Review by Elliott
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Imagine, a world without, murder. 6 years ago, the homicidal rates had reached epidemic proportions. It seemed that only a miracle could stop the blood shed, but instead of 1 miracle, we were given 3, the precognitives. Within 3 months of the precrime program, the homicidal rates in the District of Columbia had reduced 90 percent.
Lamar Burgess: 6 Years in the precrime program, and there hasn’t been a single murder.
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Now, the system can work for you.
Attorney General Nash: We want to make sure that this great system is what will keep us safe will also keep us free.
Two hundred years ago the idea of cloning a living organism was just that; an idea. Today it is a reality and society is no longer dealing with the question, “can we do this”, but rather, “should we do this”. That’s one of those pesky things about science. It can show you how to do all kinds of things. What it can’t do is tell you is whether you should do those things.
Were it not for the recurring dreams that place him on a crowded city street opposite a beautiful and oddly familiar woman, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) would be nothing more than an unassuming drone repair technician. We are told (via Jack’s rather unnecessary narration) that aliens named Scavengers came to Earth to conquer and plunder natural resources. After the “Scavs” destroyed the moon, they invaded Earth which forced humans to react with nuclear strikes. The movie begins fifty years later with the planet largely contaminated and totally abandoned — save for pockets of Scavs looking to disrupt Jack’s work. “We won the war but lost the planet,” he relays in a somber tone. Continue Reading
Review by Gene
Once upon a time, prior to about 9 or 10 years ago, Tom Cruise starred in some pretty substantial dramas. Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men… the list goes on. Tucked in nicely between many of those is this little-known film in which Cruise stars as Joseph Donnelly, an Irish immigrant who came to America to escape the shackles of landlords and find his own land.