Here's a Tom Cruise movie I thought I had seen before, but apparently hadn't! It takes place in an alternate future, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, where murders are prevented before they can occur, and killers are sentenced for crimes they never committed. In other words: a lot like the world today.
It's a perfect system, of which Chief John Anderton is a firm believer, and yet... what if the system fails? What if the flaw is human? What if the flaw is himself? When the system tells him that he's going to kill a man named Leo Crow within a day, he runs. Everybody runs. But why would he kill a man he doesn't know, and if he knows he's going to kill this man, does he really need to kill him? Of course there's more to it than that. His son who disappeared. His wife. The one who started the 'Precrime' division, and the one who coined the title of the movie. There's this guy too, played by Colin Farrell, who just won't quit chasing him. And to truly get out of their sight he has to lose his eyes.
It's a surreal scenario, and apart from the futuristic cars (a bit too futuristic to feel true to the year it takes place, which is year 2054), it all feels suitably futuristic. It's not all that different, though the real eye-openers are in the smallest details (those spiders open eyes too huh), like the crowded pool, and compact architectural design even for bigger establishments. The jetpack chase and the fight in the car factory both lead them through interesting establishments, and all the while a sinister plot brews in the background. It's a perfect system, but can it be cheated? And if so, who's really cheating who?
It leaves you with a qualmy feeling; maybe because this could be the future, but it's satisfying too. It's not a good future, but it's believable, well-filmed, well-acted, and with a surprise guest appearance by Peter Stormare and Caroline Lagerfelt (Swedes! Sweet). What more could you ask for? It's Sci-fi when it's at it most daunting and dystopian, surreal, but real. In the end it's not all that unlike our world after all.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle