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(2002) (Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell) (PG-13)

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Sci-fi: In a futuristic society where murderers are arrested before committing the crime, a cop goes on the run after a psychic vision shows he's about to murder someone.
It's the year 2054 and there hasn't been a murder in Washington, D.C. over the past six years due to the work of a police operation known as Pre-Crime. Run by Lamar Burgess (MAX VON SYDOW) who invented it with the reclusive Iris Hineman (LOIS SMITH), the system utilizes the premonitions of three psychics, known as Pre-Cogs - including Agatha (SAMANTHA MORTON) - who have visions of pending murders.

Examining and piecing together those fragmented views, cops such as John Anderton (TOM CRUISE) and his partner Gordon Fletcher (NEAL McDONOUGH) figure out who's going to kill whom as well as when and where the murder will take place. Racing against the clock, they then arrest the perpetrator before the event actually occurs, and then send them off to a prison containment facility overseen by Gideon (TIM BLAKE NELSON).

All of the system works and there's a plan to take it nationwide, but Danny Witwer (COLIN FARRELL) of the Justice Department has reservations about the legality and morality of the whole setup, especially when he learns that John is a drug addict whose wife, Lara (KATHRYN MORRIS), left him after their young son disappeared and was presumably killed years ago.

Things then become more complicated when John is seen in the next round of psychic visions as a pending murderer. Not recognizing the upcoming victim or why he might be inclined or forced to kill him, John goes on the run, eventually enlisting the aid of Lara, Agatha and an underground eye surgeon, Dr. Eddie (PETER STORMARE), all while trying to clear his name and figure out whether he's being set up or really will kill another person.

If they're fans of anyone in the cast, director Steven Spielberg or sci-fi stories, they probably will.
For violence, brief language, some sexuality and drug content.
  • TOM CRUISE plays a cop of the future who supports the Pre-Crime program due to having his son abducted and presumably killed years ago. He's also a drug addict who uses profanity and then goes on the run once implicated as a future murderer.
  • COLIN FARRELL plays a Dept. of Justice official who investigates the Pre-Crime program and then tries to capture John once he goes on the run. He uses some profanity.
  • SAMANTHA MORTON plays one of the psychics used to predict future murders who then assists and tries to help John out of his predicament.
  • MAX VON SYDOW plays the older director of the pre-crime operation.
  • KATHRYN MORRIS plays John's separated or ex-wife who eventually helps him.
  • NEAL McDONOUGH plays another cop who tries to track down and capture John after he goes on the run.
  • LOIS SMITH plays the woman who invented Pre-Crime.
  • TIM BLAKE NELSON plays a warden of sorts who presides over the containment facility where prisoners are stored.
  • PETER STORMARE plays a "doctor" who performs illegal eye transplants and was earlier arrested for setting his patients on fire.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this sci-fi film that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of 1 use of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some sexually related dialogue is present, a married woman is briefly seen fooling around with her adulterous lover, another couple is partially seen having sex, and a man experiences a virtual reality encounter with a scantily clad woman.

    Violence consists of several people being shot to death, non-lethal fighting, and various quick images of real or psychic-based visions of past or future violence, including murder (including that inflicted by scissors and drowning, etc.). Some of those scenes and other material (including some effective jump scenes) may be unsettling and/or suspenseful to viewers, while the violence and other material have some bloody/gory results (including a bag containing some recently removed and bloody eyeballs).

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while the protagonist is a drug addict of some sort (we see him inhaling an unknown drug), a few people drink or smoke, and some tense family material is present (a man being separated from his wife due to the disappearance and presumed death of his child, a man discovering his wife is having an affair, etc.).

