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 director Steven Spielberg does a pretty good job with the futuristic visuals, especially in the film's 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", who are kept in a permanent state of suspended animation in a pool, where they have the power to determine murders before they happen and the police prevent them based on the information gleaned. However, when one of the agents in charge of the pre-crime 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.
There is a paradoxical issue to the plot which can be easily pulled apart if you think about it, but it's equally just as easy to simply go with it and enjoy the ride.