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  • And if so, if you prevent a murder from happening, would it have happened, and furthermore, would the potential subject be guilty of the crime that did not even take place

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      If you prevent an event from happening, does it change whether or not it will happen? And if so, if you prevent a murder from happening, would it have happened, and furthermore, would the potential subject be guilty of the crime that did not even take place? The Department of Precrime in Washington, DC, in the not too distant future, has put an end to murder in the city in MINORITY REPORT, and poses that very same question. Thanks to the help of three pre-cognitive, or PreCogs, brain damaged children of drug abusers healed by genetic engineering, who can foresee murders before they happen, Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) and Director Lamar Burgess (Max Von Sydow) have implemented a system so “perfect” that there has been no murder in the city for the last six years.


      FBI agent Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell). Due to the overwhelming success of the Precrime department, the United States government is now proposing to institute implementing Precrime across the country, and have sent Agent Witwer to the Department of Precrime to find flaws in the system and determine it’s validity before it is instituted across the country. During his investigation, he finds that John Anderton is a discreet user of a new designer drug, which he uses to escape the pain of the tragic death of his son, which occurred just six months before the development of Precrime. To further add to John’s troubles, he finds himself the suspect of the latest case “seen” by the PreCogs.

      Adapted from a short story by Philip K. Dick, director Steven Spielberg (Artificial Intelligence: AI, Schindler’s List) tells a provocative story ...

      • of “What if?” What if we knew a murder was going to happen before it happens: what if we had “false positives”, or a precognition that ultimately never came to be: what if criminals were to find ways around the system and cause others to be blamed for their crimes? And the ultimate question that Spielberg poses to us: Do we have a choice in the events of our lives, or are the courses of our lives up to fate?

        Complex in its story, Minority Report does mix the philosophical and emotional context well, while taking us on a thrilling action ride as John tries to clear his name. As John discovers the existence of anomalies in the PreCogs, or Minority Reports, and searches for his own to clear his name, he is constantly haunted by visions of

        his fallen son in the events leading to his death. These buried feelings finally come to a head when John finally confronts Leo Crow, the man he is supposed to kill, and believes he is responsible for his son’s murder, but in the heat of passion, discovers he can make a choice, and thus alters (his until then) unwavering belief in the system he helped develop. Although he resolves his issues regarding his son and re-unites with his estranged wife, whom we find pregnant, with John’s child, as the story draws to an end, we are not left with a definitive statement on the merits of the system of Precrime, with the exception of the concerns of corruption regarding those who administer it, which leaves the audience wondering and discussing the validity of that system for a time to come.

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