YMMV / Minority Report

  • Adaptation Displacement: Philip K. Dick is the accidental master of this trope.
  • Award Snub: Was only nominated for a single Oscar, for Sound Editing.
  • Awesome Music: Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" is used very well.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The chase sequence with the jetpack cops. Five minutes of action that is oddly comedic as we see average people like a boy playing a saxophone react to jetpacks flying through the housing complex.
    • Also when Dr. Iris Hineman kisses Anderton for no reason and no reaction from the latter.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: At a certain point, a television plays an episode of Cops, still on Fox (sister company of the film's distributor). The show had a Channel Hop to Spike TV on 2013.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ads in this film seem to know the targets' names, personal tastes, and the like. Come the age of selling users' personal information to third-party companies for advertising purposes...
    • After Danny is murdered, the scene with John pointing his gun at Witwer's throat becomes almost painful, knowing that later in the movie, it will be the same gun used to muder him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Press X to SEAN!!!!
  • Idiot Plot: The entire plot relies upon the fact that Anderton, a man whose job is literally to avert pre-destined murder, wouldn't think to avert a pre-destined murder he is supposed to commit when he knows for a fact where and when he'll commit it. The film justifies this by noting that Anderton wants to prove his innocence, but the fact remains that Anderton himself literally says out loud exactly what he should do then allows himself to be talked out of it by Dr. Iris Hineman, even though her logic (how can he avoid a man he's never met) is flawed because he knows exactly where and when the meeting takes place.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lamar Burgess. He literally made a career out of faking out Precrime; first by disguising Anne Lively's murder as an "echo", then by disguising all three visions of Crow's death as brown balls by putting the plan in action while Anderton was at the office, ensuring that he would either be arrested immediately or run, so when Crow be found with the Orgy of Evidence that could lead Anderton to murder it looked planned by Anderton. The only thing Burgess couldn't see coming was Anderton figuring out everything in time to tell it all to his wife, even if he wasn't free to act on the information himself.
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene where Anderton runs after his eyeballs became popular on YTMND.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The other bottle of milk and sandwich.
    • Sick sticks. Likely much more effective than a nightstick, but potentially much worse if they're aiming at you. And probably incredibly painful if you have an empty stomach when you get sticked.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Have a nice trip to containment...
  • No Yay: The aforementioned kiss.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Lots of them. The movie's got an incredibly solid supporting cast.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The video game version has a different-looking, blond Anderton, as Tom Cruise's likeness couldn't be licensed.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jessica Capshaw (Spielberg's stepdaughter) has a small role as the Precrime pilot during the spider sequence; she went on to become a regular on The Practice (44 eps) and Grey's Anatomy (140+ eps).
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Really the only problem with precrime is the fact that Director Burgess murdered Anne Lively instead of taking it the courts and leaving it in their hands if the woman should be given her daughter back. Outside of a complicated coverup to murder Lively and the questionable treatment of the precogs, precrime really does work - the problem with the system in the film is actually the Disproportionate Retribution of denying the suspects a trial and the possibility of parole.
    • There is also the issue of just how rare minority reports actually are. Iris states that a Pre-crime suspect might have a possible alternate future in which they do not commit their ascribed murder, but adds that this happens only "every once in a while," and as Lamar points out towards the end of the film, the comparative rarity of that — even when combined with the Powered by a Forsaken Child treatment of the Precogs — is simply not relevant when weighed against the much, much more common occurrence of soon-to-be murderers who have no alternate futures and so are guaranteed to successfully murder their victims if Pre-crime doesn't intervene first. So, really, which is the smarter reaction: restructuring Pre-crime so that the police simply don't pursue a murder suspect when and if they're shown to have a possible alternate future? Or, as they do in the film, shutting the entire system down just because of a relatively small number of false positives?
  • The Woobie: The three Precogs. They were born to Fantastic Drug addicts and spent all of their lives having nightmares about murders. Then, people started to get wind of this and whisked them off and did unmentioned (but implied to be nasty) things to them. Then the Precog system was set up, which meant that they were forced to spend years and years lying in a drugged stupor in a pool, watching endless future murders. Oh, and the one time we hear about one of the parents trying to save her child from that, she's murdered. And said child is forced to watch her own mother's death and then watch as everyone ignores it.

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