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Minority Report - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
September 12th, 2002
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Minority Report
Went to the movies the other day, and watched Minority Report (details at IMDb), based on a vaguely positive comment by hattie and more favorable buzz.

It's entertaining; certainly worth watching. Spielberg (the director) still knows his craft (but also disappointingly stoops to playing scary music to us when Agatha is about to open a closet containing a teddy-bear). But the acting is reasonable (Farrell is good; Sydow's character is a little trite, but I blame the script), the visuals and aesthetics are good, and the story is enjoyable, if you're not too concerned by logical paradoxes in temporal matters.

IMDb reports that Spielberg consulted a crack team of futurologists; Spielberg should hire different futurologists, say I! Imagine this: a hyper-sophisticated visual display, manipulated by a "VR-glove" in several dimensions at once, requires a person to actually walk over from a console on one end of the room to the display on the other end with a silly Plexiglas thingy and stick it in a slot. We're talking 2054 C.E. and these guys haven't figured out a way to hook up the two machines. I mean, c'mon, we primitive humans of 2002 have had computer cables for quite some time now. Sure, Superman (in the movie) was cute when he fiddled around with all those crystals in his arctic hideout, but really, someone should have told Spielberg about network cables.

Plenty of cinematic intertextuality, too, if you're into that sort of thing: quotations of Kubrick, Blade Runner, cameos, motifs... The eye motif, for instance, is very obvious throughout the movie, but I enjoyed the whale motif much more, perhaps because it was relatively subtle.

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Mozart -- Violin Concerto No. 3 K. 216 -- Yehudi Menuhin

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From:calanya
Date:September 12th, 2002 01:06 am (UTC)

no physical connections

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I think the reason the data from the oracles has to be fed physically to the cops' workstation is to maintain credibility of the data. Otherwise, it would be possible to hack into the oracles from the global network (to which the cops' computers are linked), reducing the credibilty of the oracles.
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From:ijon
Date:September 12th, 2002 01:27 am (UTC)

uh-uh

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I can't buy that: the jumbled precog data somehow reaches the side console and is stored on that silly piece of plastic, right? How does that happen? Obviously, the wires on the precogs' heads lead somewhere -- note that what I should have written above is "network link", not necessarily cable; it can be a wireless network -- presumably to the side console, which then, with no good reason stores it on the plastic and walks over to the display's slot.

Surely if you don't want script kiddies hacking into precrime, just don't plug the machines into the wall -- a cable, or link, between the side console and the display mechanism, between them alone, should not jeopardize the data.
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From:passacaglio
Date:September 14th, 2002 07:25 am (UTC)

spoiler here!

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I really don't understand why did that old guy (don't remember his name..) have to murder Agatha's mother, when in the American court system it was fairly easy to take the custody from her for good. Why risk the project to begin with in such a manner? not to mention that the murder itself had to undergo severe planning and hiding.
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