Minority Report

Tom Cruise's boss set everything up to prevent the system falling apart. Colin Farrell realizes this but the boss shoots him. Tom Cruise is locked up, but eventually is released by his wife and they put two & two together. Apparently, the boss really abducted his son, because he knew that if he did, Tom would join and further the alliance out of grief to uncover the truth. There is a big banquet going on for the alliance and Tom makes it so he takes the boss aside and the whole assembly and everyone in the building hears the truth from the boss's mouth by an undercover camera. The boss pulls out a gun and we think he will shoot Tom but instead shoots himself. Now that everyone know the truth the whole operation is shut down. Tom Cruise and his ex wife get back together and we find that she will have another baby. The three pre-cogs go to live in a cottage in seclusion so they can finally be in peace.

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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Iris Hineman: If the unintended consequences of a series of genetic mistakes and science gone haywire can be called 'invention', then yes, I invented Precrime. (00:57:50)

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Trivia: The flames in the fire at the end of the film when the camera pans out of the cottage are in the shape of AI, Speilberg's previous film!

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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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