Minority Report (2002) – Encore Review


“My father once told me, “We don’t choose the things we believe in; they choose us.”” – Lamarr Burgess

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 2002, DVD, 21 Aug 2014 and 28 Jun 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A futuristic cop suspects that he is being framed for a potential murder in the future and must try and find a way clear his name.

My Take on it – This is a film that has always been among my favorites because of its subtle use of special effects in the way things play out.

The look and feel of this movie is the continuation of our current society and that helps keep things feeling real the whole way though.

The whole concept of arresting someone and incarcerating them based solely on what they planned to do, even if it doesn’t actual happen is very ingenious even if that isn’t the soundest idea from a legal standpoint today.

Tom Cruse is superbly cast in the lead role and the investigation that he conducts while trying to figure out who has framed him is thrilling to watch unfold.

The story is non-stop action and brings in lots of thrills on the way which enhance things even more.

The movie is able to give an overview of the concept of this futuristic society that helps keep things feeling quite plausible and realistic.

The special effects are amazing to look at in this movie and helps to also keep things more realistic feeling the whole way through.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The adaptation of the short story “The Minority Report” by Philip K. Dick was originally planned as a sequel to Total Recall (1990) by the writers of the Total Recall movie, Ronald Shusett and Gary Goldman (later joined by Robert Goethals). The setting was changed to Mars with the Precogs being people mutated by the Martian atmosphere, as established in the first film. The main character was also changed to Douglas Quaid, the man played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The project eventually fell apart due to Carolco’s bankruptcy (after, in an attempt to save itself financially, the indebted studio chose to produce the pirate adventure and huge box office bomb Cutthroat Island (1995) instead of this and Paul Verhoeven’s “Crusade”, a bloody war adventure and satire of the medieval Catholic church starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlton Heston as the warmongering Pope) but the writers, who still owned the rights to the original story, rewrote the script, removing the elements from “Total Recall”. This script was eventually tossed out when writer Jon Cohen was hired in 1997 to start the project over from scratch. The only original element from the early script which made it to the final film is the sequence in the car factory, an idea that Steven Spielberg loved. This led to the original writers suing for the right to have their name in the film’s credits as co-writers. Due to the extremely strict rules of the writers’ guild about how much of the script must be written by a person to get the writing credit, the final ruling was that the original writers can only get the executive producer credit, and not the writing credit, which they begrudgingly agreed to. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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