In the year 2054, Washington DC's Department of Precrime
seems to offer the perfect solution to homicide. Thanks to
the predictions of three clairvoyants, would-be murderers
are arrested before they have the chance to harm anyone. The
system is supposed to be infallible - until Precrime cop John
Anderton finds that he himself has been implicated...
follows up the truly dire A.I. with a very different
movie. Minority Report is grittier, more dark and generally
far removed from previous Spielberg projects.
readers will feel at home as the world we are introduced to
is not dissimilar to that of Mega-City One's department of
who marvelled at the cityscapes depicted in classic movies
like Blade Runner and Total Recall will feel
right at home, but then those too were based on Philip K Dick
stories. However the world of Minority Report is further
explored and we get to see a number of bizarre futuristic
devices and weapons. The
citizens of the future must submit to retina scans wherever
they travel or shop. Advertisements are more invasive than
ever, with devices exploiting retinal IDs to target specific
shoppers and hard-sell products to them. With a touch of cynical
irony, the latter story element dovetails a little too neatly
with some of the most shameless product placement that I have
ever seen in a movie.
weapons include police "sick sticks" - non-lethal weapons
that incapacitate suspects by inducing vomiting as well as
a gun which uses sound waves to incapacitate living creatures.
In the extras to the DVD Spielberg talks of how these weapons,
as well as transportation devices like the Maglev system,
were created by a think tank where everyone was encouraged
to throw any ideas, however weird, into the arena.
other extras on the disc are of standard quality. With features
that look at the story and the possibility of any of the technology
being introduced in the future; a feature on the actors and
characters; stunt sequences and a look at a number of special
effects sequences. Frankly I'd rather pay less and just receive
the movie, but the extras are fairly interesting.
wonderfully fresh movie from Spielberg which is destined to
become a classic alongside Blade Runner.
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