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Top Movies of the Decade #56

56. Minority Report

minorityreport The scene that gets me every time I watch “Minority Report” is a fairly minor one.   On the run from the law for a crime he didn’t commit (or hasn’t committed yet,)  Tom Cruise, in “disguise,” stumbles through a mall, and into a GAP.  The digital advertisement on the wall speaks to him.  “Hello, Mr. Yukkamoto, and welcome back to the GAP.   How did those assorted tank tops work out for you?”

Which may be the creepiest question anybody’s been asked in a movie this decade.  “Minority Report” is a great movie not because of its plot or action sequences, but because it takes place in a world so thoroughly imagined that it seems real.  I don’t think since “Blade Runner” has a sci-fi  world ever felt this complete, and convincing.   Steven Spielberg, working from a short story by Philip K. Dick, has created a futuristic vision of a society that has completely abandoned privacy for the sake of security and convenience.  And he’s set a fast-paced, exciting adventure story there.   It’s a fun, chilling, thought-provoking, entertaining joyride, and definitely one of the best action flicks of the decade.

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