Minority Report is a 2002 science fiction neo-noir directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where "Precrime", a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called "precogs". The cast includes Tom Cruise as Precrime officer John Anderton, Colin Farrell as Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer, Samantha Morton as the senior precog Agatha, and Max von Sydow as Anderton's superior Lamar Burgess. The film has a distinctive look, featuring high contrast for dark colors and shadows, resembling film noir.
Minority Report was one of the best reviewed films of 2002, and was nominated for and won several awards. These included an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing, and four Saturn Award, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. Produced on an overall budget of $142 million (including $40m for marketing and distribution), the film was also a commercial success, earning over $358 million in worldwide box office returns and selling four million DVDs in its first few months of release.
In April 2054, an experimental Washington, D.C. police force called Precrime has completely neutralized murder in the city. Precrime employs three "precogs", mutated humans with precognition to view murders that occur in the future; the officers of Precrime then analyze and interpret their visions to track down and stop the murder before it happens. John Anderton is chief of the force, working under its director Lamar Burgess, however, he hides the fact that he is addicted to an illegal psychoactive drug called neuroin since the disappearance of his son Sean, which also caused his wife Lara to leave him.
On the eve of the Precrime program being taken to a national level, a Department of Justice representative, Danny Witwer, arrives to investigate the program. The Precrime officers are wary of Witwer, who they believe is trying to turn control of Precrime over to the Department of Justice. During Witwer's visit, Agatha, one of the precogs, attempts to show Anderton a vision of an old murder; Anderton learns that the vision shows the drowning of a woman named Anne Lively, who subsequently vanished after the crime was averted, also learning that Agatha's vision of the crime- along with around a dozen others- is missing from the records. Anderton shares this information with Burgess, but before he can go further in his investigations, the precogs foresee Anderton killing a man named Leo Crow in a few days, despite the fact that Anderton has never even heard of the man; Anderton escapes the facility and a subsequent manhunt once the precrime is discovered. Believing himself to be set up by Witwer, who has discovered his addiction, Anderton tracks down Dr. Iris Hineman, the lead researcher for Precrime. She reveals that the precogs- created when early users of neuroin became pregnant- do not always agree about the future, and that the differing vision, a "minority report," could show Anderton not committing the murder and thus prove his innocence. Anderton undergoes eye replacement surgery to avoid the iris identification systems throughout the city. He then uses his old eyes to enter Precrime headquarters and abduct Agatha, the precog that Hineman noted always had the minority report.
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