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Minority Report [Celluloid Hero]


Minority Report (2002)


I know I’m ten years behind on this one. Honestly, I’m not much of a Tom Cruise fan so I kept putting it off, and after finally getting around to it. I usually like Spielberg’s directing, so I was hoping that would balance things out. I’m also becoming quite a fan of the work of Philip K. Dick, so I was interested to see how it would go.

Most of Dick’s stories involve the question of “what is reality”, from Blade Runner to Total Recall to Screamers to Minority Report. Blade Runner & Screamers were about human-like robots, Total Recall focused on implanted memories, while Minority Report takes more of a look at the future and prophecies and fate-versus-free-will.

Tom Cruise plays a cop in charge of the “Future Crimes” division, where crimes are predicted before they happen, saving the victim and essentially charging people before they do anything. It call into question the logical fallacy of changing the future, thereby negating the initial prediction. If you’re stopped before you commit murder, how can the future vision show you committing murder?

I’m still not a big fan of Tom Cruise. He’s made a bunch of movies I do enjoy, but there is just something about him that always makes me feel like I’m watching Tom Cruise act, as opposed to being fully into a character.

The only other issue I had was that something about the entire movie felt dated. I’m not sure if it’s just the advancements in CGI or what, but it all seemed like it would have been better if I saw it when it first came out. Still a fun movie, and it’s hard to knock it down just because of when it came out, so I won’t really hold that against it.


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On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, “Minority Report” gets a 6 out of 10.

[Each week, Varacchi explores cinema from his own perspective. From indie to foreign to mainstream, he’ll watch it all. Suggestions and recommendations are welcome, leave a comment below. CLICK HERE for the Celluloid Hero archives]

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