Majority Report takes a while to get up to speed, but even a Tom Cruise skeptic (like me) has to admit this is fine piece of filmmaking.
The story significantly improves on the original short story, keeping Dick’s core ideas (using mutants who can see the future to prevent murder) but developing them through the characters. The biggest change from the short story is also the best: Spielberg makes the pre-cogs into human beings, not just pieces of a philosophical puzzle, just the sort of exercise in empathy that fills Spielberg’s work (though it often goes unappreciated.)
Spielberg directs a better-than-usual performance from Cruise, but it’s supporting cast that dazzles, particularly Samantha Morton as Agatha, Colin Farrell as a theologian-turned-cop, and Daniel London as the sweet-natured pre-cog caretaker.
And the visuals? Spielberg combines carefully chosen camera moves, clear coherent action, and images with striking art house-level beauty effortlessly. He’s a master, period. I’m so jealous.