Minority Report

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Tom Cruise

DreamWorks Home Video | August 23, 2005 | DVD

Minority Report is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Far more resonant -- and creepy -- than a sci-fi story set in a far-distant time, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report bumps our imaginations a mere half-century or so forward to 2054. In Washington D.C., troubled cop John Anderton (Tom Cruise) immerses himself in his work in the innovative and astonishingly effective Precrime unit, which uses "precogs" -- a trio of pale savants brain-damaged by drug-addicted mothers -- who can see murders before they happen. This is a system Anderton could have used several years before when his young son was snatched from a public pool, a tragedy that destroyed his marriage and drove him to seek solace in neuroin, the near-future's drug of choice.

Anderton's fierce loyalty to the Precrime program takes on a sordid twist when he himself is tagged as a future murderer, his name etched into a wooden ball by a pleasingly Rube Goldbergish device amid the high-tech world of mid-21-century policing, with its jet-packs, "sick sticks" and menacing "halos" -- a chilling sort of handcuffs for the mind. Indeed, it is in the high-tech details and "incidental" special effects that the film really makes an impact: a cereal box that plays its jingle when it is picked up; interactive, real-time newspapers with headlines that show breaking news; highways that do the driving, both in the horizontal and vertical planes; and omnipresent billboards that scan people's retinas so as to address them by name with their pitches -- the Gap has never been quite that creepy. Solid performances by Cruise, Colin Farrell (in a greasy haircut and bad moustache as the ambitious Fed after Anderton's job) and Samantha Morton (as the waifish precog Agatha) would have pleased Philip K. Dick, whose eponymous short story inspired this top-grade sci-fi thriller.

Video Release: August 23, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

Runtime: 146

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 678149083125

Found in: Action / Adventure, Action / Adventure, Cops / Murder / Mysteries, Futuristic / Space, General, General, General, Mystery / Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Thrill Ride You always hear people talk about how certain movies made people sit on the edge of there seat, type of deal, right? I am usually not one of those people, I never sit on the edge of my seat, and I never really but my body through the movie, if that makes any sense. Well this movie made me. I was sitting on the edge of y bed the whole way through the movie. Tom Cruise gave a great performance, as he always does. Colin Farrel gave a great performance, at the beginning of the movie, you know your suppose to hate he character, but by the end you forget all about that, and start to feel sorry for him, great acting. Great movie Steven Speilberg.
Date published: 2009-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good movie but really confusing. In the year 2054 the Justice Department has set up it's first Precrime unit in Washington DC. Through the visions of three psychic "precogs" who can see homicides before they actually occur, members of the precrime unit (precops) can arrest people before they commit murder. Murder has literally become non-existent in DC. Chief of the Precrime unit John Anderton (Tom Cruise) believes in the system 100%. Six years ago his son disappeared and now he pours himself into his work in hopes of preventing what happened to his son from happening to others. It makes no sense that Anderton's name comes up in the system as a murderer-to-be. He desperately tries to prove his innocence, but if this premonition is a lie, then the system he believes in and lives by is a failure. I don't predict any awards given for this film. However, credit must be given to the brilliant creativity and vision of director Steven Spielberg. I noticed definite influences from the late Stanley Kubrick here. This future world that Spielberg creates is extremely well thought out and detailed, some real brilliance here (I can't say too much). This is a typical role for Tom Cruise. Max von Sydow wonderfully plays Cruise's boss, Lamar Burgess, Director of Precrime. This is a fast-paced film, not just with action, but also with dialog, ideas and new concepts. It doesn't leave you in the dust, though. Everything comes together nicely
Date published: 2009-04-12

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Minority Report

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Tom Cruise

Video Release: August 23, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

Runtime: 146

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: DreamWorks Home Video

UPC: 678149083125


Edition Description
  • Runtime: 146 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English

Description

IN THEATRES: JUNE 21, 2002 In this futuristic film, based on the science fiction story by Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg directs Tom Cruise as a cop who patrols to find and identify future criminals before they commit actual crimes. However, when the system backfires, terror sets in. The film's tagline is Everybody Runs.

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Theatrical release: June 21, 2002