Minority Report

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Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller / Mystery
USA, 2002, 145 min (Alternativ 140 min)


Philip K. Dick (Kurzgeschichte)


Scott Frank, Jon Cohen


Janusz Kaminski


John Williams


Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Patrick Kilpatrick, Kathryn Morris, Lois Smith, Peter Stormare, Jessica Capshaw (mehr)
(weitere Professionen)


Washington D.C., 2054. John Anderton leitet Pre-Crime, eine Spezialabteilung für Verhinderung noch nicht begangener Delikte. Mit Hilfe hellseherischer Fähigkeiten dreier Pre-Cogs spürt er zukünftigen Verbrechern nach. Obwohl die Kriminalitätsrate drastisch sinkt, steht das erfolgreiche Programm unter heftiger Kritik des Justizbeamten Danny Witwer. Plötzlich wird Anderton selbst als potenzieller Mörder identifiziert. Von seinem eigenen System gejagt, tritt er eine schier aussichtslose Flucht an. (ORF)


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Deutsch Minority Report ist ein intelligenter, reichhaltiger und visuell beeindruckender Hit. Das Schema der Handlungszusammenhänge verliert aber leider im letzten Drittel, in dem Schlüsselteil, die nötige Harmonie. Und auch ein rein kommerzielles Spiel, das einerseits aus einer gewöhnlichen Unterhaltung etwas mehr macht, aber andererseits das ausgezeichnete Thema und das Talent von zwei genialen Filmemachern (Steven Spielberg und Janusz Kaminski) 'vergeudet'. Es hätte ein Genre-Juwel sein können, der einmal in zehn Jahren entsteht. ()


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Deutsch Ja! Vergisst man Dicks Ausgangsmaterial, das eine Welt entfernt ist, hat Spielberg einen absolut fesselnden Science-Fiction-Film mit einer möglicherweise visionären Sicht auf eine Zukunft geschaffen, in der unsere Gedanken kontrolliert und wir für die Verbrechen bestraft werden, die wir nicht begangen haben. Die Geschichte lebt nicht von Actionszenen (aber die wenigen Sequenzen sind es wert, besonders der Blitzkrieg :o)), sondern von einer gut aufgebauten Geschichte mit einer überraschenden Pointe. Leider wird die Pointe in Spielberg'scher Manier wieder einige Minuten hinausgezögert, und der Film verliert am Ende den Atem und in gewisser Weise auch den Kopf. Zumindest wird er die Ferse behalten. Also am Ende - der Film und Cruise (fast) ausgezeichnet! ()



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Englisch An excellent sci-fi crime movie that shows that Steven Spielberg is in better form than ever and Tom Cruise likewise. Breathtaking action scenes wrapped up in a story that makes you think about and follow the unraveling story with bated breath. The action scenes are absolutely top-notch. The part where John Anderton is being followed in the car factory is one of the best scenes ever to emerge in this genre. And of course Spielberg’s typical detachedness and gentle irony in places bordering on black humor. The vision of the year 2054 on one hand is captivating and on the other both desolate and terrifying. The gradual loss of freedom, commercials that address passers-by using their names, eye scanners at every step. Minority Report is a masterpiece with an amazing visual side (Kaminski is a genius), great music (Williams), brilliant directing (Spielberg) and excellent acting performances (Cruise, Sydow, Farrell). The only thing that I might fault Minority Report for is the last five minutes when the story fizzles out and slowly crawls toward the credits. 9/10 ()


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Englisch [SPOILER, or possibly only an erroneous minority report] ____ The paradox of “Minority Report” consists in the fact that we are so accustomed to kitschy Hollywood endings that they merely amuse or annoy us rather than leading us to question them because of their formulaic and clichéd nature. As the reviews and responses to this film suggest, most people just throw their hands up at the end of Spielberg’s film, expressing that it is simply a typical mainstream flick with the edges smoothed out into total conformist insipidness supported by screenwriting crutches. But what if the smooth denouement and sugar-coated ending is instead meant to offend and provoke us? Perhaps we will start to question the final shot of the idyll with the cottage and the tractor as being blatantly illusory. We might realise that the final twenty minutes of the film have a different colour palette and lighting than the preceding two hours. Particularly obsessive viewers may then look for ten differences in the production design and costumes used in those concluding passages and the depictions of them earlier in the film. Did we seriously think that Spielberg would bring shame onto himself by being the absolute only one to adapt a book by the master of paranoid sci-fi into a form of a dull sop for the supposed majority audience? Unlike with Total Recall, this time we don’t get a literal statement that maybe something is out of place. Here the uncertainty is many times more subtle, because the vehicle for the Dickian twist is the intentionally applied Hollywood tameness, naïveté and formulaicness. After all, we should also be struck by the fact that the naïve ending isn’t conspicuously inconsistent with the bizarreness of many of the preceding passages. But perhaps the presence of these eccentricities alongside the exceptionally smooth genre passages steer us toward further uncertainty. What if the protagonist, and with him the film itself, had not let himself be merely lulled into a dream fulfilled, but had untethered himself from “reality” much earlier and had given preference to the improved comfort of the drugs? In any case, Spielberg made a fantastic and fascinating movie that, perhaps even more than other sci-fi narratives, remains reliant on viewers’ willingness to accept its rules and stop doubting, instead allowing themselves to be carried away by the motifs and ideas that it presents. ()


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Englisch It's a very good film, but it won't become a cult classic like Blade Runner. I don't know what Philip K. Dick would say about the sweet happy ending, but you have to expect something like that from the eternal child of Spielberg. Ideal popcorn entertainment to fight off boredom, nothing more than that. ()

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