Minority Report

Minority Report (2002)


Concept featured in film: Ethics of using science technology to send people to jail before they commit murder.

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 3: Clarity; watch for 2 minutes 20 seconds: till you see a man standing in a Park. Then watch Chapter 4: watch for 1 minute 15 seconds till the promo is over and you see John Anderton run through a tunnel.


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Summary of clip: John Anderton, chief of the Precrime Unit of Washington D.C., is "scrubbing the image" looking for clues as to where a murder is going to happen. Fletcher is describing to Danny Witwer, a F.B.I. Agent sent to investigate Precrime, how Precrime works to solve murders before they happen.
The second scene is a promotion describing how Precrime works. They want people to vote yes for the National Precrime Initiative.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: These flickclips are examples of future technologies that identify killers before they commit their crimes. These clips can be used for discussion on the ethics of such technology.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Have students discuss in groups the scenes they just viewed on the concept of ethics behind the Precrime science technology.

2. Have students pull 'pro' or 'con' slips of paper out of a hat and sit on opposite sides of the room.

3. Each half is responsible for defending their side of the debate by coming up with a few paragraphs why Precrime science technology is good or bad. Students get 10-15 minutes to come up with the paragraphs.

4. After students prepare their paragraph statements. Have a student from each side read them aloud.

5. Then have students debate each supporting their respective sides.