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Minority Report
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04.23.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
Minority Report order
Director:
Steven Spielberg

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Colin Farrell
Samantha Morton
Max Von Sydow

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a world where murder has been virtually eliminated due to the existence of “pre-cog's”- psychics that can predict murders before they happen, a detective (Tom Cruise) working for the pre-crime division is framed for a murder thats due to happen in thirty-six hours. In order the clear his name, he kidnaps one of the pre-cogs (Samantha Morton) in order to find out who is trying to frame him, and why?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Steven Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT is one of the highlights of Spielberg's recent filmography. It was his follow-up to A.I- which was his ill advised Stanley Kubrick homage, and one of his few flops. MINORITY REPORT was Spielberg's first collaboration with superstar Tom Cruise, who at the time was at the height of his career (this was the first of three great action vehicles for the star, with THE LAST SAMURAI, and COLLATERAL following in '04, and '05).

Watching MINORITY REPORT again, it's obvious that Kubrick was still on Spielberg's mind, as the film is full of references to 2001, and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, from the classical music Cruise listens to while working at Pre-Crime headquarters, to the insane bureaucracy that manages to get something as unconstitutional as Pre-Crime made part of the law.

However, it's still very much a Spielberg movie, with this being full of his recurrent family values theme (Cruise is tortured by the murder of his young son, and is estranged from his wife), not to mention plenty of crazy action sequences, including a hair-raising hover-pack fight scene, that ends on a Lexus factory assembly line. Cruise was really on fire in MINORITY REPORT, with Spielberg having him sport a close-cropped hair style that was a far cry from his feathered look in M:I:2, and VANILLA SKY, and embracing a “man of action” persona that has stuck with him to this day.

Colin Farrell, who was the “it-boy” at the time this was made, is very good as the sympathetic antagonist, although his death scene was a rip-off of a similar scene featuring Kevin Spacey in L.A CONFIDENTIAL. Farrell broke out big time after this came out, before having his popularity dwindle somewhat due to the tabloids never-ending obsession with him. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, Farrell's the best actor of his generation, and while he's at a bit of a low-ebb these days, I have no doubt he's one big film away from more popular than ever (IN BRUGES was a big step in the right direction).
THE EXTRAS
When I heard MINORITY REPORT was being issued on blu-ray, I assumed we'd be getting a port of the old two-disc DVD. I was surprised to discover that, in addition to porting over all the original features, we also get a whole bunch of new supplements, presented in HD no less!

These segments include:

The Future According to Steven Spielberg: Which is basically 18 featurette's- the only drawback's being that the interviews with Spielberg and Cruise were done in '02. It would have been great to see thier current perspective on the film, eight years after the fact.
Inside the World of Precrime A mock look into the world of Pre-Crime (spooky stuff)
Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg and Minority Report An interview with Philip K Dick's grand-daughter.
Minority Report: Future Realized A look at some of the handheld information devices in the film, which were actually based on technology that lead to the creation of iPhones, iPads, Balckberry's, etc.
Minority Report: Props of the Future A piece on the production design.
Highlights from Minority Report: From the Set: A look at how two of the big action set-pieces were shot.
  Minority Report: Commercials of the Future which is a look at the targeted advertising featured in the film as a result of a new retinal recognition system that allows advertisers access to a potential consumer's identity.
  Previz Sequences A previz look at the Hover-Pack chase, and the car factory fight sequence.
Finally, ported over from the original DVD we get:

From Story to Screen
Deconstructing Minority Report
The Stunts of Minority Report
ILM and Minority Report
Final Report
Production Concepts
Storyboard Sequences
and finally the trailers in HD
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Considering how well the two worked together here, it's a shame that their follow-up, WAR OF THE WORLDS was such a disappointment- with matters not being helped by Cruise's growing (and public) obsession with Scientology. Hopefully one day the two will re-team on a film worthy of both of their talents.
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