Minority Report

{4.5/5} “Everybody runs.”

John is chief in the precrime unit of the Washington DC police force. Due to the ability of three precogs to see murders in the future, the precrime unit has been able to eliminate all murders for the past six years — the murderers are caught beforehand. Precrime is set to go national and Danny has come from the justice department to look things over to make sure there are no flaws. Then the precogs predict that John himself will commit a murder — and he goes on the run.

Minority Report was released in 2002. This is the third or fourth time I’ve seen it.

It’s based on a story by Philip K. Dick, who also wrote the stories behind such movies as Blade Runner and The Adjustment Bureau.

It’s a gripping mystery, and John does the unthinkable in order to solve it.

The movie has a unique look to it. There’s some fascinating technology that makes you want to live in this future — except for the ads that follow you around.

The plants that move seem to be from some other movie.

One little problem: why is John still approved for entry into the precrime building after he’s become a fugitive?

Samantha Morton is amazing as Agatha, one of the precogs.

Minority Report is definitely one of the top 50 science fiction movies.

The mysterious music is by John Williams (Jurassic Park). It isn’t one of his most memorable scores but it’s OK. There’s also some Schubert — it’s the music Cruise’s character listens to when he’s working.

Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher) plays John and Colin Farrell (The Way Back) plays Danny. Max von Sydow (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) plays Lamar and Samantha Morton (Code 46) plays Agatha.

Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) plays the warden and Lois Smith (Dead Man Walking) plays the woman who invented precrime. Kathryn Morris (the TV show Cold Case) plays John’s ex-wife and Peter Stormare (Fargo) plays the doctor.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park).

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