Minority Report

Minority Report (2002)

75 corrected entries

Corrected entry: After PreCrime thwarted Anne Lively's murder, and hauled the man away, Burgess steps in and drowns her. The deed was overlooked by the technicians, believing it to be an echo of the original murder. But since the PreCrime cops had actually stopped the murder from occurring, wouldn't at least one of the officers in attendance remember that Lively wasn't dead when they left? And would they have been so incompetent and uncaring as to leave the poor woman just sitting all by herself after such a traumatic event?

Blathrop

Correction: First off, Anne was never found dead, she was just "another missing person". So even if the PreCrime cops said she was alive when they left, that would have no bearing on her going missing. And since her actual murder was discarded as an echo and there was never another murder predicted for Anne, they wouldn't think she was killed. In regards to leaving her, it's a complete assumption leaving her would be negligence or seen as uncaring. The cops are only there to arrest a suspect prior to a traumatic event from occurring (unlike today's cops where they are there after a traumatic event occur where cops would stay with the victim, EMS would likely be called, and the cops would take statements from the victim regarding the incident).

Bishop73

Corrected entry: When Anderton is about to have his eyes replaced, the "doctor" swipes his credit card. Wouldn't the police use everything possible to find him, including the use of his credit card?

Correction: The doctor stated that there wasn't very much money in the account when his nurse swiped the card. Anderton said that he had moved as much money as he could safely move, so it's reasonable to assume Anderton moved the money to something like a gift card, which couldn't be traced back to him.

Blathrop

Corrected entry: John is in his car after it starts to take him back. He kicks out the window to escape, but when he climbs back up to get on top of the car, the window is back in place.

mrslaura

Correction: This is not true. Anderton kicks out the side window of the car, but when the car goes down, he climbs back up the top window of the car.

Corrected entry: In Containment, Anderton asks the sentry about Agatha's missing prevision. The sentry says, "For that, we go for a ride," while facing the pipe organ. The camera cuts to a wide shot of the plank extending and the sentry is now facing away from the organ.

Matty Blast

Correction: When the camera cuts to a wide shot of the plank extending this is a new scene - the actors leave the organ room and start moving within the containment area by the moving platform - two different environments. It is not a continuity error when changing to a next scene.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Anderton drops the eyeball that he wants to use to gain entry to Pre-Crime, the eye rolls down the passage, making "clickety-clack" noises. We were watching the movie on DVD with a friend who works in an eye clinic, and we all burst out laughing. Eyes are too soft to either roll or sound like that (only the ones from Halloween novelty stores do that...).

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Correction: The noises aren't "clickety clack". It's a sticky/wet sound, initially slapping against the pavement and then rolling along the ground.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, we are told the year is 2054. When they show a tour of Pre-Crime for school age children, they say that Pre-Crime, started in 2046, has been running flawlessly for 9 years. Funny, I thought 2046 to 2054 is only 8 years.

Correction: So the tour guide misspoke, or rounded up, especially if it started early in 2046 and it's late in 2054. Hardly a plot hole as this happens all the time in real life.

Phixius

Corrected entry: After Witwer is killed, Lara calls Burgess, who asks, "Has he got the precog with him?" to which Lara responds, "Yes". But Lara has never seen a precog. How would she know what a precog looks like?

Brad

Correction: Lara may not have seen one before, but it's hardly unreasonable for her to make the assumption that the woman with Anderton is the missing precog. Who else could she be? Anderton's hardly going to have stopped to pick up a date.

Tailkinker

Corrected entry: During the "greenhouse" scene Dr. Hineman explains to Anderton how the Pre-Cogs came about from the children of drug abusing mothers using these words, "This was 10 years ago when neuroin first hit the streets...All of these kids were born with severe brain damage. Most died before the age of 12." If this only happened "10 years ago" how does she know they died "before the age of 12" and, more importantly for the film, how is it that Agatha and the twins are older than 10? (From the European DVD version, scene 10, with the English "Hard of Hearing" subtitles on for clarity.)

