Review: The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Date Read: February 16 to 18, 2013
Read Count: 2

In the future, there exists a world in which there’s no violence as all violent acts are foreseen and stopped before they occur. But what if you are accused of killing a person you’ve never met for reasons you don’t even know? None of this has happened yet, so there’s still time to change the course of the future. How would you fight a system you thought was infallible?

While I like the writing and find the idea of a dystopic future where precognition is so reliable that it’s used as crime prevention vastly interesting, I don’t find this story believable mostly because I can’t buy into the idea of precognition as reliable; even cognition (as we know it) suffers from reliability problems. So when things start to unravel for John Anderton, which is the whole point of this story, that precognition is fallible, I had already predicted (ha ha) that there’s a conspiracy behind it all and that Anderton is just a means to an end. I do like the world Philip K. Dick built though, but there’s just one too many holes in the narrative to keep me from being fully immersed in the story.

I saw the movie right after finishing the book and found it disappointing because Tom Cruise always disappoints. But Tom Cruise in sci-fi? Even more disappointing than usual.


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