There is an interesting time paradox, which has been used a lot but it is difficult to make excellent on screen, of human free will before the fate. When the future unfolds before us, signals that it will happen, do we still have the right to choose and change? The combination of science fiction and political reflection, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is one of the rare films that will satisfy everyone.
In the not-too-distant future, identified from the first scene in 2054, Washington is now the safest city in the United States. A project that has been put into practice for six years named “Precrime,” has completely eradicated 100% of homicides. Ideally than catching the perpetrator, they stop the case from happening before they happen. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is the prefect of Precrime. Motivation to help him wholeheartedly with the project, is the missing son believed to have died years ago. John wants to prevent similar pain.
Often, directors will have to spend a great deal of time explaining the method, which is as complex as Minority’s, and has to maintain the focus of the viewer. Spielberg did that great in the first 15 minutes, feeling the same overwhelmed feeling like the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan. Based on classical music, and really like the orchestration, Anderton uses his hands to adjust and analyze a murder. Like an excellent “trailer”, with a fast, neat, rhythmic rhythm that rationalises, instantly captures the viewer.
Since then, the heart of the Precrime project has surfaced. All in the prophetic trio, but used as mummies in the secret chamber, including the male twins, and a young girl named Agatha (Samantha Morton). Their heads are connected to long strings, and images from the brain are transferred to the screen. For 6 years they constantly reported on all the murders going on, like a long nightmare. We will question this cruel treatment somewhat. The answer comes shortly after. “They are not human,” one employee said. “But more than that.”
This system, which is operating effectively, was threatened by a new investigator named Danny (Collin Farrell). He is trying to find the possible holes in the Precrime project, which is considered perfect. It comes immediately. While tracking the image of a new case, Anderton found himself a perpetrator, killing a man he did not know. Assuming trapped, Anderton escaped from the police department, and gradually proved that the future was unlikely.
Like Spielberg’s own description, the Minority is “50 percent of the characters and 50 percent of the complex story with mysterious layers and knots.” This could be Spielberg’s most solid art form. The narrative, in the genre of detective fantasy is not his specialty. A master performance on how to combine action scenes, detailed knitting, while ensuring depth of character and remarkable creativity in machine angles. Anderson’s fight with the police in the apartment building, right now at 2015, it’s still hard to find rivals in any other movie. Appealing to suffocation, with a lot of interesting details, but still intertwined with Spielberg’s characteristic stuff.
Similar to the classics of the genre, Minority possesses a class of fictitious backgrounds. And interestingly, almost the technological capabilities in the film (except for predicting the future), have been and are becoming a reality. Viewers may not pay much attention to the multi-touch operation that Anderton uses, because they are doing it everyday with touch phones. When launching this technology for the first time with an iPhone, Apple has compared “it will be like the Minority Report.” The scanning technology for identifying the identity has been put to the test. The spies, which may not be as smart as the show, are also being developed.
The reason for the substance to think so close, is the investment of Spielberg. When he invited a lot of experts in science and security, the same thought was given to create the most feasible reality in 2054. Highlighting is a matter of human security, the factor that weighs the film. . 2002 is the time when this problem is becoming serious in the United States, with the terrorist disaster in the twin towers, as well as community violence in the risk of violence. Is there a way to permanently make sure there are no murders? Minority brings a hypothesis, and seeks to prove it.
We will occasionally feel similarities, in small details, with works of the same genre. Looper (2012) also features a person attempting to change a given future. Memories of cards, along with some short scenes of where people are engulfed in false memories, suggest Strange Days. Just as there is a post-apocalyptic world, or dark, dark future, placed in the danger of permanent violence. They share the same stuff, reflecting on the problems facing governments today: how much will people accept to lose freedom, in exchange for better protection? In the movie, there is an excellent scene when the bugs “examine” the people right in their homes, in between their daily routines.
But Minority is not just a politically dry story, or a fictional story. It leads the viewer with emotional emotions, the relationship between parents and children, as well as loss. Spielberg, like Wes Anderson, grew up in a broken family, but he rarely exposed them in his films. Minority belongs to the few. Along with Tom Cruise’s next film, War Of The Worlds (2005), he plays the role of fathers searching for or protecting their children, against seemingly impossible forces. . War of the Worlds is alien. And this movie is fate.
The emotional substance is supported by convincing performances. Cruise is at the height of his career, and as always, mastering every scene he appears in. Cruise has taken almost no effort to make viewers watch, worry and sympathize with the characters themselves. He performs the climax so smoothly, we will forget about either rating or comparison with other roles, which is usually done when Cruise appears. The other brightest star is Samantha Morton as Agatha, without the need for multiple layers or duration, she still makes a strong connection with Cruise. Together, and with Spielberg’s special musical selections, they create unforgettable scenes. Typically a scene of “balloons” in the mall, with the romantic “Moon Rivers”, bring a strange and beautiful poetry.
The Minority Report, originally thought to be the next part of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall, was unveiled by Spielberg as a work of no merit. Its value, can be considered by the intimacy somewhat scary these days. Especially after the bloody terror in Paris. When the issues mentioned in the film not only mitigate, but the opposite, more realistic. That’s not a fantasy.