Friday, January 25, 2008

REVIEW: Minority Report

Minority Report

Year: 2002
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Neal McDonough, Samantha Morton
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
MPAA: Rated PG-13

Minority Report is a film that I just totally missed out on. I never got the chance to see it in theaters and never got the DVD when it launched. When I first saw the trailer for Minority Report, I thought it was going to be another action thriller based on Phillip K. Dick's work. It was only then that I noticed that legendary film director Steven Spielberg was attached to direct the movie. It made me so excited that the director of Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, etc. was going to do another adaptation of Dick's work. The film based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick turned out to be a great success when the film grossed an estimated $358 million worldwide. It was also pretty well received by critics around the world.

Plot Outline:
The year is 2054, John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the head of the pre-crime unit, a special branch of the police force that uses technology to tag and arrest criminals before they actually commit a murder. These prophecies are the work of three precogs, a young woman and two twin brothers who were the pregnant results of drug addicts. All goes wrong for Anderton's world when the female pre-cog, Agatha, points him out as a future murderer. Anderton hits the road running from Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) and his old police crew to find out who set him up, but also clear his name before they kill him.

The story is based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, the man who also wrote Blade Runner and Total Recall. The story starts off pretty well with the action and continues through out the 2 hour and 25 minutes. The premise has a very interesting concept that involves people arresting people for committing a murder they have not yet done. Each of the characters have their own personality that distinguishes them from each other. I think director Steven Spielberg did a pretty good job on the movie with his directing and I'm glad he didn't ruin this film since it was being pretty hyped because of the project being based on Phillip K. Dick's work. While I thought the story was pretty good, it wasn't as cleaver as Blade Runner. Their were also some parts of the plot that I disliked because we didn't get certain questions answered. I really wanted to know everything about this film, but I was left with only 90% of the movies story. Their were also a few minor plot holes that I didn't really find too distracting, but I do have to mention them here just in case someone asks.

The cast of Minority Report is pretty solid. Theirs nothing special or out of this world in terms of the cast. We have Tom Cruise playing the main character of Chief John Anderton. He does a pretty good job in his role, but their is just something about him that kind of distracts me simply because his character kind of reminds me of Ethan Hunt, a character Cruise played in the Mission Impossible series. Colin Farrell plays as Danny Witwer, the man after Cruise. He also does a pretty good job in his role, he plays that snoopy detective trying to find some kind of flaw at the pre-crime lab. We also get Max von Sydow playing Director Lamar Burgess and he does a pretty darn good job. Again, nothing special, but something pretty good. I found the cast overall, pretty solid.

The special effects for Minority Report are amazing. If their is one thing this film really does great at, its the special effects. The whole film was based on Dick's work so I was already expecting a future type atmosphere and I was right. The story is set in the distant future so we get the usual hovering cars, but also futuristic items. Minority Report has many moments where the special effects look too damn good, the film's budget of $103 million looks to have been used very effectively. The sky is very clear and bright most of the time with only a few instances where its dark. Detail is very noticeable with many of the cars looking fantastic and shiny. Its pretty crazy how good this film really looks. I wasn't expecting this type of special effects. This film would definitely be a keeper to own on High Def and in 1080p.

What good would the movie be without a good soundtrack to back it up and Minority Report has one. The movie has a pretty good soundtrack that's composed by Oscar winner John Williams. The movie features many moments where the music is really engaging and makes you feel like you their. The bass is cranked up pretty good with some scenes featuring intense chases like the jetpack flying scene. While I found the soundtrack to be pretty good, Its definitely no where near as amazing as William's other major hits like Jurassic Park or Star Wars. I'm not disappointed, but I am left wanting alittle more from the music. Still Minority Report has a good soundtrack that gives the movie some legs and keeps the action up.

Minority Report is a great film that uses the formula Phillip K. Dick created and adds Spielberg's finishing touches. The story has an interesting concept that works pretty well although it left me wanting alittle more. The cast is solid with many of the actors giving some pretty good performances. I found the special effects to be amazing with many scenes that just scream for High Def treatment. The soundtrack was pretty good and engaging although its no where near as fantastic as Williams previous projects. I can safely recommend this film to the die hard Phillip K. Dick fans out there and as for everyone, I suggest you check this film out if your interested in this type of genre.

Grade: B+

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