Minority Report

Corrected entry: In the movie the Tom Cruise character loses one of his eyeballs down a grate. Later when his wife shows she entered the prison using his eye for the retina scan she throws down the baggie and BOTH eyeballs are in the bag!

Correction: There's only one in the bag

Corrected entry: The movie never explained what happened to Anderton's child. For all Anderton knows, the boy could be still alive. The boy's disappearance was the cause of the divorce, and the ending implies that they were reconciled as a result of resolving the kidnapping, but it was never resolved.

Correction: The childs fate was implied by Agatha when talking to Anderton and his wife in her house.

Corrected entry: Precrime is only an active force in Washington DC, and the Precogs therefore only dream up murders which will occur in the district. Why didn't Burgess just lure Anne Lively out of the district to kill her rather than constructing the elaborate plot which eventually led to his downfall?

Correction: He still would have thought of the murder within city limits, and would have been detected.

Corrected entry: When the first murder in the film takes place, we see Tom Cruise wondering which one is the house of the man who is about to kill his wife. Since they found the murderer's id in the police station before, shouldn't they know his exact address?

Correction: When John Anderton first begins to leave his assistant comes out stopping him saying 'There is a problem with the address, it is no longer there.' The family had moved within the last week and the system hadn't been updated yet.

Corrected entry: When the pre-cogs see a murder the name of the victim and perpetrator are written on either a red ball, for crime of passion, or on a brown ball, which means the murder was planned. John's name is written on a brown ball, but how could he have planned to kill this man if he never knew him?

Correction: John says that he has thought of only 2 things since his son disappeared....what his son would look like now and what he would do to the man who took him. Presumably, he means that he has been thinking about how he would kill his son's kidnapper for the past 6 years, which means the murder was premeditated.

Correction: John Anderton never premeditated the murder of Leo Crowe, because Leo Crowe isn't the real abductor of Anderton's son to begin with. Moreover, from the actual event (but not from the pre-vision), it's clear that a very emotionally-driven Anderton was going to kill Crowe in a crime of passion, and not just in cold blood. So if we are to categorize Crowe's death as premeditated, the premeditation aspect doesn't come from Anderton, but from someone else. The most viable explanation is that the premeditation comes from Leo Crowe, the victim himself. Leo Crowe's death is a murder with premeditation because Leo Crowe premeditated on getting killed by John Anderton.

Corrected entry: I've been thinking about this alot, and I've realized that the whole idea of comitting a murder to look like an "echo" after another one wouldn't work. If you think about it, that system would work to cover up the visual part of the premonition, but how would it stop a ball from being created? Burgess definitely planned to kill Anne Lively, so it should have been a brown ball. If you compare his plan to kill Lively to any other murder, than there's really no difference except that he hired someone else to murder her too. Early on in the film, after Anderton throws the ball across the table and Witwer catches it, he mentions that the precogs don't see what you intend to do, only what you do. So if the guys was hired to pretend to kill Lively, the brown ball would have still said Lamar Burgess, the real killer. If the fall guy thought that he was going to kill her, then there would have been two brown balls, one for Lamar and one for him, or one brown ball for the both of them. No matter how you slice it, there should have been a ball. Some people think that the techs would have dismissed it as an echo before it ever got to the ball stage, but there must be a system to identify echoes beyond a tech saying "yeah, that looks the same". The names are clearly innate to the vision, so both visions, however similar they looked would have different murderers attached to them.

Correction: That's a good analyzation, except it's not entirely true. If you think there should be a system to identify whether or not a vision is an echo, well, there isn't. That's the whole reason Lamar Burgess got away with it; he designed the system, and he knew how to manipulate it. And as far as the ball goes, a ball isn't created until a face is clearly seen. (For example, John Anderton's ball isn't created until his face comes into focus.) Burgess wears a mask during the murder, so it's completely plausible that the vison would be dismissed as an echo before a ball is created. If you still don't believe me, notice there was no ball created for the echo of Sarah Marks's murder.

Corrected entry: In the film a woman says that she was about to be raped, but was saved, thanks to pre-crime. But later they say that pre-crime can't detect rapes.

