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Minority Report Film Essay

Essay about Minority Report

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Minority Report is a 2002 science fiction film directed by renowned director Steven Spielberg and is set in the year 2054 in Washington, D. C. The film revolves around an elite law enforcing squad; Precrime. The Precrime Division uses three genetically altered humans called Pre-Cogs whom possesses special powers to see into the future and predict crimes beforehand. After each crime is foreseen and analyzed, Precrime police officers are sent to the crime location to apprehend the future murderers and place them under arrest. The future murderers are then put into a sleep state with a device called a "halo". Based on Minority Report, it suggests that humans are free willed beings and have the ability to alter the future that was…show more content…

Before he was haloed, Anderton managed piece back the puzzle and finally knew who set him up and as of why he was targeted. The reason was because he knew about Anne Lively who is Agatha’s mother. Anne Lively, a former drug addict when she had Agatha, came back wanting her child back, and Burgess had to kill her in order to keep Precrime viable since Agatha is the strongest among all three Pre-Cogs. Burgess had then set up Anderton to cover up Anderton's knowledge about Anne Lively’s murder. Lara, Anderton’s wife felt suspicious with Lamar so she visited Anderton and got him out of his sleep. During the celebratory dinner for the Precrime program, Anderton calls Burgess and confronts him while the Pre-Cog’s footage of Lively's death is played for the guests. During the moment when Burgess was searching for Anderton, the Pre-Cogs predetermined that Burgess was going to shoot and kill Anderton. As Burgess finds and draws a gun on Anderton, Anderton notes to Burgess the dilemma that he is in: either he can shoot and kill Anderton, therefore signifying that Precrime is a well established and flawless division however by doing so he will become a murderer himself, on the other hand he can spare Anderton’s life, thus showing that Precrime is nothing but a failure. All the hard work that they had all put in will go down the drain in the matter of seconds. As a result, Burgess decided to commit

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    What is the significance of Agatha being taken from her brothers at PreCrime?

    When John takes Agatha with him he disrupts the visions that the precogs have in order to stop murders from happening. Agatha is the strongest of the three siblings thus, when she is taken all of PreCrime suffers the potential of becoming nothing more than a guessing game. Whereas with Agatha connected to her brothers it is a certainty that they will be able to stop crime before it happens.

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    What is the symbolism in John getting his eyes removed?

    Anderton must have his eyes removed in order to not be identified by the public scanners which would lead PreCrime officers directly to him. The symbolism is that John is given new eyes to see the world from a true perspective instead of from his narrow and skewed one in which PreCrime is perfect and he holds on to his pain so fiercely that he ruins every part of his life that is not work.

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    What gift is Lamar given at the PreCrime event?

    Lamar is given a pistol with bullets at the PreCrime event in Washington D.C. It symbolizes victory as the gun will never have to be used. Ironically, Burgess turns the weapon on himself after it is revealed that he killed Anne Lively in order to keep the PreCrime program going.

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