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Feature: Minority Report
Justice must be seen to be done
A Science Fiction adventure? A futuristic film noir? A murder mystery thriller? A meditation on crime and punishment? Starburst asks Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg to explain Minority Report…
Minority Report is, on screen, the story of detective John Anderton's struggle to clear his name. Off screen, it's the tale of when Hollywood's two top players got together
It was just a great idea that I felt was very relevant: being able to stop murders before they happened, and the whole story about the power of precognition. It made me sit back and think What would I do in that situation? Would I want to live in that society? The moral questions really tug at you, because you think about the increasing crime rate and what the world is like today. At first, having this power to predict future events seems very seductive. But then you see the argument's other side, which is: what would happen if the people who had that kind of responsibility couldn't handle it? If they were inside the system, would they be able to see the flaws in it?
So that basic storyline showed great potential for a movie. When Steven came onboard I got very excited, thinking, What is Steven Spielberg going to do with the future? Our setting is 2054, which is not so very far in the future, but Steven sat down and really looked at where we are headed as a society. That focused all our minds...
How did you find working with Tom Cruise?
by Dave Roberts
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