Minority Report, directed by Steven Spielberg, 2002

I think Minority Report may just be the most interesting science fiction film Steven Spielberg has ever made. I know that's a bold statement to make about someone whose career includes Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, but there's one thing I think Minority Report has going for it that the other three lack: futurism. That trio may be better films as a whole, but as science fiction, MR goes beyond the call of duty to create a pervasive and plausible future world to counteract its incredible premise of psychics who predict when murders are going to happen.

The tech Spielberg and his team of futurists came up with back in 2002 is, for the most part, all on the horizon. E-ink displays, retinal scans, targeted ads, and interactive, gesture-based displays are all brilliantly integrated into the world of 2054. The jetpacks and fully-automated, vertical highways may be a little far fetched at this point, but they're certainly concepts that corporations and R&D think tanks are currently trying to crack. As for the movie beyond the futurism...I'm still a big fan. I think it's got a great premise and it's one of Tom Cruise's more interesting roles from that stage in his career. The narrative is a little slow in some spots, but at least there's always something to look at.
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