MINORITY REPORT (12)
D: Steven Spielberg
20th Century Fox (Jan de Bont, Bonnie Curtis, Gerald R. Molen & Walter F. Parkes)
W: Scott Frank & Jon Cohen [based on the story by Philip K. Dick]
DP: Janusz Kaminski
Ed: Michael Kahn
Mus: John Williams
PD: Alex McDowell
Tom Cruise (John Anderton),,Colin Farrell (Danny Witwer), Samantha Morton (Agatha Lively), Max Von Sydow (Lamar Burgess), Peter Stormare (Dr. Solomon P. Eddie)
Another high-tech concept from Philip K. Dick gets the big screen treatment, and Steven Spielberg does a pretty good job with the futuristic visuals, especially in the darker moments.
In a distant future of ubiquitous product placement and zero tolerance to crime, a government unit uses a group of psychics, dubbed "pre-cogs" and kept in suspended animation pool, to determine and prevent murders before they even happen, but when one of the cops in charge of the unit is deemed guilty of killing a man he is yet to have met, he runs...
Tom Cruise is in his comfort zone in this spin on paranoia chase thrillers, with enough action set pieces to keep it ticking over nicely. The film's best moments come when he kidnaps one of the pre-cogs to prove his innocence. Samantha Morton really should have received at least a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, she doesn't have an awful lot to do, but when she gets her chance to shine, she grabs it.