Minority Report is a film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the story by Philip Dick. The film takes place in the District of Columbia in the year two thousand fifty four. The protagonist, John Anderton who is played by Tom Cruise is the Chief of the Pre-Crime cops, whose job is to prevent murders before they occur. In order to fulfill their duties as Pre-Crime cops, they use the help of three beings known as pre-cogs who are the by-product of a genetic research experiment. These pre-cogs have the ability to telepathically read the thoughts of murderers while they are committing or pre-meditating the crime. Also, these pre-cogs have the unique ability to see into the future. The pre-cogs rest in a bath of liquid, while wired up to a machine which reads their thoughts. It is the job of the pre-crime cops to correctly interpret the data retrieved from the pre-cogs and reconcile the capture of the criminal before he or she commits the crime. The antagonist Danny Witwer, who is played by Colin Farrell, is sent by the Attorney General of the United States to investigate the pre-crime division for flaws. At first this seems queer because there has been a one hundred percent success rate of the division. In the six years that this operation has been active not a single murder has been committed. It soon becomes obvious that uncovering human errors is Witwer's main objective.
The film Minority Report is a very philosophical movie and deals with one of the biggest philosophical disciplines called metaphysics. The director Steven Spielberg has once again made a movie that requires the audience to think outside the plot about the theme and moral of the story. Spielberg made this movie from a philosophical point of view and it deals with a number of metaphysical questions and ideas.
The main idea raised in the film questions our sight and how we perceive things. It deals with the questions: How does one see? What does one see? How do we