Minority Report

Corrected entry: The precop explains that because each ball's grain is unique, they are "impossible to forge." If all they do is verify that the grain is unique, then all it takes for someone to forge their own ball is to make sure that it has a "unique" grain, i.e., different from the others. What kind of a security measure is that?

Matty Blast

Correction: For one thing, they would have pictures of the balls that are not fake, so your "unique" ball would be worthless. So the first point of the security is that you would have to somehow create a duplicate of one of the unique balls that was already loaded into the machine. The real point, however, is that once the ball was engraved (and again recorded), you can't substitute an identical ball with a different name as the name was recorded into a random place in the grain.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the Precrime officers first try to capture John in the alley way, as they are fighting on the jet pack they go through a window into the apartment where they burn the burgers and the women is yelling. Then they go through the ceiling of the apartment to the one upstairs, where the people are eating their dinner. In the next scene you see them enter an apartment through a window again. However they were already inside the building.

Correction: After they go through the ceiling and destroy the family's dinner, there is a quick shot of them going out of a window before they crash back into the building.

Corrected entry: During the whole film, the characters are using a newer version of a Nokia Communicator as their cell phone. Well, when you talk with such a Communicator, the display IS NOT touching your ear, the back of the phone is - the speaker is there. If you talk how they talk with a Communicator, you don't hear a thing.

Correction: Is it not possible that 50 years from now Nokia change the design of their Communicator?

Corrected entry: When they get on the subway train and are retina-scanned, one of the passengers is seemingly scanned through her eyelids, or at least the flash of light appears only on her lids. This should not be possible with how retina scans identify very fine details. (00:45:05)


Correction: This is taking place 50 years from now, it is not inconceivable that scientists would have figured out such a new technology. While some scanners in the movie seem to need full access to the eye, there's nothing to say that the larger static scanners in public places can't work more efficiently.


Corrected entry: Lamar Burgess could perfectly kill Anne Lively with impunity simply by committing the murder far away of Washington Area and the Precrime cops. As director of Precrime he had to know about the reach of the precogs precognition powers and how avoid them. It is a much more simple plan than the creation of a complicated alibi with John Doe killers, incompleted pre-visions, fake kidnappers,etc.

Correction: The fact of her going missing would be enough to start an investigation, which would be a risk (alebit small) that he would be caught. Given the sort of technology available and the seemingly comprehensive database of retina scans it is safe to assume that the slightest bit of DNA evidence would be enough to convict with. The best way to avoid this risk is to give them an open-and-shut case so they stop looking.


Corrected entry: The movie makes a big deal about "pre-crime" going national. Are we to believe that the same three pre-cogs are now going to cover the entire nation?

Correction: Although there isn't much said about it, they do know how the precogs were "made" so to speak. There's a good chance that they intend to make more of them discreetly somehow or that some with the potential still exist and they will find them.

Corrected entry: Precrime couldn't figure out Howard Marks' new address. But the Post Office (also a federal organization) must have known it; otherwise how would the Markses get their mail? Recall that a magazine or newspaper was shown in the previsions, and Anderton unsuccessfully tried to zoom in on the address label, proving it was delivered. The United States Postal Service knew their new address, yet Precrime didn't?

Matty Blast

Correction: Magazines, letters and so forth are delivered to whatever's on the address label - it doesn't automatically follow that this information is in a Post Office database somewhere. Besides, we never see how the magazine gets to the house - it could have been forwarded on from their old address by the new occupants, or Marks could have gone back and collected it.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Wouldn't they cancel Anderton's access rights the moment he became wanted for murder? He gets into the Precrime building and the Temple - where the security is expected to be extremely high - without any problem at all.

Correction: Burgess needs Anderton to get to the right place to kill Crow - he may well have anticipated that, in order to get the necessary information to find Crow, Anderton might have to get back into the PreCrime building at some point. As such, he might have used his authority as Director of PreCrime to delay the cancellation of Anderton's access rights.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: John would not be in the situation where he could have killed Crowe if the premonition was never made because he only went there to see why he would have killed him.

Correction: This paradox has been discussed at length. My theory is that the setup was arranged in such a way that if John *didn't* see the previsions, he would have received an anonymous phone call or some kind of tip leading him to Leo Crow's room and saying that that's where Anderton will find his son. That way, whether John sees the previsions of his own act of "murder" or not, the previsions nonetheless would be the same (images of the building, the numbers 9 and 6, the confrontation, etc.).

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: It was a real nail biter when Anderton and the pre-crime squad was pressed for time to figure out where Howard Marks was going to murder is wife and his wife's lover, but wouldn't it be a simple task to look up Howard Marks' address in a world where computers can convert brain waves into images?

Correction: They look up all the men named Howard Marks in the area, only to find that the right one has moved house in the last week and his address hasn't been updated in the databases yet - hence having to use the images to locate the right house. All this is stated quite specifically.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When John and Agatha are at the front desk of the hotel where Leo Crow is staying, Agatha says Anderson instead of Anderton.

Correction: I've listened to this numerous times, and it sounds like "Anderton" to me.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: When the young kids are on the field trip the guide is saying that the pre-crime department has been around for 9 years, but on the back of the box and throughout the whole movie the pre-crime deparment has only been around for 6 years.

Correction: Pre-crime has existed for 9 years, it's only been in full operation for 6.

Corrected entry: If you watch the movie with English subtitles, it says that the eye-doctor and nurse are speaking Russian. This is not true, they are speaking Swedish.

Correction: Either this mistake is wrong, or it has been corrected in a later release, because the subtitles on my DVD say they are speaking Swedish.


