Minority Report

June 21st, 2002

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Minority Report

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In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.7/10 (194,674 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

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.

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Scott Frank

Tom Cruise - Chief John Anderton
Max von Sydow - Director Lamar Burgess
Steve Harris - Jad
Neal McDonough - Fletcher
Patrick Kilpatrick - Knott
Jessica Capshaw - Evanna
Richard Coca - Pre-Crime Cop
Keith Campbell - Pre-Crime Cop
Kirk B.R. Woller - Pre-Crime Cop
Klea Scott - Pre-Crime Cop
Frank Grillo - Pre-Crime Cop
Anna Maria Horsford - Casey
Sarah Simmons - Lamar Burgess' Secretary
Eugene Osment - Jad's Technician
James Henderson - Office Worker

Taglines: You can't hide. Get ready to run!


Official Website: Foxjapan [Japan] |

Release Date: 21 June 2002

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: AUD 2,780,417 (Australia) (22 June 2002)

Gross: $353,600,000 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

At the police station, the officers talk about the metaphysical proof of precognition. Chief Anderton (Tom Cruise) rolls a red ball along a table to demonstrate the law of cause and effect to Det. Witwer (Colin Farrell). All of this is an allusion to the famous claim of philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), that by observing billiard balls you can actually demonstrate that cause and effect does not exist but is merely a habitually created fiction of the mind.

Continuity: When the robots are looking for Anderton to scan his eye, he grabs a small cooler of ice and throws it into the bathtub to get in and hide. The next time the camera shows the tub, there is nearly 10 times as much ice in the tub.

Lara Anderton: How do you take your coffee?
Danny Witwer: Cream and sugar.
Lara Anderton: I don't have any cream, sorry.
Danny Witwer: Just sugar, then. You and John ever come here?
Lara Anderton: [begins to walk away towards the kitchen] We used to.
Danny Witwer: He's not here now is he?
Lara Anderton: [stops in the doorway and looks at him]
Danny Witwer: I had to ask.
Lara Anderton: [walks back to Danny and hands back his cup] I don't have any sugar, either.

User Review

What must film makers do? This was GOOD - believe nothing else.


I think some people just write reviews for sites like this because they like to complain. I actually find myself wondering if all the gripers here have actually seen Minority Report, as I just have, because I have to say that is one of the most gripping and involving movies I have seen in quite a while.

The content is amazing - all the little details that put the audience firmly in the middle of the 21st century. Personally I can absolutely believe that technology will have advanced in the kind of ways portrayed in the film within 50 years. Just look back 50 years into the past and you should be able to see why. The lives of everyday people in the film, where they are scanned and advertised 'at' all day every day, apart from an excuse for product placement (and why not?), certainly make you think about a world where 'they' know your every move (a future towards which we are already hurtling with some speed).

The style is amazing - why the wooden balls? Because they're cool is why. I like to think that as we progress as a civilization we will keep a few such elegant idiosyncrasies knocking around. The plastic, chrome and glass sets, objects and architecture all looked clean and functional and the way that they suck the color out of a scene worked well and gave the film a distinctive palette. The cars are the best looking vehicles I have ever seen in a film. I have only one criticism here - why do all the computer displays look like Macs? Surely a touch unrealistic ;)

The story is amazing - complicated, yes, but also engrossing, exciting and scary. There are elements here that are only hinted at, but which give the plot a depth increasingly lacking in modern action flicks. And it asks the kind of questions about morality, justice, exploitation and society that'll keep you thinking for much longer that the film's two and some hours.

The direction and performances are amazing - the pre-visualization on this movie must have been a nightmare and yet all the incredible special effects blend perfectly into a visual style that is completely natural and assured, as might be expected from Spielberg and Michael Kahn. There are, of course, numerous references and homages to the work of Stanley Kubrick, which have given a hint of the edge and flair of 'Clockwork Orange' or '2001'. I hope it will continue to be a big influence on Spielberg.

Cruise delivers a first class performance as usual, but the discovery of this film is Samantha Morton as Agatha. Who saw the film and didn't share her terror and vulnerability? Little touches such as the way she clings to Cruise, almost like a baby's reflex, make her a character you immediately care about, innocent and tragic.

Anyway, if that's not enough to recommend the film, then you'll probably never find another one you like again. But if you need another reason, go to see it just for another fantastic soundtrack from the master, John Williams.

Full marks, five stars, a must see several times and buy the DVD movie.

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