For the last Movie Gadget Friday Josie Fraser checked out the Babel fish The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, for this week's installment she looks at the Pre-Crime Analytical Wing from Minority Report:
Let's not complain that Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Minority Report isn't very good, particularly when it
sits between AI and The Terminal. And lets not be too bitter about the fact that it has little
resemblance to the 1956 Philip K. Dick short of the same name, especially as the next movie to come limping out of the
P.K. Dick adaptation/crippling stable was John Woo's all-time career low Paycheck. Let's be positive and
concentrate on how Minority Report is super rich in gadget-goodness, which means this week's feature has a cluster of
them to feast upon.
The futurist think tank employed by Spielberg to dream up a brave new world came up with some pretty neat ideas, including personalised advertising triggered by casual, public retinal scanning and tracking; swarms of mechanical spiders designed to carry out systematic and thorough police searches; and the MAG-LEV (magnetic levitation) road system which allows vehicles to travel at accident-free high speeds, horizontally as well as vertically, across the city,