I’m not a very big science fiction fan. In fact, I have a very active dislike for science fiction. But there’s no denying a good picture, and Minority Report is a very good picture, despite what distain I may have for the genre it’s based in. Here’s a film that is very nicely shot. The sets are beautiful. The imagery is intelligently pieced together. Take the futuristic television, for example. The images there could be picture perfect and clean, but instead director Steven Spielberg
makes them blurred and pixelated where they should rightfully be. And take the different machines that exist in this world – some are ingenious; some are terrifying, like the spiders. All are well designed.
Most of the legwork is done by Spielberg. He founds a great story and sets up an excellent thriller. The film is well shot and directed. His type of storytelling works well for such a blockbuster, as do the actors he chose for the parts. Tom Cruise
does great in a role that suits his typical style of acting. In another character and another world his performance would be average; here it works and works well. The same can be said for Colin Farrell
, though he is slightly more slick and straightforward. He does well by his character too.
The story, as aforementioned, is good. It’s founded on strong qualities that help it maintain interest throughout, even when it appears to have ended mid-way through. The film is well over two hours long, but at no point did I find myself summoning the time remaining figure. Minority Report never drags. It’s worth mentioning that the story does have its plot holes, but they’re easy to ignore and they’re hardly consequential.
This is thrilling, entertaining; I appreciate the fact that it can be analyzed on a cursory level or it can be taken deeper. A fine picture.