Tom Cruise stars as a cop in 2054 working in a unit powered by psychic "precognitives," so they can arrest murderers before they commit the crime. When the precogs tag Cruise as a future murderer, the chase begins.
Like Spielberg's A.I., Minority Report is overlong and has some ending problems. Also like A.I., it has visionary production design and a first-rate central performance, buttressed in this case by the exceptionally weird work of Samantha Morton (Sweet And Lowdown) as the psychic who holds the key to the mysteries.
Spielberg remains Hollywood's most kinetically inventive director, the proof, as if one needed it, lying in Minority Report's wittily conceived and executed action sequences -- Cruise leaping across car tops on a vertiginous freeway is both heart-stopping and funny.
Adapted from a story by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall), the film stays true to Dick's vision of a dystopian future until Spielberg flinches at the end.
The film plays better if we take the ending that comes at 130 minutes, but Spielberg is a director who likes to brush up against the darkness without getting any on him. 150 minutes.
MINORITY REPORT (Steven Spielberg) Rating: NNNN