Starring: Tom Cruise, Collin Farrell, Samantha Morton,
Max Von Sydlow, Tim Blake Nelson, and Arye Gross.
Directed By: Steven Speilberg
Rated: PG-13 (Blunt warning: There's real creepy stuff
in this - leave the wee ones home)
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Minority Report is major entertainment and truly mesmerizing
may be, perhaps, Tom Cruise's finest role. And Steven Spielberg,
who is by far one of our greatest celluloid story tellers, delivers
his tall tale head held high like the master craftsman of make
believe he's become. Heck he seems to have always been.
Story goes..... it's 2054 and an organization called the Department
of Precrime has developed an infallible way of preventing murders;
they simply interrupt perpetrator before they actually get to
the killin'. How? Well, I don't want to ruin that for you, but
I will say, it involves three creepy semi-submerged uber beings
that survived from genetic testing gone bad
their watery liar they spit out detailed, yet cryptic, visions.
These visions are more like short films, if you will, of a victim
being done-in and the killer red handed. The information is streamed
from these glowing sci-fi mind wave reader gadgets perpetually
attached to their heads.
Precognants, as the three are called, are able to give the Precrime
facility the victim and the killer's name, as well as the date
and time within all the horrific images. The department's "pre-cops"
then peruse the images, search databases and piece together the
puzzle with the goal of getting to the scene before the event
actually happens. They then burst in and the would be killer is
arrested for the crime he was a nanosecond from completing and
stored in a test tubey thingy prison cell back at the Department
top pre-crime cop at the facility is John Anderton (Tom -looking
hunky there Mr.- Cruise). He whips through the visual file the
Precognants have spit out for him from their precious life saving
however they say it is John Anderton who will absolutely kill
Leo Crowe in less then two days. They are never wrong
can't think of anyone he would need to kill in the next couple
of days, but as a man disclosed by the all-seeing three as a killer,
he must flee if he hopes to save himself from getting the "halo"
and being thrown into the test tube for killers back at the department.
Can he find out why, suddenly, an infallible system of pointing
out criminals of heinous crimes has suddenly made such a dramatic
and obvious mistake? Mmmm, could be.
does that story sound great or what? Talk about an exciting
and original premise! And as if the sci-fi squared tale were not
tall enough, you get the exalted Grand Poobah of directors behind
the lens, Spielberg. I will say though, Stevie always has
to go and Spielberg up his stories
you know what I mean;
wacky comic relief and oh-so-perfect- fluff-n-nutter parts that
make you want to upchuck!
reminds me you may want to pack your MPB©
(Movie Puke Bag) for this one. There's an operation scene that
will go down in the film archives within the top ten " nausea
and uncontrollable squirming by audience members causing scene"
award. And for the film buffs in the readership watch for the
LA Confidential scene
you'll know it when you see it!
Blake Nelson has a smaller but wonderful role as Pre-crime's
kind of gatekeeper Gideon. Just off enough to make you feel something's
Farrell is mesmerizingly handsome. It was hard to focus on
his character, the weasely McCathy-era esque Ed Witwer, with all
that protein - heavy studmuffinness filling the screen. His career
is taking off and rightfully so because sure he's delectably edible
like kebabs gently grilled and dripping with succulent juices
urging you to nibble slowly to keep the magic of the moment as
long as possible, but he's also a talented actor who diversifies
and delivers with each character shift. Yum-o-rama!
Cruise is all beefcaked up and running around so much he makes
the M.I. guy look like a spy-
hack. Minority Report's John Anderton is a great, great role for
this guy. For this handsome, handsome honey glazed donut of a
Minority Report is sci-fi so don't pick away at the story
too deep. Go in with a child-like belief and enjoy. The team with
Spielberg has created another futuristic world that is less ominous,
much smoother, more believable and a genuine hoot to peak at than
last year's A.I..
sure to pay no attention to how fast Cruise seems to heel
after a particularly dramatic surgery. Just go along for the ride
and break open that left side of your mind for a few hours!
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