Minority Report (Film)

Minority Report (Film) Study Guide

Minority Report is a science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called "The Minority Report." The screenplay was written by Scott Frank and Jon Cohen and the score was composed by frequent Spielberg collaborator, John Williams. It combines the genres of Sci-Fi and neo noir, mixing elements of traditional film noir and mystery/suspense with high tech imaginings of a future where policemen can predict murders. It is a traditional Spielberg film in many respects, because it blends a character-driven suspenseful adventure with deeper questions about philosophy and humanity. In imagining a world where violence is predictable, the film asks us to ponder the distinction between predetermination and free will, and a human's ability to choose his destiny.

Originally, Minority Report was imagined as a loose sequel to Total Recall, another Philip K. Dick film adaptation which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. During early development, it quickly grew into its own story, with Spielberg taking greater liberties with the story on which it is loosely based. Filming was delayed because both Spielberg and Tom Cruise's previous films took longer than expected.

Upon its release, the film was well received by audiences, netting $256 million at the box office and winning Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actress. It was also beloved by critics, who praised the acting, design, concept, and execution. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.