Summer Sci-Fi Movies: Minority Report or District 9?

The unprecedented success of the sci-fi thriller ‘District 9,’ produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp, brought about this really interesting comparison from AMC TV between the film and another science fiction movie, ‘Minority Report,’ starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg.

There are some obvious differences — ‘Minority Report’ takes place in a futuristic Washington, D.C., where the Pre-crime police arrest potential murderers who are going to commit crimes, while ‘District 9′ creates institutionalized racism against aliens in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, there are definitely a few similarities worth pointing out:

  • Company Man on the Run: In ‘Minority Report,’ Pre-crime police chief John Anderton (Cruise) goes on the lam after he and his team discover he is pegged as a future murder suspect. After an accident that leads to an alien transformation, Wikus van der Merwe from ‘District 9′ is hunted by his employers.
  • Break-in at Headquarters: Anderton goes back into the workplace to retrieve the memory that accused him of murder. Wikus leads an attack on his former company with alien Christopher to get the chemical that will reverse his transformation.
  • Framed by the Boss: Anderton’s boss, Lamar Burgess, frames him to cover up the one flaw in Pre-Crime’s impeccable history. Wikus’ boss (who doubles as his father-in-law) frames him so he can use his new alien body parts for weapons experiments.

Also of note: both movies were released during the summer and made quite a bit of money. ‘District 9′ grossed $72.8 million in 10 days, while ‘Minority Report’ made $132 million domestically.

Which sci-fi thriller do you prefer? Sound off in the comments below!

Check out the AMC Storymakers interview with Tom Cruise, or watch a video clip from ‘Minority Report’ from the Tom Cruise movie timeline.

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