December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 5, 2012

Minority Report (2002)

When it’s over, Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller about seeing into the future brings up moral questions about crime and punishment. The film takes place in 2054, where a new law enforcement called “Precrime” has eliminated crime in Washington D.C. by predicting crimes before it happens. To do this, the organization uses three gifted humans,called PreCogs, who have the ability to see into the future.  John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the head of operations, and believes Precrime to be flawless, until he is accused of a murder on an individual he doesn’t know.  Perspective is the key theme in this film and constantly shifts throughout.  Spielberg probes the idea that we can’t believe everything we see, because perception can be manipulated and how we see the same event can be different for each individual.  Ultimately, Anderton’s own perception is compromised and he must question the ethics behind Precrime.  Is the act of contemplation breaking the law?  Is justice being served when we punish someone for premeditating a crime?  What do you think? 

My rating:  3 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. I looove this film, the best one that Tom Cruise has ever done.. and maybe Spielberg's best as well (or a tie between Schindler's List). Both the look and the content are too me, very perfectly done. It has a similar theme to A Clockwork Orange. The moral dilemma between the the rights of the individual versus the safety of society. The only difference is, John Anderton was set up so to arrest him for his future crime would not be justifiable in any sense. It is a paradox though because had he not seen his future then the chain of events would probably not have led to him shooting the guy. There's just so much to ponder. Again, one of the best sci-fi films of all time.