The Minority Report
Big brother is watching phenomenal has many people in the world feeling that
their lives have be intruded upon and their privacy invaded. Imaging living in a world where
everything you do is being recorded and watched by others including you most intimate private
thoughts. The Short story “The Minority Report written by Phillip K. Dick in 1956 and later
made into a movie directed by well know movie director Steven Spielberg in 2002. The Minority
Report is based on that very concept of precognition. Precognition is the ability to see into the
future to be able to predict something before it happens.
In both the short story and the movie it takes place in the very distant future. ...view middle of the document...
In the short story Precrime is located in New York City, but in the movie it
is located in Washington DC. Both the story and the movie had many similarities and only a few
The main character in both short story and movie is John Anderton who is the head
of Precrime. Anderton is described as a bald, fat older man man while in the movie John
Anderton is played by a young Tom Cruise. In both Anderton is being framed by a high ranking
General who wants Anderton out of the way the reason was different in each, but the ending
outcome would have the same result. Anderton is being framed for a future murder of someone
he doesn’t know. The precogs have been manipulated by this person to make it seem as if
Anderton will commit murder. Anderton gets the printout of his name as a potential murder from
the Precogs which turns into a cat and mouse game in a race against time to prove his innocence
and to prove he’s being framed. In the end he does end up killing this person in the story, but in
the movie he doesn’t the person commits suicide.
In both the story and movie it had a futuristic concept there were flying
aircrafts used for transportation and lots of advanced technology. There were some things that
were unrealistic and far off. For example in the short story Anderton was forced to leave and live
on another planet. For the most much of the story is not that far off. Some people believe in
fortune tellers, mediums and believe some people to be clairvoyant. Law enforcement have
sought out these people to help solve murders. So who knows maybe this will be the way that
murders will be prevented in the future.