Correction: If she said "This was 10 years ago when neuroin first hit the streets..." that simply means that it became easily obtainable at that time. It could have been around much longer than that, although it may not have been as easy to find from drug dealers.

Knever

Corrected entry: John Anderton is a wanted man. The precogs have implicated him in the future murder of Leo Crow and put out an all-points bulletin on him. They are able to track his movements through retinal scanners placed all over the city and two chase sequences show that they will send disruptive squads of nearly a dozen members and risk extensive property damage just to arrest him. That premise is made clear. What isn't made clear, however, is why the facility hosting the precogs, the central hub of this operation, allows John to use his old eyeballs to just waltz right in through the back without so much as even a warning going off? For that matter, why is there only one single, effectively unmonitored (one loopy caretaker with a manual alarm on a far wall does not a security system make) door to what is probably the single most valuable government asset? Why hasn't the system been updated to remove his access to key areas? And most importantly, why does the system have a flush mechanism that dumps the precog out to an unsecured location? The audience is expected to accept that these are very competent policemen that have enough planning and expertise to stop every single murder within the region for several years, but also that they would leave such a glaring security hole in their system.

Alex Montenegro

Correction: Precrime didn't know Anderton was going after the precogs until it was too late. Not everyone knows about the Minority Report system, as evidenced by Anderton's reaction. As for not updating the database to deny Anderton access, maybe they simply didn't have time in the rush to capture him. Regarding the flush mechanism, again, they had no idea it would be used to transport the precogs out of the building. It's simply there to drain the water and nothing more.

Brad

Corrected entry: In the scene where Anderton is talking with Hineman, she says to him that "You will bring down the [Precrime] system yourself if you manage to kill your victim. That would be the most spectacular public display of how Precrime didn't work." Shouldn't she be saying "If you manage to not kill your victim"?

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Floyd1977

Correction: Well, if Crow did die, then Precrime wouldn't have worked because the whole point is to stop murder from occuring at all.

Brad

Corrected entry: After Anderton flushes himself alongside Agatha down the tank, Gordon is directing security to seal the area. Witwer interrupts him with the statement "Doesn't matter, he wins" and responds to the more detailed plans to stop them in the reservoir with "Gordon, she's in the room with him when he kills Crow. She's already a part of his future." This seems awfully defeatist for a character that was established as being so gung-ho about landing a job at a division specifically based around preventing undesirable futures from happening. The only plausible reason for this total 180 that flies in the face of the film's premise? The writers needed a quick way to move past an escape sequence in the sewers without leaving the audience wondering what was missed.

Alex Montenegro

Correction: Character decission to act like this. Not a plot hole.

Brad

Corrected entry: How can the precogs confine their dreams/visions to the District of Columbia? When they were about to go "national", we are to believe they will all of the sudden be able to have visions that stop at the Canadian and Mexican border?

Correction: The range attainable by the precognitives' visions is never stated. It apparently covers the entire District of Columbia, but there is clearly some distance limitation involved, otherwise putting the precogs into an isolated cabin to give them a peaceful vision-free existence, as we see at the end of the film, would be a pointless exercise. While the situation you bring up never arises during the movie, it's hardly unreasonable to assume that should a vision be pinpointed to a location outside DC, then the PreCrime unit could simply notify appropriate authorities in that area, or they may have agreements with those areas that they can enter them in the course of their duties, or they may simply be ignored as being outside PreCrime's jurisdiction. Likewise, once the programme is expanded to the national level, some sort of agreement could readily be drawn up with neighbouring governments to cover the eventuality of a prevision being traced to a location outside the United States. None of these possibilities are explored in the film, but the fact that they aren't touched upon doesn't make this a mistake, simply an unanswered question.

