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