Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2002 sci-fi action thriller, Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise.
This is another sci-fi movie that has been on my list to check out for some time now. I rented it on iTunes for full transparency (it isn't on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime yet) so this will be a review with that in mind, meaning is it worth paying for outright (short answer: yes).
The plot follows John Anderton (Cruise) who works in the prototype "Pre-Crime" division in Washington, DC in the year 2054. Utilizing special individuals who can tell the future, "pre-cogs", Anderton and his team prevent crime from happening and imprison the individuals for their future crime. Everything is going well until Anderton gets caught up in a conspiracy and finds himself alleged of the future murder of someone he has never met.
Minority Report is carried mostly by the performance of Cruise, and it works. They build a universe around him and give some depth on his character's personal struggles and drive. Anderton fully believes in the system he works in, until he has doubt in it and then is alleged of a crime himself. The twists and turns all make sense and add to the fun of the movie, which has some great action and a solid performance from Cruise.
This movie is certainly worth paying a few dollars for to rent. It's not the best movie or a perfect movie, but it works and is entertaining. It is also certainly of it's time. With the John Williams score and early 2000s CGI, it reminded me of Star Wars Episode II, but this movie is far better than that. Colin Farrell gives a strong turn as a skeptical federal agent in one of his earlier major film roles. It also has some substance, depth, and a dark angle to it as Anderton is a depressed, grieving, drug using cop who is compelled by a regret for losing his young son years before.
I recommend checking out Minority Report if you are looking for some unique, original, modern sci-fi. I also enjoy finding new, different stuff in the genre, so I am happy I was able to watch this movie.
You can find Minority Report on any and all of your favorite VOD services!