Movie: Minority Report...

United States
April 1, 2007 3:16am CST
Have you seen the movie, "Minority Report" starring Tom Cruise? Possible spoilers follow, proceed with caution. In this movie, a method is created which will allow law enforcement officials to stop murder, before it happens. This method allows them to see the murder taking place, some time before it will actually be committed. Police are then able to prevent the murder from taking place and arrest the individual who would have been responsible for the act. This movie, for me, brings up a variety of questions. The movie presents the problems with a system that would likely occur with such a system. It also delves into the ethical issue of arresting someone who hasn't technically commited a crime. Well, I don't want to give away too much of the plot or story, for anyone who hasn't seen it, who might be reading this opening. But, if you have seen the movie, what are your thoughts? Did it give you any ideas? Were you left with any questions? Would this be the kind of system you would approve of being put in place in real life? Or, would you not want to risk the problems, and ethical issues involved with such a system?
2 responses
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
1 Apr 07
First of all, the problem with the movie is Tom Cruise. Secondly, if you prevent a crime - how can you put in prison the person that might have commited it. The only time I would approve of it is if the person is shown to be a seriel killer wanna be. I do think that if you detain a person & prevent the murder from happening, that is a good thing. Then they know you will be watching them, but most murders are not really planned, so if you prevent it from happening - detain the person during the time frame, then release them, you have probably totally prevented the event.
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Apr 07
LOL about the comment regarding Tom Cruise. Thank you for your response. I agree with you, especially considering that most of the people were taken away because they would have committed crimes of passion, rather than crimes of intent. Because of that, I think that they could have just removed them from what was making them so angry, maybe have even given them some sort of therapy, and then those people would have been fine. +
@ram_cv (16515)
• India
1 Apr 07
I think the movie was a brilliant one. For one the mystery of the movie was excellent. For another it raised from real pertinent questions about crime. First of all do you think crime prevention is better than punishment after the crime or not. But, of course, the punishment of putting the potential criminals out of the system was going overboard. I think prevention is always better than cure, but then prevention need not mean that the potential criminals need to be put away. They can simply be dealt with in a better manner and calmed away from the crime. Cheers! Ram
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• United States
1 Apr 07
Thank you for your response. I agree with you, particularly considering that most of the people were arested for crimes of passion. +