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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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I have seen the future, and it is sci-fi

Jet pack escape in Minority Report
[Twentieth Century Fox]
With the help of a precrime cop’s jetpack, Tom Cruise doesn’t just run, but flies, in Minority Report.

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By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times
published July 1, 2002


Movie: Minority Report

  • Rating: PG-13

Summary: Detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) heads the Department of Pre-Crime in Washington, D.C., 50 years into the future. This agency uses mental images produced by a trio of "pre-cogs," or pre-cognizant beings, to stop murders before they happen. But when this seemingly foolproof system points out John as a murderer, his only choice is to run.

My View: Wow! This is the movie I've been waiting for! Steven Spielberg is at it once again, and it seems as though he has another big winner. The plot was highly elaborate and almost too complicated, but when the pieces of this puzzle were finally all in place, I was awed. This is a science fiction masterpiece. This film and Star Wars: Episode 2, are changing my attitude about sci-fi. In my opinion, science fiction on the big screen is taking a turn for the better.

Favorite Part: I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this film.

Recommendations: A few scenes made everyone in the audience wince, me included. There also are a few segments that are flat-out creepy. I recommend you heed the PG-13 rating.

Grade: A+

- Billy Norris, 14, will be in the ninth grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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