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

  • We learn that John is a drug addict of sorts and see him buying some sort of inhalant drug. Back at his place, John inhales this drug from its small container.
  • A person comments that the Pre-Cogs' heads are stocked with dopamine and endorphins to prevent pain.
  • We hear that a deceased woman was a drug addict like someone else.
  • Danny goes through John's place and finds used drug containers and what could be an empty beer bottle.
  • John walks past a talking/animated beer ad (it states that he "could use a Guinness right now").
  • John inhales more drugs from a small container.
  • Lamar has a drink.
  • People have wine in front of them at a ceremony.
  • During quick shots of a husband attacking his unfaithful wife and her lover, we see a brief view of some blood on her chest (from where he stabbed her with scissors and it's black and white footage).
  • We see a drug dealer who has no eyes (we see the empty eye sockets).
  • A person vomits a great deal after being shocked by a shock stick of some sort.
  • Danny has a tiny bit of blood on his face (from his nose) after a fight, while an associate has a tiny bit on his lip.
  • John has some bloody scrapes/nicks on his neck after jumping over Iris' wall and being attacked by some moving vines.
  • Iris has some blood on her palm after being cut there.
  • We hear a toilet flush and see a woman stand up and pull up her pants, but don't see any details. In a later scene that's seen from above as the camera passes overhead of various rooms, we briefly see a man sitting on a toilet (but don't see any details).
  • Mucous comes from a man's nose.
  • On several occasions, we see some bloody eyeballs with some bloody fluid in a clear plastic bag. In one scene, the eyes fall out and roll down a hallway, with John just grabbing one by the optic nerve before it goes through a grate.
  • While temporarily blindfolded, John goes to a stranger's kitchen to have a sandwich and milk left for him. He unknowingly chooses old versions of both, biting down into a moldy sandwich and then trying to wash out his mouth with rancid milk (both of which he spits out).
  • John has various bloody scrapes on his body.
  • We see a quick black and white image of blood coming from a gunshot wound to the chest.
  • John has a few bloody scrapes on his face.
  • A man shoots another man and then shoots him again (we don't see the actual impact, but do see a growing blood stain on his shirt).
  • We see a tiny bit of blood on Lamar's finger after he accidentally pricks it.
  • We see that a miscellaneous married woman is having an affair with another man (and her husband then murders both in a psychic vision).
  • Those who restrain and drug the Pre-Cogs to be used for their psychic abilities obviously have both types of attitudes.
  • We hear that a "doctor" used to be a plastic surgeon and was arrested for setting his patients on fire.
  • Some miscellaneous man goes to a virtual reality center where he states that his dream/fantasy is to kill his boss.
  • We see that a man has apparently been stalking and possibly abducting children (we see that he has various photos of them on his bed), but in the end, we don't know if that's really the case.
  • Those responsible for abusing the system and setting up or killing others obviously have extreme cases of bad attitudes.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore" may also be unsettling or suspenseful to viewers.
  • The sight of the three psychics, floating in water and hooked up to equipment, might be unsettling to some viewers.
  • The scene where John tries to figure out the location of the crime, get there and prevent it before it happens could be tense/suspenseful to some viewers.
  • We see a drug dealer who has no eyes (we see the empty eye sockets).
  • John climbs out of his "car" that then goes down along a vertical wall, leaving him hanging from its side. As it zips down several hundred or thousand feet of wall, he climbs back on top of it and then proceeds to jump from it to other passing "cars" that are also traveling vertically along the wall.
  • John has to avoid various pieces of assembly line equipment (that could be deadly if they hit him) as they assemble a car around him.
  • A scene where John goes to have his eyes removed and replaced with another set could be rather disturbing and suspenseful to viewers, particularly when viewers realize the "doctor" is somewhat deranged and upset that John, who's now woozy from being sedated, arrested him in the past. This includes the doctor putting on apparatus on John's head and then spreading the skin around John's eyes open with small metal rods (we don't see the actual surgery, but do later see the bloody eyeballs in a clear plastic bag).
  • Various mechanical "spiders" are let loose in a rundown building as they search for John. He attempts to hide, while blindfolded, in a room and then submerses himself in a bathtub of ice water and tries to hold his breath as the "spiders" enter the room. He's then forced to remove a blindfold that may leave him blind as a spider scans his eye.
  • John chases after a pair of previously removed eyeballs that rapidly roll down a hallway toward a grate in the floor.
  • A man grabs another man's hand and the gun in it, and holds the latter against him, wanting the second man to shoot and kill him.
  • For the squeamish, we see a shot of a man injecting a needle into a woman's neck.
  • Handguns/Futuristic shockwave guns/Shock sticks: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Save your ass," "Shut up," "Bust my balls," "You'll get the hell out of here," "What the hell is happening?" "None of your damn business," "You'll be totally buggered," "Sick bastard" and "Who the hell are you?"
  • An apparently deranged man gives some cops "the finger" with both hands.
  • As John stares down at the floating and seemingly unconscious Pre-Cogs, one of them suddenly grabs him (a pretty big jump scene).
  • A dog suddenly appears and barks at a fence.
  • A man is unexpectedly shot.
  • An extreme amount of ominous, suspenseful and action-oriented music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 1 "f" word, 6 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("get laid"), 7 hells, 5 damns, 1 ass, 1 use of "buggered," 6 uses of "Oh God," 2 each of "Jesus Christ" and "My God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "Jesus" and "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • In several quick shots seen in both a premonition and then the real thing, we see a married woman fooling around with another man. Some close-up kissing occurs and we then see the guy on top of the woman (no nudity).
  • Later, we see that couple kissing in the bathroom and the man tells the woman they should get in bed. She replies, "Let's do it in here." He replies that the bed is soft, prompting her to reply, "I'm soft." We then see that man in his boxers and tank-top as he climbs on top of the woman on her bed.
