31 October, 2020

Minority Report

Spielberg creates an intriguing world that is at once futuristic and accessible, it makes our collective imagination soar but is never alienating.

Minority Report
Starring: Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton, Max Van Sydow
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: ***

He made a hideous alien so achingly endearing in the now-you-weep-now-you-smile ET, and gave a swashbuckling dynamism to fantasy in Indiana Jones. Now Spielberg picks up Hitchcock's most enduring theme—innocent man on the run—and spins it anew in cyberspace. This may not warm the hearts of hardcore sci-fi buffs who worship Solaris or Blade Runner, but offers a roller-coaster excitement and beguiling fantasy to the rest.

Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, the film is set in a not-so-distant America of 2054. Minority Report is all about the radical changes in crime prevention. John Anderton (Cruise) is the head detective in the Department of Precrime in the district of Columbia, which has helped bring the murder rate in Washington DC down by 90 per cent. And how? Three androidal precogs float in a pool and...



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