Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in this sci-fi thriller set in 2054. Anderton works for “Precrime,” a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed crime. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as the future killer of a man he’s never met, he is forced to become a fugitive from his own colleagues as he tries to uncover the the victim-to-be’s identity. When he kidnaps Agatha (Samantha Morton), one of the precogs, he begins to formulate a theory about a possible frame-up from within his own department. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Co-starring Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Neal McDonough.
I thought when I read it and then read the short story it had great potential--very cinematic. I thought, “Oh, man I’d love to see what [he’d do] with this. What would this world be like? What will he create with that?” It was a film that for a director was very challenging. You’re creating this world, and yet it has great characters for an actor, for performance…it’s not a walk-in-the-park kind of film to make. Spielberg knows how to tell a story. It was his choice to [set] it in 2054 and make it so that people could identify with it--not this removed world, but relevant to our lives. You can see how the guy can just really tell a story.