We can only imagine what the future will bring when it comes to advanced technology. Let’s take “Minority Report” for example. Eye scanning serves as a main method of identification in what is now the year 2054. Centered on the exploits of Chief John Anderton in Washington DC, you will learn that some technological advancements produce glitches that creates a living hell for some.
The movie focuses on a time where technology rules and order is established through the nooks and crannies of science. Computers have the power to recreate dreams. Various displays and computer screen can produce lifelike holograms. Meet John Anderton, who has lost his son and devotes his time and energy to avoiding future occurrences like this from taking place again. He decides to become a part of a unit called “Pre-Crime,” where murderers are arrested before they can even take the life of another.
Pre-Crime is run by three individuals known as “precogs,” which use psychic powers to peer into the future. This ability allows them to pinpoint when and where the events of a murder will unfold. With the help of advanced technology, officers assigned to the Pre-Crime unit can see what the precogs see. They are able to analyze the data they are given and located both the victim and the assailant. Then, it is the duty of the officers to stop the murder from ever taking place. Perpetrators are put into a deep sleep using a device called a “halo.”
However, in the movie, Anderton becomes one of the perpetrators , accused of murdering a man that he has never met before. This sends him off on a race to save his life and clear his name, all while ducking and dodging Pre-Crime officers. Notable actors that appear in the film include Tom Cruise as the main character Chief John Anderton and Max von Sydow as Director Lamar Burgess.
Awards and Recognition
“Minority Report” captured the attention of award committees spanning the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and the Academy Awards. Below you will encounter just some of the head nods and honors that this science fiction film took home:
Ã‚Â· San Diego Film Critics Society Awards , Won a SDFCS Award for Best Production Design
Ã‚Â· Satellite Awards , Won a Golden Satellite Award for Best DVD Extra, which included a documentary. Janusz Kaminski was also nominated for an award in the category of Best Cinematography. Other nominations included Best Overall DVD; Best Sound; and Best Visual Effects.
Ã‚Â· Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films , Won a Saturn Award for Best Director (Steven Spielberg), as well as awards in the categories of Best Science Fiction Film; Best Supporting Actress (Samantha Morton); and Best Writing (Scott Frank and Jon Cohen). Tom Cruise was nominated for a Saturn Award in the Best Actor category, alongside John Williams for Best Music; Max von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor; Deborah Lynn Scott for Best Costumes; Best DVD Special Edition Release; Best Make-Up; and Best Special Effects.