763. Minority Report

Background info

Title: Minority Report
Director: Steven Spielberg
Year: 2002
Run time: 2hrs 25m

“Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer’s familiar preoccupation with themes of concealed identity and mind control. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in the year 2054. Anderton works for “Precrime,” a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed the actual crime. Precrime bases its work on the visions of three psychics or “precogs” whose prophecies of future events are never in error. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as the future killer of a man he’s never met, he is forced to become a fugitive from his own colleagues as he tries to uncover the mystery of the victim-to-be’s identity. When he kidnaps Agatha (Samantha Morton), one of the precogs, he begins to formulate a theory about a possible frame-up from within his own department.”

Live blog

2:42 – God, the year 2054 doesn’t seem that far away now.
4:25 – I do think the way surveillance is going, they’d know who Howard Marks was very quickly.
8:24 – “We rarely see anything of premeditation anymore.” “People have got the message.”
10:29 – She said ‘wheels up’ but I didn’t see any wheels on that ship.
13:59 – Precrime trauma response unit.
17:30 – Oof, I forgot about the amazing cars. Right up to the house.
26:33 – Pattern recognition filter is a bit of a mean thing to say about them.
33:28 – “I guess glitches come in twos,” ha, not in movies.
42:39 – I like Colin Farrell’s realisation face. Oh, maybe I do hear a red ball.
47:46 – Love to know how they solved the battery problem in the live newspapers.
52:21 – Never noticed how much shaky-cam there is in this, must have been an early adopter.
59:01 – If the pre-cogs are by accident, how are they going to expand across the country?
59:40 – “How can you avoid a man you never met?’
1:14:14 – I always remember the awesome cars and forget about the bad eye stuff.
1:21:22 – The spiders are equally cute and terrifying.
1:27:17 – Why is there a plug hole big enough to fit a human through anyway?
1:29:10 – Jeez, I don’t mind the personalisation but stop telling everyone what I bought from the shop!
1:48:07 – How have I forgotten all these twists?
1:54:12 – Actual gasped out loud. And I’ve seen this before!
2:07:37 – Was he carrying his eye around this whole time? Grim!

Conclusions

Okay, so I have definitely seen this before, probably more than once, and yet watching it this time, I couldn’t remember much above and beyond the eye stuff (shudder!) and the awesome cars. In terms of the actual story, I didn’t know who was behind it or why, which just goes to show how well I paid attention to films in previous years.

This time, I was all over it, and yea, the eye stuff is a real low point in the film. What with the eyes and then the sandwich (bleurgh), it’s actually hard to watch that portion of the film. But the before and after are so brilliant, twisting, turning, moral questions, ethical dilemmas and generally good and unique action sequences, that it makes up for it.

I’m surprised this is a Spielberg, it didn’t fit what I would usually associate with him, but it’s a perfect Tom Cruise mission. Love it.

Rating: 5/5.

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