pre-Cog Agatha. There are also some really creepy sequences, such as the spyders and the eye surgeon. My only gripe is the way Cruise has to explain what has been going on rather than allowing the audience to work things out for themselves.
The film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu Ray, but I have some minor gripes about the bonus features. The good news is that all the material from the previous DVD release has been carried over, though bizarrely while you can pause these featurettes you cannot scan forwards or backwards, so if you miss something that someone has said you’ll have to start from the beginning! There are some very good new retrospective documentaries looking at the life of Philip K. Dick, the props, and the real world application of the movement-controlled computer interface. There is also some behind the scenes and previz footage from various key action sequences. One featurette I could have done without though is the Pre-Crime ‘mockumentary’.
Aside from not being to the control the old DVD extras this is an excellent collection of bonus material, but when you first click on ‘Extras’ the first option you see is an ‘interactive’ interview with Steven Spielberg. The interview runs for 34 minutes but along the way you have the option to watch various related interviews and photo montages and it took me a good couple of hours to get through everything. Then, to my dismay, I discovered that *everything* here is included in the other bonus material on the disc, apart from a few seconds of the Spielberg interview. In fact the vast majority of the disc’s bonus material can actually be watched via the rather cumbersome interactive pop-ups. I would suggest that you watch the Spielberg interview but don’t brother with the pop-ups, and then watch all the bonus material separately.
Minority Report is a brilliant film and aside from some niggles about the bonus features this is an excellent Blu Ray and absolute must-buy for any sci-fi movie fan.
I must admit the main interest which kept me going to the end was more the whole concept of how political states and mass marketing regimes monitor their citizens/buyers in the future which given subsequent developments on facial recognition especially makes the end film not as throwaway as my initial comments may infer.
MR is the first digitally shot movie and Spielberg made a complete mess of the picture. Suffice to say that it's awful
We all know about the movie and story. Cruise is superb as ever
Thankfully Spielberg has seen the light and ditched digital and gone back to celluloid.
What a pity he gave into pressure and made this movie digitally.
Minority report is a movie that deserves much better picture quality than this.