Minority Report

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:343
  1. Fionnbar Lenihan (, specialist registrar in forensic psychiatry
  1. Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland

    Directed by Steven Spielberg

    On general release

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    For those of us in the business of predicting other people's behaviour, Minority Report is a timely reminder of human fallibility. The intriguing premise of this film is that within a few decades a combination of high tech brain imaging and old fashioned Delphic mysticism will allow fragmentary glimpses of future murders to be harvested from the uneasy dreams of a trio of drugged psychics.

    This future society chooses to use the power of this precognitive technology to pursue the laudable goal of preventing murder. …

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