Along with Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Rian Johnson and Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg is among my top 5 favourite filmmakers of all time. His resume includes some of the greatest movies ever made, including Jaws, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Jurassic Park, The Indiana Jones trilogy and The Color Purple, to name only a few. Collectively, his entire resume has made over $4 billion at the worldwide box office and Steven Spielberg will go down as one of the most successful filmmakers is cinema history.

In my opinion, it would the 2002 sci-fi tale about fate verse free will that has always stood out as Spielberg’s best movie. Not Jaws, which I love or even Schindler’s List, which I love even more. Rather, there’s something so visionary about this amazing, futuristic, philosophical masterpiece that places Minority Report number one on the best resumes in film history.

Why I Love Minority Report…

I saw Minority Report in cinemas opening weekend back in 2002. At the time, I was in Broadcasting School and didn’t watch too many movies in the cinema. Thankfully, I’ve put that bad habit to rest. Minority Report is number 8 on my list of my top 30 films of all time so needless to say, I love really this movie and have ever since I saw it 13 years ago. It also met all four of my personal criteria for me to call it a masterpiece, as per my recent post on the subject.

Minority Report tells the story of John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise. John works at the as a specialized police officer in Washington, D.C. and works for a program known as PreCrime. Along with three siblings who can see into the future, John’s job is to arrest citizens who may, in the near future, commit a crime but haven’t yet.

Based on a story by prolific sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick, Minority Report has one of the most original, innovated and important stories in film history. Particularly, if the issues of civil liberties are important to you and I hope they would be. Can police predict crime before it even happens? Can you lawfully arrest someone who may commit a crime but hasn’t yet even though you have future evidence that they will? What are the limitations of into seeing into the future? Can it be changed? All these questions are brought in Minority Report but are also left ambiguous. For that reason, I must commend Steven Spielberg for taking on such an incredible, thought-provoking story.

Why You Should Watch Minority Report…

If philosophical discussions about fate verses free will aren’t your cup of tea, watch this film for the most damaged performance Tom Cruise has ever given. Playing a father who recently lost a son, John Anderton is a grief-ridden, drug-using divorcée, committed to the PreCrime program as it may have prevented the death of his only son. Tom Cruise also gives the performance of his career and it was this performance that changed my opinion of Tom Cruise as an actor. In Minority Report, Cruise switches from action movie star to dramatic actor, even though there are some terrifically filmed action sequences in Minority Report. John Anderton’s dark regret is absolutely heart-breaking in this film and the quiet moments of Anderton speaking to a home video of his deceased son will absolutely tug on your heart strings.

While it’s true that Steven Spielberg has created some amazing movies, such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List, Minority Report is his best for Spielberg ditching his typical sentimentality and going straight into the darkness of a grieving human soul.

From the philosophical angle, to the grief of a father losing his child, to some of the best shot action sequences to come out of the 2000’s, Minority Report is nothing short of a MASTERPIECE. Among an impressive resume from an amazing filmmaker, Minority Report stands as a MATURE, DEEP and HAUNTING sci-fi gem that you not only need to see if you haven’t already but you should see again if it’s been a while since you saw it last. It’s on Netflix so there are excuses for those who have that service.

The sonic shotgun for the win.