  • John watches a recorded video clip of his wife (that he shot in the past) where she tells him to put the camera away, stating that it's time to take care of his wife. She then playfully promises to make it memorable and then tells him to put the camera down, playfully warning that he "won't be getting anything tonight" if he doesn't.
  • As a "nurse" escorts a sedated John to another room, she purposefully grabs his clothed butt with her hand.
  • As the camera passes overhead of various rooms in an apartment complex, we see a partial shot (head and shoulders only) of a couple having sex (that shows the man on top with movement and sounds).
  • We briefly see some sort of hologram type imagery where a man's fantasy is visually created as he lies back and a scantily clad woman in a bikini or something similar straddles him and moves around a bit. We also hear the owner of this establishment talking about women who want to "get laid" by their favorite soap star, while other sexual comments are made and some sexual sounds are heard. The owner then commends John, who's stopped by for different reasons, for having the time to get a "little jerky for yourself' (all while suggestively flicking his tongue). He then apologizes to Agatha for his thoughts (apparently sexual) about his own cousin.
  • We see the image of a young girl dancing around in a school uniform (with short skirt) on a man's computer screen (meaning he was watching that for pleasure).
  • As Agatha describes a young man growing up, she says that he makes love to a pretty girl in college.
  • A miscellaneous woman is seen smoking a pipe several times (the same scene) while a miscellaneous man smokes a cigar in one scene.
  • A man discovers that his wife is having an affair.
  • We hear that Danny was 15 when his father died, and then hear that John's young son is dead (and that he's separated or divorced from Lara because of that).
  • We see a flashback of John frantically searching for his missing son who's just disappeared from a public swimming pool.
  • We see a brief scene of a husband and wife having a verbal fight.
  • Free choice vs. fate.
  • Whether someone could or should be imprisoned for a crime they've yet to commit.
  • Psychics and their "visions."
  • What the world will be like decades into the future.
  • In several quick shots seen in both a premonition and then the real thing, we see a husband taking a pair of scissors to his unfaithful wife and her male lover. We see quick, disorienting shots of struggling (in a bathtub) and the husband jabbing and stabbing at them with a pair of scissors, but it's hard to tell exactly what's occurring (although one can tell in general, we don't see the actual impact). Moments later, we then see John watching some of the above scenes, with struggling in the tub and views of the stabbing motions.
  • A husband prepares to stab his unfaithful wife and her lover with scissors when John bursts into the room and grabs the man, smashing his hand (with scissors in it) through a window. He then slams that man down onto the bed where he pins him while other cops break through the skylights and descend to the room.
  • We see a psychic vision of violence with some struggling, drowning and the sight of a body underwater, but it's hard to tell what we're seeing.
  • We see visions of another pending murder that eventually show various shots of a gun being shot and then of a man shooting another man with a gun, the last of which shows the victim falling back through a window and then out of sight.
  • John slams Danny back against a wall and holds a gun to his chin.
  • John grabs a fellow cop's shock stick and zaps another cop. As he ascends a fire escape, he kicks another cop that flies up after him and smashes one's head against the metal fire escape, kicking him away. He then sends one rapidly flying up through the air, kicks another one aside and grabs another and his rocket pack. The two struggle with the cop punching John in the face and John then flying them up along the side of the building, smacking into and breaking off brick flowerbeds hanging on the wall. They then fly up through construction scaffolding and then crash into a rundown apartment. They then bang into the ceiling and then crash through it to the floor above them and then blast through a wall where the other man falls unconscious.
  • An agent fires some sort of shockwave gun at John but misses. John then apparently strikes an agent, grabs his gun and then fires several of those shockwaves that knock other agents backwards through a warehouse. One grabs John from behind and they struggle.
  • John and Danny get into a fight where Danny throws many punches that are delivered to the face and body. John then kicks, hits and knees Danny several times. More punching and hitting follows.
  • Some moving vines briefly attack John after he jumps across Iris' wall. Moments later, Iris explains that he's been poisoned by them and gives him an antidote. Later, while demonstrating a point to John, Iris squeezes a vine that then struggles and cuts her palm while yanking away from her.
  • An old film shows a movie character walking in and shooting someone repeatedly with a gun (no blood).
  • John grabs a man, bends his arm behind his back and pins him to a table.
  • Various mechanical "spiders" briefly shock John.
  • Danny uses a chair to break through a glass panel.
  • John slams a man down onto the floor.
  • We see a quick black and white image of blood coming from a gunshot wound to the chest.
  • We see more quick shots of a murdered drowning victim's body underwater.
  • Some cops trip over a homeless man.
  • John grabs a man, pushes him into a wall and slams him down (all while Agatha screams in the background). He continues to throttle this man and throws him down to the floor. He then repeatedly hits this man several times (with hard blows) and holds his gun on him.
  • A man grabs another man's hand and the gun in it, and holds the latter against him, wanting the second man to shoot and kill him. He then backs off, but then does it again and this time the gun goes off, shooting the first man and sending him crashing through a window and out of sight as he falls away.
  • A man shoots another man and then shoots him again (we don't see the actual impact, but do see a growing blood stain on his shirt).
  • John briefly struggles with a cop.
  • A woman holds a gun on a prison guard.
  • We see a flashback vision of a man struggling with a woman and then dragging her through the woods before being grabbed by cops. Another man then struggles with and drowns that woman.
  • We see a psychic vision of a man shooting another man.
  • A man holds a gun on another man and as the two are close to each other, a gunshot is heard (and we then see a man fall to the ground, mortally wounded).

  • Reviewed June 17, 2002 / Posted June 21, 2002

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