Minority Report

Starring: Tom Cruise, Steve Harris, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell, Daniel London, Lois Smith

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Produced by: 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise-Wagner Productions

Distributed by: Dreamworks

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 5, 2002
Viewing Location: Union Square, New York City Grade: A
Summary: Excellent flick, better than expected.
I was expecting another Tom Cruise loser, but this move exceeded my expectations. It was exciting from start to finish. Both this film and Blade Runner are based on stories by Philip K. Dick, and there is a similarity of a dark future portrayed by both films.

The trailer makes it seem like the movie is all washed out of color, but it's not, so don't worry. Many parts of the future are pretty neat to watch, especially the elevator cars, and other parts really are disconcerting, such as the total lack of privacy with retinal scans every ten feet. I guess the cars were too futuristic for a mere 40-50 years in the future, but the rest of the movie was pretty much as I expect things could be.

The sound was great, the effects were great, and Spielberg remains one of the best directors around. Probably the best movie I've seen this year.  

B+ B+ B+
Review by Jigen Date seen: July 13, 2002
Viewing Location: Bellingham, WA - Sehome Grade: B+
Summary: A good rebound for Spielburg after AI
A fun ride if you never mind the plot holes - you could drive trucks through 'em. I've read some Philip K Dick as well, but not "The Minority Report", so I had nothing to base the movie off of. Like many Spielberg movies, he provides a fantastic vision without being campy. The effects are of good quality, but he keeps them toned down enought they almost become seemless. I started to see things not as "effects", but as objects of his world and this helped to sell the setting. There are some good performances here, but nothing of particular note. Someone get a memo to Lucas and Spielberg though to please kill the "factory" fight scenes. Are robotic arms with welding torches really that cool? 

A- A- A-
Review by hughjtoad Date seen: November 20, 2002
Viewing Location: theater Grade: A-
Summary: Well it had the same TITLE as the story
I am a big Philip K. Dick fan so I was excited when I heard that they were making this movie. Then I heard Tom Cruise was in it and my enthusiasm took a nose dive. However, I liked it. I quickly put aside any expectation that it would be like the story. The joke is that despite the title, the "minority report" does not play a key role in the plot. However, the design of the objects and lifestyle elements and so on in the movie were brilliant, and the plot, while not ingenious, was sufficient. Mr. Cruise was pretty good I have to admit.  

B+ B+ B+
Review by Finrod Date seen: May 31, 2003
Viewing Location: dvd Grade: B+
Summary: Spielberg and Cruise got together to make an action movie
So Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise got together to make an action movie. Enh, they did a decent job, but at the lack of coherence in some ways. For example: the chances of their being That Big of a city across the river from DC in 50 years is pretty much 0-- maybe if it was 150-200 years in the future, but not just 50. Also, unless they took back the chunk of Virginia that was originally part of DC but was given back, across the Potomac from DC isn't inside DC any more-- why is a DC cop of any division going there?

But overall it was a decent and entertaining movie, and better than I expected.  

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