Correction: Not by themselves, but if someone was planning on raping and murdering her, then the murder would be detected and stopped, and hence the rape as well. Could well be creative marketing by the people promoting the nationalisation vote.

Corrected entry: The pre-cogs can only see murders because they are the most disruptive events, we are told. However, when Anderton and the pre-cog are walking through the mall, she sees trivial things well enough to tell him to take an umbrella, when a guy walking by will drop a briefcase, etc. How do these rate as disruptive enough to be seen?

Correction: The precogs DREAM the murders. They never say that the precogs can't predict anything else. They are kept in a restricted chamber and left in an almost dream-like state all the time so that they are more likely to be dreaming, and therefore, dreaming of murders. The chamber is devoid of stimulation to keep them from focusing on the things around them. Notice that Agatha used her procognitive abilities to recognize Anderton when he entered the room.

Corrected entry: If I heard right, when Anderton's wife "Lara" is calling the people watching the Precogs when they're about to see the vision of Anderton being killed by Lamar, she calls herself "Laura."

Correction: She actually pronounces it L-are-a, instead of L-air-a. Both are acceptable and she could have gotten tired of correcting people. The same thing happens to girls named Tara.

Corrected entry: There is a basic paradox of the vision of the Crow murder. Anyone wonder what brought this vision on? The visions take place when the first "domino" falls in a series of dominos that lead to a murder, days ahead of time for a premeditaded murder or hours or minnutes before for a crime of passion (in the one we see, as soon as the husband gets suspicious the vision occurs). So what triggered this vision? What was the first domino? The paradox is that the vision itself was the first domino. Without the vision there was no reason for Aderton to track down a man named Leo Crow. So the vision somehow triggered itself. And without the vision, Aderton would not have attempted to track Leo Crow and the murder wouldn't have occured.

Correction: The trigger is John seeing Anne Lively's murder, and when he went to check the records on that Lamar decided to hire a man to pretend to be the abducter of John's son finally giving John a victim for the murder he had been planning for years.

Corrected entry: It seems illogical that two computers in the same room would not be networked together in the future. Both computers by the Temple can read from the pre-cogs, but the pre-cops use a person to run across the room with a futuristic disc to transfer information between computers! That doesn't even happen today anymore...

Correction: The computer linked to the pre-cogs is probably isolated so as to not disrupt their brain patterns, and also to avoid any possibility of someone hacking in.

Corrected entry: If Anderton's murder of Leo Crow was premeditated and thus a brown ball and he had been thinking about it for six years, wouldn't the ball have dropped earlier?

Correction: It wouldn't, because he had no idea WHO he was going to kill, just that he would do it, so the precogs had a murderer but no murder victim. So they couldn't see it any earlier.

Corrected entry: At the squat where the eye surgery is performed, the lid is left off the ice chest. Yet 6 hours later there is enough unmelted ice to nearly fill the bathtub.

Correction: The ice does not fill the bath, it is clearly floating on the surface. There are also many ice-cube trays from the freezer floating, so there is no doubt more ice from there.

Corrected entry: When John shows his gun to the hotel clerk he does not pick it up when he goes to catch Agatha and then goes upstairs. How does he manage to shoot Leo without a gun?

Correction: He does grab the gun. You can see it in his right hand when he turns to catch Agatha.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Anderton arrests the jealous husband, he notes that he is being arrested on April 22 - that day - for the future murder of his wife and her lover. Later, while Anderton is jogging, we see billboards advocating a "Yes" vote on pre-crime on April 22. The next day, Anderton's boss Lamar notes that the vote is in a week, which would make it April 15, making the day that the jealous husband was arrested April 14, not April 22. (00:13:05 - 00:15:15)

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John Anderton: I'm not being set up. I really am going to kill this man.

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Trivia: On the "subway" train, the man holding the USA Today paper is Cameron Crowe, and the woman in the seat behind him on his left is Cameron Diaz. Because "Vanilla Sky" and "Minority Report" were so close in shooting, the two directors (Crowe and Spielberg) agreed to put themselves as cameos in each other's films. (00:46:10)

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