Minority Report


Steven Spielberg's self-confessed `experimental stage' continues with another stab at adult sci-fi - - this time a murky film noir, set in the not-too-distant future. In 2054, to be exact. John Anderton (Tom Cruise) heads up Washington DC's Pre-Crime unit, a crack squad of 'tecs who use three clairvoyants - `Pre-Cogs' - to nail would-be murderers before a drop of blood is spilt. The system's faultless. Anderton is its strongest advocate. So, naturally, he's fingered as the next killer...

Not so much a whodunnit as a whowilldoit, Scott Frank and Jon Cohen's knotty script bolsters Janusz Kaminski's virtuoso visuals, while a controlled-yet-dynamic performance from Cruise acts as the rocket-pack strapped to the movie's back. Don't make the mistake of thinking this is a rollicking actioner, though: three or four set-pieces, all brilliant, are crowded by tangled conversations conducted in gloomy rooms, and the cold, stormy images - - courtesy of a `bleach bypass' operation that siphons out reds and oranges - - look like reflections in black ice.

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