|Source of story
||Loosely based on a 1956 Phillip K. Dick short story.
||Scott Frank, Jon Cohen
||The story had been optioned in about 1992 and had been through “Development Hell” before Spielberg and Cruise got together to make it happen.
||Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow, Steve Harris, Neal McDonough, Frank Grillo, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Kathryn Morris, Peter Stormare, Cameron Diaz
||In 2054, murders are predicted and prevented using three “precogs” and advanced technology, which result in a team of armed agents arresting the potential murderers who are placed in stasis. But when the system predicts that the senior agent will commit a murder he must go on the run to avoid arrest by his own team and take action to prove his innocence.
||Numerous set pieces in the headquarters of the precog system. A lot of futuristic chasing about, involving a slightly distressing eye operation and some extremely inventive spider-like machines. Some fights with the precog agents who have jet packs, and at one time an escape in a newly constructed car. One distantly seen and non-revelatory sex act, some drug taking, no drinking.
||I have seen this a few times, and at the latest viewing the technology just seemed to creak a bit. We’ve probably become used to neater stuff. There is one extremely clever scene when the agent is escaping with the precog, watch for it. Otherwise the plot is a bit contrived and the ending unexpected ( and much discussed). Having said that, it made money and even today is not a waste of time. And if you are a bit bored you could count the number of product placements.