Minority Report

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

DreamWorks Home Video | August 23, 2005 | DVD

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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

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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
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