Tailkinker

Corrected entry: The Precrime cops make a huge effort to track down and arrest Anderton before he commits his murder. However, they make no effort whatsoever to protect Crowe. They could've moved Crowe to a secure location, one Anderton was not aware of, rather than waste time chasing down someone who knows their tactics and could easily outrun them. It made sense why they didn't protect the other victims because the murders took place mere minutes after Precrime analyzed the visions, but the Precogs saw Anderton's murder days in advance. The cops had plenty of time to locate and protect Crowe. If Anderton couldn't find Crowe in the first place, the murder would've been prevented, since all the other murders were prevented when the killer was separated from the victims and could not commit the crime.

Brad

Correction: The director of Precrime is the one that set up Anderton. He set set up the fake future murder. He could have easily directed the police to avoid protecting Crowe.

Rlvlk

Corrected entry: Anderton approaches that old Doctor's house and the camera shows a KEEP OUT sign. However the sign is pointing towards the camera, the same way that Anderton's car is driving as he approaches, which means either the sign is the wrong way round or the Doctor doesn't want anyone ever to leave her property.

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Correction: We see the car drive up behind the sign and stop to the left of the sign, at the end of a footpath which runs past the sign up to the house. The sign is for people on the path, not the road.

Madstunts

Corrected entry: In the Lexus plant, Anderton kicks Whitworth who touches his hand to his mouth, and spits out blood. At the end of this scene, after Anderton drives out of the plant, the close-up of Whitworth shows a trail of dried blood coming out of his nose, not his mouth, which shows no sign of injury.

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Correction: There is never any sign of external injury to Danny's mouth - most likely it was his gums or teeth bleeding.

Madstunts

Corrected entry: The whole plot with setting Anderton up for murdering Leo Crow doesn't make sense. The strength of the Precrime system is that murders do not get committed at all (as there are none in Washington). Yet when Crow was hired, he was told he will have to be killed. When Anderton refuses to kill him, he kills himself. But the fact that the murder was, in fact, committed and that Precrime was not able to stop it, even though they had plenty of time to, would actually prove that the system is not foolproof. Lamar Burgess would therefore sabotage his own effort to prove how the system is faultless and should be extended.

Correction: 1.) The murder has to actually be intended for the precogs to pick it up. If Leo hadn't really been setup to die, there would have been no report by them. 2.) There was no murder, it was a suicide. That's the titular "minority report". The female precog, Agatha, saw the events that actually took place, whereas the other two saw Anderton murder Leo. This isn't a plot hole, it's a plot point. 3.) Anderton was accused of killing Crowe by the precogs, Crowe died, and Anderton was incarcerated for it. The spin that Burgess put on the whole affair proves, as far as the public is concerned, that Precrime is foolproof: no innocents go to jail.

Phixius

Corrected entry: In the footage of Anderton murdering Leo Crowe, we get a good look of an old lady with a pipe and a guy with glasses being behind the window. With all their technology, databases and awareness of where everybody is, they never bothered to look those two up? They could have narrowed it down easily. More than that, we learn Leo Crowe was listed in the hotel register. Could they not look him up as well and find out where he could be? It just seems they made too many mistakes for a department which could stop murderers in a few minutes.

Correction: Their "awareness" of where everyone is comes from retinal scans, you can't scan the retina of a psychic vision. And who says they didn't look for a Leo Crowe. Only thing, I wonder how many Leo Crowes there might be in a huge city like this.

Phixius

Corrected entry: This film is based on a play written by Sophocles call Oedipus Rex. If you read the play you will see that there are many references to this play in the movie, from his eyeballs being taken out to the telling of his fate.

Correction: Actually, no, it's based on the Philip K. Dick story of the same name. Whether Dick might have borrowed any ideas from the Sophocles play is irrelevant, this film was not based on it. Any similarities, and there aren't really that many, are purely coincidental.

