For my first of my two reviews for the Spielberg blogathon, I bring you a review of Minority Report (2002).
This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & Freckled, It Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23–24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.
Thanks to Kellee, Aurora and Michael for letting me be a part of this blogathon.
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 2002, DVD and 21 Aug 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A detective in the future works to prevent future crimes even before they are committed via the help of 3 ‘mutants’ who possess prophetic visions of these crimes that will occur. When he himself is accused of a future murder, he must try and figure out who and why he is being set up.
My Take on it – This was Spielberg’s 20th movie as director and his first collaboration with friend Tom Cruise.
The movie is based on a story written by the great Philip Dick and has great themes set in a futuristic world. Like his previously adapted stories; Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Imposter, Next, The Adjustment Bureau and Paycheck, he has always been able to show his knack for compelling, interesting and thought provoking futuristic sci-fi themes.
Is everything fated to happen or do we all ultimately have free will? That is the main theme explored in this movie and with the use of special effects, it works extremely well.
The questions asked here are ones asked so many times beforehand, but Spielberg uses everything at his disposal to create a new twist to this age-old question.
Spielberg once again proved that he was able to move into a new unfamiliar genre (futuristic action) and bring us a fun and interesting movie to enjoy over and over for years to come.
I personally have seen this one numerous times and always love the way it is presented to us.
Bottom Line – Spielberg wields a great story with effective use of special effects and a thrilling mystery. Cruise is great in the title role. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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