Minority Report

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An Analytical Exposition Essay based on the Film "Minority Report"Imagine a place where everyone knows your name, the streets are filled with smiling faces, and murder has all but been obliterated. Minority Report, one of Steven Spielberg's latest films set in 2054 Washington DC, encapsulates the very real struggle between law enforcement and civil liberties in an accessible yet thought-provoking way. It is a story that dramatises issues of privacy, individual liberty, and determinism. The films futuristic vision is dazzling yet remains unnervingly dark, wowing the eyes whilst challenging the minds of the viewers. This quiet cohesive and well-constructed film offers the viewer a futuristic reflection of our society and our present-day concerns, and in so doing, a prediction of the future societal trends. Clever use of film techniques and cinematography also help to position the viewer to accept the film's dominant discourse that the future is a cold, isolated and an unwelcoming place. Within this film, there are some seriously provocative and menacing themes afoot in the future-world of Minority Report, giving it a unique and deep character all on its own.Minority Report is a story which revolves around Chief John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise), a detective who works for the newly formed justice police department called Pre-Crime. Aided by three perceptive individuals with psychic powers - Agatha (played by Samantha Morton), Dashiell (Matthew Dickman), and Arthur (Michael Dickman); the 'Pre-Cogs' are able to envisage future murders in advance. Having deciphered the exact time and location of the murder from clues within the "dreams" of the three pre-cogs, the detectives rush to the scene and quickly arrest the perpetrator in the act of thinking about the deed. John was convinced that the system was flawless and prefect. However, while the department was under scrutiny before being implemented nationwide, the pre-cogs foresee a murder where John is the killer of a man he's never met before - Leo Crow (played by Mike Binder). Sending Anderton on the run and throwing his belief in both the Pre-Crime and himself into turmoil.Spielberg's use of a variety of different film techniques was also effective in grasping the audiences' attention. The special effects are quite incredible and seamlessly integrated into a future worldview that is supposedly bleak and disturbing. In addition, the film offers the viewer a strong blue and white style washed out look that permeates throughout the whole movie creating a rather 'soulless' endeavour feel colder than it already is. It also illustrates how sterile the environment of the future world in Minority Report has become. One particular scene which stood out in the film was when Anderton hides in a shabby, worn-out hotel to recover from an eye operation. The police send in 'spiders', small robots that scuttle into every room and take retina scans of people's eyes. In a sublime series of shots that track over the...

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