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"Can you see?" Secret sharers Morton and Cruise photo: David James/Dreamworks.
Vision quest, you know Im blind without them, says a would-be murderer at the start. Lets keep that antecedent unclear. Its an apt first line for a film so relentlessly concerned with the dangers of visualizationand at the same time so generous in its capacity for spectacle.
In a world of murder-mapping ESP and retinal ID scans, heartrending holograms and massive surveillance, the metaphoric and literal burdens are such that its no wonder the eye becomes the site of trauma. Faces without an eye: A child scissors out peepholes in an Abraham Lincoln mask; a dealer in what allergy look like illicit asthma inhalers has wormy voids instead of orbs; Tom Cruises John Anderton, the chief of the Department of Pre-Crime who finds his name. Un Chien Andalou set to, a Clockwork Orange.
Its enough to make you cancel that Lasik appointment. Blade Runner was a first-rate re-imagining of a first-rate Philip. Dick novel; Minority Report is in some ways more impressive in its elevation of much weaker PKD material, a 1956 short story with little to offer beyond its premise.
Both films are, at heart, detective stories. Beneath its F/X whistles and bells, minority Report made me think of that inexorable murder in Borgess Death and the Compass as filtered through Platos allegory of the cave (the images pulled from the grotto-dwelling pre-cogs appearing on the ultimate flat-screen monitor as well.
Eyes Wide Shut and the Dickian, ridiculous, vanilla Sky. I can hardly be the first viewer to have noted that the names of the mutants, Agatha, Arthur, and Dashiell, correspond to three grand masters of popular detective fiction: Christie, Conan Doyle, and Hammett. Anderton, hunted by his own agency, essentially dons the mantle of private eye, a slave to grit and revelation.
He plucks from the temple (as the pre-cog lair is called) his private eye and secret sharer, Agatha (bald and bloodcurdling Samantha Morton returning to the scene of the imminent crime in order to defeat what the fates have decreed. Minority Report, before the filmmakers give in to rote conspiracy (Dick, in this case, fared no better those words seem charged with ancient horror, in that voice as old as tragedy. Ed Park *And I love the whistles, I dig the bells: the animated cereal box, the beautifully vertiginous cascading traffic, Anderton hiding in the tub from the police spiders like its.
(The show has a chance,. Cops will apparently still be on the air.).
Question authority, if I could return from the future to prevent the bad parts.
Minority Report from happening, heres what Id do: impound the steam-iron-shaped police cruiser (stolen from Boba Fett) and all the telephone-receiver-shaped cars (stolen from. Id arrest the whole black-suited police force (on expired visas from.