Tailkinker

Corrected entry: Anderton is trapped inside the Lexus as it is being built, and his head is positioned on top of the "X"-shaped bracket to which the chair attaches. Some spikes shoot through the bottom of the car, trapping his head where it is, and the chair (with an "X"-shaped bottom to match the bracket) comes straight down at him. Then the camera cuts to a different shot, and we find that Anderton somehow miraculously avoided being killed, even though it couldn't have been possible.

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Matty Blast

Correction: One quick turn to the other side easily would have saved him from the first chair coming down. The spikes wouldn't have hindered him to turn. Then back onto the chair to evade the second one coming down.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: After the fight scene in the automobile plant where Anderton is built into a car on the assembly line, we see him sit up after the car is done being made. It's obvious that we are looking at the tail-end of the production process, because we see the car he is in being painted as it rolls along. When the car is finished, Anderton sits up in the driver's seat and drives the car out an exit that is apparently right in front of him. If this is the end of a giant assembly line, where do the rest of the cars go? Does someone drive all of them off of the line as well?

Correction: The cars drive themselves off the line and to the place where they are to be stored or loaded for shipping. Recall that moments earlier, Anderton's own car went into "automatic pilot" mode while he was fleeing, suggesting that cars can be piloted both manually and via computer.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: When Burgess is talking to John Anderton in his car on the flip up transparent panel on his desk, the word Nokia is the correct way round to the people in the cinema, therefore it would have been a mirror image to Burgess who was using it.

Correction: That would actually be a clever marketing strategy by Nokia. If the computer is used in a library, airport, cafe, or any public place, Nokia would want their logo to appear correctly to other people as a form of advertising.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: In the scene were the pre-crime unit make their first arrest of the film, there is a child on a merry-go-round. he gets off and it stops when Cruise is looking for the door. The merry-go-round is completely still. The shot changes to one from behind and the merry-go-round is moving at a furious pace.

Correction: If the exhaust port from the hovercraft is positioned at just the right point near/above the merry-go-round, the airflow will cause it to spin, similar to the way weather instruments measure wind speed and point of origin.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: Now, it's understandable that Agatha has no makeup while she's in the water, since she doesn't need it. But, why oh why, does she has a full face of makeup (well, at least eye shadow and lipstick) when we see a closeup of her, while she is having her mind read by Rufus Riley at Cyber Parlor. Where did she get it from? When did she have time to put it on? After being in hibernation for so long, would she have the strength? The inclination?

Correction: Anderton stopped to pick her up some clothes so that she would look inconspicuous while in public. He picked her up some makeup for the same reason, and she put it on while in the car.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: Eye scanners can tell the difference between living eyes and dead ones from the pulses in the blood vessels. If the eyes have been removed and shoved in a bag, the scanners shouldn't have recognized them in the first place.

Correction: Yes, some eye scanners can tell the difference between living and dead eyes. These ones can't, that's not a movie mistake.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: When Anderton and co. are scrambling on-board the hovercrafts to go and prevent Howard Marks from killing his wife and her lover, Anderton and the female pilot can be seen strapping themselves in and their data screens automatically lower down in front of their faces. Later on however, when the Pre-cops are searching the sprawl, the pilot has to manually pull down her data screen.

Correction: The first time the data screen automatically came down, perhaps it was due to them taking off and/or it came down when they strapped themselves in, kind of like the fasten seat belt light goes off when you fasten it. So, when she manually pulls it down, she might have moved it on her own, so she could have a better view of her surrounding area, and just lowered it down so she could view the information it was providing. Plus, she was already strapped in, and it wouldn't come down automatically.

Corrected entry: Anderton's assistant explains to Whitwer that the balls are impossible to forge because the "shape" and grain of each ball is unique. The grain may be unique, but each ball has the same shape.

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Matty Blast

Correction: The balls are probably not perfectly round, which would give each ball a unique shape.

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.

Myridon

Corrected entry: When Lamar shots Collin Ferrels character, where was a pre-cog ball?

