Minority Report (2002)

Episode 120 (June 28, 2024)

Has there ever been a movie better at predicting (hey!) the future? Swiping, pinching to zoom, targeted ads that follow you everywhere, optical identification, and constant facial surveillance? Hey, it’s like we’re living in some sort of Philip K. Dick nightmare! But it wouldn’t be so bad if life could be as fun as the movie Minority Report, Spielberg’s first of two collaborations with Tom Cruise.

This was supposed to be a Jurassic Park-level blockbuster. Instead, it was merely a solid hit. And it’s very well-liked, but Load Bearing Beams is here to tell you it’s one of the best movies in Steve’s entire career!

Time stamps:
6:02 — Our personal histories with Minority Report
14:08 — History segment: Philip K. Dick and his short story “The Minority Report”; Spielberg’s ill-fated attempt to launch a new studio—Dreamworks—in the late ‘90s; development and production of Minority Report
34:44 — In-depth movie discussion
1:59:28 — Final thoughts and star ratings
2:04:48 — Outro music: Matt’s acoustic demo for “Dino Lab”

Artwork by Laci Roth.

Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC).


Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode: 

“Summer of Spielberg” – https://youtu.be/yglAqqLEaoI 

“Winston-Salem” – https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM

“Snake Drama” – https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg

“The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” – https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ

“Summer of Spielberg” theme song credits:

Words and music written by Matt Stokes

Performed by Wade Hymel (drums/guitar), Laci Roth (vocals), and Matt Stokes (vocals/guitar/bass)

Produced by TJ Barends, Wade Hymel, and Matt Stokes

Engineered and mixed by TJ Barends at Bare Sounds Studio in Ponchatoula, Louisiana


The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole LaPorte – https://amzn.to/3XGCD2V