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John Anderton is a cop who gets framed for a murder he will commit.
John Anderton: Award Winning Finger Dancer.
Chief John Anderton of Pre-Crime is a drug addict, grief-stricken father of a dead child who is predicted to commit a murder. His son Sean is kidnapped and dies due to his negligence, and Anderton is haunted by the memory. As a result, he takes drugs and is estranged from his ex-wife. On the law enforcement side, he is the leader of a police organization that uses Precogs, or psychics, to predict and prevent murder. Unfortunately, Anderton is accused of committing a crime in the future. He must run to clear his name or fulfill his destiny.
John Anderton is based loosely on the main character from the 1956 Philip K. Dick short story "Minority Report."
Action Anderton Jumps into Standing around Confused.
Chief John Anderton leads the successful Pre-Crime division in 2054 Washington, D.C. where psychics are used to accuse people of future murders and the Constitution does not matter. Murderers and victims are identified by an unnecessary and inefficient system of carving wooden balls with their names. Anderton himself performs the delicate hand ballet required to analyze data downloaded from the psychic Precogs. When a murderer is identified, the division jumps into a hovercopter and repels into the anticipated crime scene. Anderton and his team then use jetpacks, sick sticks, and halos to pacify victims and place them in a coma. Anderton himself is famous for being active in his crime prevention.
Anderton Handles His Ball.
Project director Lamar Burgess uses Anderton's anger over his son's death to frame him of a future murder. While an Department of Justice agent named Danny Witwer investigates the division for abuse of power, John Anderton is accused by the Precogs of murdering a man Anderton has never met: Leo Crow. John Anderton knows that he will be arrested and imprisoned, so he flees. "Everybody runs."
Anderton evades the pursuit of his former compatriots. To accomplish this task, he jumps through plate glass windows, uses a vomit-inducing wand on a Pre-Crime agent, goes on a wild jetpack ride, and jumps from car to car on a technological magnetic highway of the future. He then steals a car that needs no computer control and drives it to the rural house of Dr. Iris Henimen. Dr. Hineman informs him that sometimes the Precogs disagree about the future, disagreeing on which time line is about to be realized. The disagreement is filed under a Minority Report. Anderton thinks this report is the key to his exoneration as it may hold a different future.
Gaaah! My Vision!
Anderton plans to return to Pre-Crime Headquarters to kidnap the lead Precog Agatha. First, Anderton gets his eyes replaced by a crazy, Black Market surgeon because eye scanning is prevalent in 2054. Advertisements and tiny spider robots can identify people by retinal scan. With new eyes, Anderton avoids detection and infiltrates Pre-Crime via a back door. He then steals Agatha, takes her to a pleasure center in a local mall, and retrieves data from her mind. She outputs a murder that took place before Pre-Crime was established. It is the murder of Anne Lively. Anderton is confused, so travels with Agatha to the apartment of Leo Crow.
Anderton Fulfills His Destiny.
Anderton finds a scene designed by Lamar Burgess to cause him to murder Crow. On the bed are pictures of kidnapped children, including Anderton's son Sean. Anderton decides that kidnapped and murdered his son and goes into a rage. Crow arrives, and Anderton points a gun at him. When Anderton refuses to kill Crow, Crow explains that he was paid to leave the evidence on the bed and be killed by Anderton. His family is in dire financial trouble, and the man who contracted him will pay the family a fortune for his death. Crow pulls the trigger on the gun still held by Anderton, killing himself. Anderton flees with Agatha. Everybody runs... still.
Anderton is Placed in Future Prison.
Anderton seeks refuge for himself and Agatha at the ocean front home of his ex-wife Lara. Lara and Anderton reminisce about their son. She explains to Anderton that she left him not because he lost their son but because he became a drug addict. Lara also calls Pre-Crime to tip them to Anderton's arrival. After she turns Anderton in, Anderton explains that Lamar Burgess is hunting him because he knows about the murder of Anne Lively. Lamar Burgess is the murderer of Anne Lively -- the mother of Agatha. He needs Agatha, so he kills Agatha's mother who did not want her in the program. Burgess then covers up the crime at any cost so that Pre-Crime appears perfect. Plus he does not go to jail. Lara is suspicious, but the point is moot as Pre-Crime Jetpack Troopers burst onto the scene and arrest Anderton. John Anderton is put into a storage facility in a catatonic state. A paraplegic organ player watches over the prisoners.
Burgess and Anderton Stare down the River of Time.
After several revelations, Lara rescues Anderton and turns her former husband loose on Lamar Burgess. Anderton confronts Burgess at a retirement ceremony. Burgess receives a functioning Civil War pistol with actual bullets as a gift from the rich benefactors in attendance. However, Burgess' night turns for the worse as Anderton's friends in Pre-Crime show a memory from Agatha to the crowd. It shows Lamar Burgess murdering Anne Lively. This event triggers the Precogs to identify Burgess as the future murderer of Anderton. Anderton and Burgess meet. Burgess proves that Precognition does not work as he kills himself. Anderton is sad that Burgess kills himself, but happy that the situation resolved itself and that he is not dead. Anderton wins.
Things Work out for Anderton. Or His wife Put on a lot of Weight.
Anderton is cleared of all charges and reconciles with his ex-wife. They eventually have another child. Anderton frees himself of drug addiction. It is unknown whether he continues his finger dancing.
Personality and Traits
Anderton Has 3 Settings: Angry, Confused, and Catatonic.
John Anderton is a man haunted by guilt. His guilt drives many passions including drug abuse, crime fighting, and psychic stealing. He is quick to anger and panic. He never plans ahead despite being the chief of an organization that predicts the future. He is slow-witted, constantly confused, and confrontational. He alienates everyone around him, including his wife and friends. He is a focused man who directs all of his energy on one task at a time. Anderton runs head first into any situation despite the injury he may incur.