Correction: It's explained quite clearly in the film - unless the three precogs are together, it doesn't work. As Agatha is away from the twins, off with Anderton, there's no precognition, so Lamar can kill Witwer without being picked up.

Tailkinker

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.

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Eliza

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.

Sereenie

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.

Eliza

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

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

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

Corrected entry: Danny Witwer tells Anderton: "I spent two years in Fuller seminary before becoming a cop. My father was very proud ... he was shot and killed when I was fourteen on the steps of our church in Dublin." 1st of all, Fuller is Lutheran, but Danny carries a Catholic medallion. 2nd, he must have either attended a college-level seminary at fourteen or have contact with his dead father.

Correction: The Catholic medallion might be a family thing, not connected with his time in Fuller, or changes in the religious landscape in the fifty years between now and the events of the film may explain this. Obviously Danny would not have attended the college-level seminary at 14, nor could he have had contact with his dead father - his statement that his father was proud is intended to be ironic, and to show that he has lost someone to violence as well.

Tailkinker

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.

darren-c

Corrected entry: Before John Anderton goes into the building to meet Leo Crow, he looks at the timer in his watch which is counting DOWN. The timer goes from "12:42" to "12:43". It should be counting down, but it goes up instead.

Correction: The watch does count down.

darren-c

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.

Krista

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?

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

Sereenie

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.

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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.

Corrected entry: Anderton escapes with one precog by draining the fluid from the tank, allowing himself and her to be drawn down the drain. Why on earth would there be a man-sized drain in the precog tank? Wouldn't that be a safety hazard? It was certainly a security risk. The pre-cogs are invaluable, without them precrime doesn't exist so why is there not even a grating over the drain to prevent accidental drainage of the pre-cogs.

Correction: Presumably the hole is there as a drain so the tank can be emptied. If it was any smaller it would take a week to drain the tank. The tank is so large that a large drain is needed. It's actually about the right size.

Corrected entry: When Anderton is in the car that he has fallen into during the fight, the car is sprayed red while the Pre Crime cops watch the car from behind a screen. The spray guns are all around the car and spraying it with paint, but no paint is seen on the floor or the walls, I can only assume this is a special kind of paint that Dulux will invent eventually.

Correction: It's magnetically charged paint. It already exists. The paint particles are charged as they exit the nozzle, and are attracted to only the metal of the car, which is also magnetically charged.

Corrected entry: It is stated very that the precogs have only a few hours (maybe less) to show a crime of passion since the person committing the crime doesn't know he/she is going to do it. If that logic is followed, and Anderton's crime was predicted over a day in advance, why was Colin Ferrell's character's murder not seen in advance? Agatha is the strongest precog of the three but she was still in the Temple until just a little while before his murder. If Colin Ferrell's murder had been seen, wouldn't that have caused the arrest of Anderton's boss?

Correction: It was a crime of passion that was triggered by Whitmore revealing that he knew about a high ranking pre-crime detective manipulating the system, which is while Agatha was away.

Corrected entry: When Howard Banks goes into his house to check if his wife is cheating on him, the pre-cogs show that he goes into his house with the door opening on the right side. But when Anderton runs in to stop the murder he rushses through the door with the door opening on the left side.

Correction: When the black guy looks at the image that show the door open, we're looking through the other side of the screen, because it is clear. That makes the image reversed, so the door opens on the correct side.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where they give a tour to school children they saw pre-crime has been running smoothly for 9 years. Anderton's son has been missing for 6 years why then when John was talking to Burgess did he say if the company would have been around 6 months earlier his son's death would have never happened, when the company had been around 3 years earlier?

Correction: On the school tour the guide actually says "pre-crime began with a government grant 9 years ago". There could have easily been 3 years of research/development before it was put properly in place.

