It is a dream. To have a world where there are no murders; to have no one die at the hands of another; to feel safe whether in your own home or out and about in the knowledge that you will not become the latest victim of some madman or that the person at the office holding a grudge against you will not hunt you down and slay you in the streets or in your bed at night. That world would be a Utopia…or would it. In The Minority Report that utopia becomes a nightmare as the very man who enforces the law preventing future murders is himself found guilty of the future crime of murder. Only he is innocent. Or is he?

Yes, it is a tangled web that is spun when Philip K. Dick poses the question of is murder really cut and dry? Sure justice should never be carried out without a judge and jury, but does anybody have the right to be the executioner, caring out capital punishment immediately? And can somebody be punished for a crime that they have not yet committed?

The answer is…I don’t know. everything is complicated and every situation has its fine details that blur the lines. But this is the dilemma that John Anderton is faced with.

As the head of Precrime division of the police department, Anderton is responsible for locating and preventing murders that are foreseen by the precogs – a group of three mutant humans that have the ability to see into the future. However, they cannot see everything in the future, they only can see the vicious murder of one person by another as this act is so vicious and awful that it leaves a lasting scar on all of time-space as to be seen by those that have the power to do so. And only the precogs have this power.

A firm believer in precrime and it’s validity, John Anderton‘s faith is tested when he finds himself as the suspect of the future murder of a man he has never met.

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