Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Minority Report


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 05/20/2015


FORMAT: DVD

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 25 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 29 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1763.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: A future police officer discovers a flaw in the new system of policing that can predict murders before they occur.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Big Brother with a human face.  The future is super cool and also super scary.  Probably the best written science fiction story since Artificial Intelligence.

PROS AND CONS: I have seen this, but the second viewing was well worth the long length of the film.  

This is one of the more inventive screen plays to come along in the science fiction genre in a long time.  While the initial plot concept is a bit far fetched (predicting crime before it happens through ESP), once established it opens up a whole world of concepts that the film runs with.

The visualization of the future in this film is chilling.  Anonymity is non-existent, the government is all seeing and everyone is just hunky-dory with it because they are all marketed to love it and the benefits that it offers.  

Example:  We will all have self driving cars someday, so you can read or doze while commuting somewhere.  But what happens with the NSA knows where you are because of your cell phone, and overrides your car's navigation to lock the doors and transport you to the nearest police station?  You enter the car thinking that you have self determination, but in fact you don’t.  Your life is controlled for you.

This is the film where Steven Spielberg starts to approach the artistic level of Stanley Kubrick in his storytelling ability.


To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.