Minority Report

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“Minority Report” "Minority Report" is a little romance and a little comedy mixed up with a whole lot of souped-up action and death-defying stunts. Did it work? I'm still thinking about it. I left the screening thinking I liked the film, and alternately convinced I didn't. The strange thing is, I told a fellow journalist there's no way the film would be a middle of the road-er; you'd either love it or hate it. And yet, I loved it - the incredibly stunning futuristic scenery, the action sequences that leap off the screen, and the shockingly brutal Spielbergian vision of the world in the not too distant future - and I disliked it (hate's way too strong of a word) - the storylines that led to unbelievable conclusions and the fact that it's supposedly set only 50 years in the future. In an interview, Steven Spielberg reported, "Right now, people are willing to give away a lot of their freedoms in order to feel safe. They're willing to give the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. far- reaching powers to root out individuals who are a danger to our way of living....How much freedom are you willing to give up? That is what this movie is about." Since the best science fiction is not only riveting entertainment but also a way of addressing contemporary issues, "Minority Report" shows its awareness of current political trends, seeming to come out of today's headlines at a time that American liberties are affected by the terrorism of Islamic extremists. At present most Americans seem perfectly willing to allow suspected terrorists to be hauled away by the authorities and detained not as regular suspects but as enemies of the state, subject to be held for a month or more without charges. Yet in a recent situation, our Attorney-General, John Ashcroft, made an assessment of one such suspect that was so grim, so melodramatically hyped, that even President Bush was angry. How about it? Do

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