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Star Movies' big one this March is 'Minority Report'

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MUMBAI: While the issue about it being number one is often challenged by competitors, Star Movies is definitely on a roll this year. With the Oscar ceremony already done with, the channel is ready with the big announcement of this month.



The channel will premiere the Tom Cruise starrer Minority Report on 5 March at 9:00 pm. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie also stars Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.



The science-fiction thriller is based on a short story by renowned writer Philip K Dick. It is a futuristic story set in the year 2054, in Washington, DC about the murder that has been eliminated thanks to Precrime. Precime is a program that uses the visions of three psychics, called Precogs (an abbreviation for precognitive thinkers), to arrest and imprison would-be murderers before they have a chance to kill.



Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, a Precrime enforcer who believes in the system for his own personal reasons--years ago, his young son was abducted, and he has dealt with the loss by becoming a high-strung Precrime officer. The director of Precrime (Max von Sydow) is eager to take the program national, and feels threatened by an ambitious federal agent (Colin Farrell) who is bent on finding a flaw in the system. When Anderton finds himself accused of the future murder of a man he's never met, his faith in Precrime is instantly shaken. He goes on the run, and is trailed by the relentless Precrime police. The actor who has movies like Mission Impossible, A Few Good Men and Top Gun, to his credit, delivers a yet another powerful performance.



Just like Spielberg's phenomenal blockbusters like Jurassic Park, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, A.I. Aritficial Intelligence, Men In Black and Schindler's List, the movie expertly mixes thrilling chase and suspense sequences (the best of which involves Anderton being pursued by eye-scanning mechanical spiders) and stunning special effects with a challenging look at society's willingness to sacrifice privacy and the notion of free will for convenience and security. The movie is often touted as a thought-provoking and exciting film that ranks among Spielberg's best.

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