MI­NOR­ITY REPORT (2002) ONE, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

This brainy and ex­tra­or­di­nary $200 mil­lion sci-fi meets noir thriller by Steven Spiel­berg should be clas­si­fied as one of the Amer­i­can clas­sics.

Loosely based on a short story by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick (who wrote the sto­ries that be­came movie hits such as BladeRun­ner and TotalRecall), the pulse-pound­ing events of Mi­nor­i­tyRe­port are set in the US cap­i­tal of Washington in 2054.

Passionate film en­thu­si­ast Spiel­berg, his reg­u­lar di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy Janusz Kamin­ski – who has bleached most of the colour from the print to main­tain the at­mos­phere of noir – and the film’s de­sign­ers (both set and cos­tumes) cre­ate a fu­ture that is en­tirely be­liev­able (down to the way we’ll com­mute and go shop­ping).

Spiel­berg’s treat­ment is al­ways ex­hil­a­rat­ing, de­spite the dark na­ture of the 144-minute story, and its themes of in­di­vid­ual free­dom, loss and be­trayal should ap­peal.

You def­i­nitely do have to pay at­ten­tion, but it’s made easy as Spiel­berg shuns ex­tended patches of di­a­logue, lim­it­ing talk to es­sen­tials. The movie is full of sur­pris­ing vi­su­als to re­mind you that you are watch­ing the fu­ture, it keeps flow­ing with twists and turns (some amus­ing) that al­ways add to the thriller el­e­ment.

Along with the cen­tral char­ac­ter of a de­tec­tive named John An­der­ton (draw­ing a ca­reer-best per­for­mance from Tom Cruise) – you ea­gerly sub­mit to the film­maker and wait for the pieces to be fit­ted into the puz­zle. No one dis­ap­points.

On the run: Tom Cruise gives a stel­lar per­for­mance in Mi­nor­i­tyRe­port.

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