The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick3.75 stars for this 1956 SF short story, the inspiration for the 2002 Tom Cruise movie.
Commissioner John Anderton is the creator and head of the Precog unit that is responsible for nearly eradicating serious crime. Hes nearing retirement (think bald and fat and old, not sexy guy) and is showing his new assistant, Ed Witwer, around the office. They visit the area where the three precogs - described as gibbering idiots, deformed and retarded monkeys (yes, you can certainly tell this was written in the 50s) - are kept who visualize every future crime. The dreams are captured by machines and printed on punchcards. :D If your name shows up on a card as a future murderer, youre arrested and held in a detention camp indefinitely.
When Anderson picks up a card and sees his name on it as the future murderer of Leopold Kaplan - a man he doesnt even know - in one week, he suspects his wife and/or Witwer of setting him up. He pockets the card but, knowing that army headquarters receives a duplicate printout, he immediately takes off, determined to prove his innocence. Hes abducted promptly upon leaving his house and taken to the home of a retired Army general: Leonard Kaplan himself, who has some things to discuss with Anderton.
The story and the movie start in very similar places but then turn down different tracks, and by the end theyve veered wildly apart. Its interesting to compare the two and their different takes on the ethics of the Precrime system and whether it should go or stay as part of society. The story is admittedly quite dated but I found the twists and turns, and the key of the minority report, fascinating.
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How do we encourage people not to break the law? Dr Garner Clancey from Sydney Law School joins Open for Discussion to chat crime statistics and the strategies used today to prevent crimes. But what if through certain measures we could stop a crime before it happens? No, it's not a Tom Cruise movie, simply the idea that through certain measures, the opportunity for crime may be removed. In the UK the crime rate began declining around , while in the US it began to fall in , And the falls have been quite dramatic. For example, in the year there was around 82, incidents of burglary per year in NSW, while last year it was only 32,
Minority Report is a American cyberpunk action thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story " The Minority Report " by Philip K. It is set primarily in Washington, D. The film combines elements of tech noir , whodunit , thriller and science fiction genres, as well as a traditional chase film, as the main protagonist is accused of a crime he has not committed and becomes a fugitive. It examines whether free will can exist if the future is set and known in advance. Other themes include the role of preventive government in protecting its citizenry, the role of media in a future state where technological advancements make its presence nearly boundless, the potential legality of an infallible prosecutor, and Spielberg's repeated theme of broken families. Some would consider it a dystopian     film, rather than neo-noir.
We may be a long way off from the film's dystopian setting, but a surprising amount of its technologies already exist today. We may have arrived at the 15th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's game-changing sci-fi Minority Report , but we're still a long way off from the film's dystopian setting. That hasn't, however, stopped the film from becoming an eerie prediction of the state of modern technology; all wrapped in the tale of Washington's DC PreCrime unit, which seeks to prevent murders before they happen through the future visions of three mutated humans, known as PreCogs. An outfit that falls to pieces when its own captain, John Anderton Tom Cruise , is witnessed in one of these predictions killing another man. In his desperate hunt to clear his name, John uncovers that the PreCogs do not always agree. Sometimes an alternate vision of the future is produced, known as a minority report. What's perhaps surprising to anyone re-visiting the film today, however, is how much less futuristic it actually feels in