Saturday, May 29, 2010

Movie Of The Day - Minority Report

MINORITY REPORT (2002) d: Steven Spielberg

What was billed, and released, as a summer blockbuster I think slightly hurt a film that is more than that. While there is action and a star lead this Steven Spielberg film, based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, is really an old fashioned film noir.

Three people have the pre-sight of people being murdered so the Pre-Crime division gets the scattered images from the "precogs" and decyphers them to discover who is going to be murdered and by whom. Then they swoop in and arrest the person before the crime happens. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) heads the unit until one day one of the visions reveals himself murdering a stranger. This leads to an unraveling of a mystery with twists and turns and even a few action sequences. But this science fiction film is at heart an old fashioned film noir set against a science fiction backdrop. And I absolutely love film noir so this film was really something when I saw it in the theatre upon release. This is also arguably, after 'Saving Private Ryan', Spielberg's best film since 'Schindler's List'. A tight film with some real suspenseful moments and a climax that is about character not explosions. So strange that a big budget sci-fi summer movie with state of the art digital effects is more in line with the low budget black and white films of the 1940's. And desevedly so. An underrated film and one I was happy to revisit.

3 comments:

Miranda Angelic said...

I never saw this film. I seem to remember the trailer didn't look that interesting, but as I have learned, most trailers that are terrible are for the best movies! And didn't realize it was Spielberg.

SgtPeppers said...

I should rewatch this one. I saw it in the theater and didnt care for it.

Gory said...

Miranda you should check it out. I think it's one a lot of people dismissed and it's a shame.

Jerry you should give it another chance. I think when you take the summer blockbuster element out of it and enjoy it on a more film noir type of level I think you'll dig it.