Minority Report

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Violent sci-fi detective movie isn't for the faint of heart.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 146 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 35 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

These future police use technology to arrest people for crimes before they even commit them. When one of them needs to go rogue, he resorts to some questionable methods to stay free and undetected. Some strong female characters.

Violence

Intense peril and violence, including murder and suicide, and a grisly operation.

Sex

Mild sexual references -- couples kissing and preparing for sex, fantasy vision of ideal woman, other suggestions of sex.

Language

Some strong language, including one use of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "ass," "hell," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character abuses drugs; reference to addicts. Some smoking (fairly background).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has some graphic violence, including sci-fi shooting, fistfights, brutal and graphic murders, and suicides. Anderton abuses illegal drugs. Viewers see a flashback of his son's abduction. The movie also has some gross and grisly visuals, particularly when Anderton has his eyes replaced as a way of avoiding the retinal scans that the police use to track everyone's whereabouts.

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Adult Written byOneVeryLongUsername March 5, 2015

"Minority Report" - Parental and Artistic Review.

Sexual Content:

Opening scenes intertwine snippets of passionate kissing and a brutal stabbing. (It turns out that a man discovers his wife bedding someone els... Continue reading
Parent Written bysallyj1 June 4, 2016

Don't let a child (under 15) watch this!!!

Just watched this with my 11 year old daughter. Really wish I hadn't. For her it was a very disturbing film, even I was a bit freaked out by it although I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMef1216 July 27, 2019

Well Done with Good Messages

I really enjoyed this movie as it’s a great thriller for families with young teens and up. Had infrequent but strong language. I loved the messages about making... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBoto47 November 17, 2018

Great fast pace film!

I really enjoyed this film when I first watched it. It’s about a world where the police can predict murders before they happen and the main character is the chi... Continue reading

What's the story?

50 years from now, in Washington, D.C., detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) heads up an experimental "pre-crime" program that wires the brains of genetically altered "precogs" (short for "precognition") to computers that display their glimpses of the future. Anderton monitors the images to identify and catch murderers before they kill. There's no way to know if everyone who's arrested under this program would have become a killer, but since the program began there hasn't been a single murder in Washington. Anderton only feels alive when he's stopping a crime. At home, he's a lonely soul devastated by the probable murder of his son and a failed marriage, numbing himself with drugs and old home movies. The only thing he's able to feel is the satisfaction of sparing others from the agonizing pain that he's suffered. And then the precogs' identify Anderton himself as the next killer. He has to run -- and as he's running, he has to figure out how you prove that you're not going to commit murder.

Is it any good?

The movie is visually stunning, with brilliantly staged action sequences and vividly realized characters. As with Blade Runner, also based on a story by Philip K. Dick, this is a very traditional noir-ish detective plot set in an ominous future where the apparent ease created by technology has overtaken human individuality. How much privacy and justice would you be willing to give up to bring the murder rate down to zero? Anderton finds that it's less than he thought.

The most striking scene in the movie is Alderton's meeting with the scientist who created the precogs (a brilliant performance by Lois Smith), who never anticipated the direction her experiment would take. Like Norse god Odin, Anderton must give up his eyes to find wisdom; it's only when he literally looks through someone else's eyes that he can understand what he's seeing. Colin Farrell is mesmerizing as Anderton's rival, and Max von Sydow brings great depth to his role as Anderton's boss.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about private vs. public good. Is it worth violating the rights of some innocent people in order to prevent violent attacks? How would Anderton answer that question at the beginning of the movie, and how would he answer it at the end? What about the rights of the precogs? Is it fair to ask them to give up any kind of normal life if it will prevent people from being killed? Families can also discuss Anderton's inability to come to terms with the loss of his son. How do people go on after devastating losses? Also, what do you think daily life will be like half a century from now.

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