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Minority Report
Steven Spielberg

This is a film navigating ideologies, manipulation and the big question of free will. In a world full of crime, the project PreCrime by a specialized police department in Washington DC seems to offer a convenient solution. “Criminals” are arrested and convicted before commiting the crime they are accused of, based on predictions of psychics called “Precogs”. When an agent of PreCrime is accused of a crime, he sets out to prove his innocence by uncovering a flaw in PreCrime’s system. This flaw would prove that their is always an “alternate path” that doesn’t lead to the predicted crime. The film’s central theme explores the idea of free will versus determinism. How much of our behavior is set in stone?

The film is loosely based on the 1956 short story “The Minority Report” by Philip K. Dick. It is suited for interdisciplinary teaching in classes such as ethics or philosophy.

· · 2002

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Minority Report. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Pictures, 2002. 145 min., FSK 12

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  • Award-winning
  • Democratic and political education
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