Corrected entry: The police were able to track down John during most of the movie because his eyes were constantly scanned and his location sent to the cops, yet when he uses one of his eyes on the scanner to open the door tn the basement of the pre-crime department, no alarms go off! They were able to track him down all the way to an old delapidating building but not the police station itself?

Correction: The reason why the alarm doesn't go off is because no one is allowed down there anyway, and there's always someone down there, so if anyone came in, he would be able to manually set off the alarm. Also remember at the beginning that when Anderton is giving the tour of the Temple, the system says "Access Denied" to Witwer and no alarm goes off. And also remember, they did NOT track Anderton down to the building. They were only doing a search.

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Corrected entry: When Anderton is in his car and Precrime finds him the car gets locked down. So he simply kicks out a window and climbs out of the car, but when the camera shows the outside shots of him on the car none of the windows are missing. Some people claim it's just down to the angle, but it's definitely not - watch it closely. He kicks out the window against the direction of travel, and climbs on the roof. The car then starts going vertically (without swivelling round), so in order to stand upright he stands on the window...which he kicked out just before.

Correction: The side which has the kicked out window is facing the vertical highway. The little "hub" that Anderton crawls out of DOES swivel, and the wheels are attached to the highway. I can't imagine anyone going down the highway sidways.

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Corrected entry: What bothered me in this movie is the 'all or nothing' approach. They stopped using precogs because it wasn't always accurate and they risked arresting an innocent person, and also because of the ethics problem of arresting someone for a crime he didn't yet commit. Even so, couldn't they still use the system as a preventive measure, just stopping the crime without necessarily arresting the suspect? Wouldn't that help prevent dozens of murders per year?

Correction: It would, but the ethical question of imprisoning three people to prevent murders that might happen was just as important. They had to free the precogs for that reason, not just because the system wasn't entirely accurate.

Corrected entry: It is completely illogical that Burgess hires a murderer to kill Ann Lively, knowing that the PreCrime Dept. will arrest him and then shortly after killing her himself. Why not hire a second killer? The effect would have been the same and he wouldn't have risked his own skin.

Correction: Maybe, but there'd be no guaruntee that the second killer wouldn't be arrested as well. Keep in mind that the only reason Burgess is allowed to be anywhere near Anne Lively is because he's the director of Pre-Crime and therefore is above suspicion to his subordinates. Burgess's best bet to successfully kill Lively would be to do it himself since the system he created wouldn't believe him to have any involvement.

Corrected entry: John Anderton (Tom Cruise) visits his ex-wife at her country home. Their son, an only child, was kidnapped and presumably murdered six years earlier. As John and his wife talk in the yard, a tricycle is clearly visible on the lawn. Is the audience to believe that she is so grief-stricken that she has been unable to touch the tricycle for six years?

Correction: That's not unusual. It's the right weather to put it outside, and also it's a memento of their son's.

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Corrected entry: This really confuses me. The guy who got caught/framed for the murder of the pre-cog's mother was known as "John Doe", because they didn't know his real name. Then what was the name on his ball?

Correction: As stated in one of the other mistakes / corrections, the name of the murderer does not appear on any ball until their face has been seen in the precogs vision. As the murderer was wearing a mask, their face would never have been seen.

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: 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: 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.

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: If the Max Von Sydow character had planned on really killing Agatha's Mom after the (also-planned) attempt would be caught by the Pre-Crime Police...wouldn't his actual plan also be seen by the "Pre-Cogs" and shown to the Pre-Crime Police as a "premeditated murder"?

Correction: The pre-cogs sometimes had echoes where they saw the same murder twice. The echos were dismissed because it was understandable that it was the same murder and it was just a glich in the pre-cog's system. The pre-cogs did see Sydow murdering Agatha's mom, but the vision was dismissed, like the other echoes.

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: 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: 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 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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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.

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Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Tom Cruise in Magnolia, has a cameo on the train. It is reported that he is so hard to find that Anderson himself does not know where he appears.

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