Corrected entry: When Anderton is walking with Agatha through the shopping mall, there's bright sunlight coming through the windows. It's there right up until the minute they leave, but when they're outside, it's suddenly dark and cloudy. A short time later we see the rain stop, and people putting their umbrellas down, but it's still cloudy. Just because the rain stops, that does not mean the sun is out. However, as soon as they step inside, there's that bright light coming through the windows again.


Correction: The only time we see windows insode the mall is at the entrance, the bright lights are interior lights. As for the rain stopping we don't see windows with a clear sky until he gets into the room on the 10th floor and we see in the lobby that he took the stairs not the elevator, possibly to prevent a lock down since the precrime dectives were after him.

Corrected entry: The movie takes place in 2054, a mere fifty-two years from now. Yet, the entire infrastructure of D.C. has changed in that time. ALL of the buildings are different, as are ALL of the roads, and ALL of the cars. This seems unlikely in that we can walk around in any US city today and see vestiges of 52 years ago.

Correction: Not all of DC changed, they show the view of the famous part of DC, with all the monuments, and it is unchanged. Also the city part is not completely the technology of 52 years from now. But there were new highways that only the new cars could drive on, but still traditional roads that supported both new and old cars.

Corrected entry: After the first attempted murder of Anne Lively the police would surely have taken her away to make a statement. Not only do they not do this, but she is immediately left alone to be murdered, and somehow the police see nothing odd in her instant vanishing, and they treat it as just another disappearance.

Correction: The Precrime police do not take statements and they do not hold trials. They left her alone with Burgess nearby so they would have assumed no threat, in the vision you see an officer ask if she's alright before leaving. And a druggie disappearing doesn't bring up a red flag to police officers, they probably didn't even track her.

Corrected entry: After Anderton arrests the jealous husband, there's a newsflash. In this newsflash, people are telling about what would have happened to them if Pre-Crime wasn't there. In this scene there is a girl with blond hair that says "He was gonna rape me". But a little further in the movie, Witwer is asking questions to Anderton at the police office. Witwer asks Anderton why the Pre-Cogs can't see rapes. Then how did the girl know she was going to be raped? Pre-Cogs can't see rapes, but the girl knew she was going to be raped. How is that possible? (00:22:05)

Correction: The vision could have shown her getting raped, then killed.


Corrected entry: 1) The futures that are projected ONLY come from timelines where the visions have not had an effect (because you don't see police in the murder visions crashing through windows). 2) John and Agatha (the Precog girl) appear in the vision together. 3) If John and Agatha appear in the vision, then the future that was projected comes from a timeline affected by the visions. 4) The future that was projected CANNOT come from a timeline affected by the visions. 5) Therefore, John and Agatha appearing in the vision is incorrect.

Correction: The precogs do not see an unaffected version, they only see the timeline in which the murder occurs. It was impossible for John to arrive at the scene of the murder without Agatha so she must be in the vision.

Corrected entry: When Anderton jumps from one car to another in the maglev scene, the car where he jumps to is first moving up, then you see a shot from inside the car and it can be seen that the car is now moving down. (00:42:55)

Correction: It is moving down. All the cars we see on the side of the building are moving down. It is moving down more slowly than any of the others including the one he jumps off, this makes sense because he wants to jump into the building without breaking his neck (so picks the slowest car around).

Corrected entry: John Anderton is sitting with his wife at her house, and suddenly it hits him that he is being set up because he found out about Ann Lively. However, he only found out about Lively within the time frame of the movie (looking through the records in the jail), which was after his son was abducted/murdered. How does his reasoning make any sense? Could Lamar Burgess see into the future?

Correction: Lamar wasn't the one who adducted/murdered Anderton's son. He just used memories of that event as a way to send Anderton over the edge. The only thing Lamar is responsible for is setting up Anderton's "murder", which he didn't start doing until Anderton found out about Ann Lively, so there is no plot hole here.

Plot hole: Anderton's wife gains entry into the jailhouse using her husband's eyeball - but he's already locked up inside, so his eye would not still have access to enter as it pleased. Any place anywhere that would have any sort of security system requiring anything from a simple passcode to a card key to a retinal scan, would immediately delete the user in such instances from all rights. And would also certainly report on any attempted use of such (retinal scan, pass code, whatever). (02:00:45)

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Suggested correction: I thought that this was a mistake as soon as I saw it on screen, but reconsidered. It's perfectly possible that there was some, probably human caused, delay in updating the security system. After all, there wasn't a rush to do it since they already had the chief on ice. Maybe the sleep jail was still on a legacy system without automatic updating. Just assuming that in the near future that all systems are all perfectly integrated and instantaneous does not validate this as a mistake.

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Question: Why all the build up of John having sent the Russian eye-surgeon guy to jail, suggesting that he will hurt John; only to have him successfully complete the operation, and take care of John afterwards?

Nick N.

Chosen answer: It's what's known as a McGuffin; a plot element that seems to be important when introduced, but serves no purpose other than to intrigue/distract the audience. The term was popularised by Alfred Hitchcock.

J I Cohen

That's not *quite* what a MacGuffin is. A MacGuffin not only seems important, it *is* important; in fact, one of its two diagnostic characteristics is that a MacGuffin is something around which the entire plot revolves. The other property fundamental to what makes something a MacGuffin is the fact that the origin, purpose, function, and, in some cases, even identity of the object is left either vague or completely undefined. The briefcase in Pulp Fiction is a classic example (although there *is* a compelling argument that the object in the briefcase is in fact a specific artifact).

Well, according to the doctor when the operation is beginning, the doctor reveals that in prison, he spent all of his time in the library, including books on medicine and technology. As a result, he found his "true calling", and is thankful to John for helping him see that.

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