Spielberg's 2002 film noir sci-fi flick Minority Report has a familiar plot framework: an old man has created an institution that has produced a prison population; from within that institution comes a figure who learns of the faults of the institution, and in his quest for the truth, he destroys it.
The reader would be excused if he thought the above description were of the recent film Surrogates; that's because it's the same line of Luciferian propaganda: the old man represents God, the institution is religion (or the material prison), and the agent is Satan.
The agent in Minority Report is Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise), who, in the above promotional poster, sports the classic Illuminati one-eyed symbol. It's nearly impossible to keep track these days of all the film posters that have the "one-eyed hero" symbol featured on them. While we've addressed this eye symbol before in numerous posts, the eyes are such a pervasive motif in this film that we'll recap the highlights; the one-eyed false messiah may have origins in the book of Zechariah:
"And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened." (11:15-17)This shepherd we could describe as the anti-shepherd, who leads his flock astray, or the false messiah, antichrist, man of perdition, Lucifer, Satan, et cetera. He is the false shepherd because Jesus Christ is the true and only Shepherd:
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John 10:11)The one-eyed hero, though, probably comes from the Egyptian deity Horus who lost an eye in his battle with Set. There's also the Norse deity Odin, who gave up an eye for wisdom. Here again we find a negative trait described in the Bible, but turned into a positive one in the pagan world.
The film opens with scattered visions of a crime, a murder, then pulls back through an eye--the dominant motif of the film.
This eye belongs to one of three pre-cognitive humans, precogs, lying in a tank within the Precrime headquarters.
These three precogs are the heart of Precrime: they see future crimes, then the police stop the crime before it happens. This of course raises a few issues, the foremost of which would be: how can someone be guilty, and arrested, before committing the crime? This absurd practice of precrime harkens back to the notion of the Orwellian thought crime.
The genesis of the concepts of precrime and thought crimes originate with the notion of "original sin" and the Sermon on the Mount. Original sin means that we are born into a sinful state of being due to the "fall of man" in the Garden of Eden, i.e., we each have a selfish, sinful, nature. It does not mean, as the anti-theists would have you believe, that even babies are condemned to hell for being sinners. But this is where the idea of being guilty prior to committing a crimes comes from.
Secondly, the anti-theists would also have you believe that you are guilty of these "thought crimes" just for thinking about doing something illegal:
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." (Matthew 5: 27-29)In Minority Report, just thinking about committing a murder will get you arrested for murder. Anyone interested in researching the author of the short story the film was based on, Philip K. Dick, a Gnostic, can read about him here.
Also notice the thematic correlation here between the supposed "thought crime" and the missing (plucked out) right eye with Minority Report's one-eyed hero and his Precrime position. This verse is where the anti-theists go to describe God's governance as a Big Brother-like dictatorship.
The crime shown at the start of the film in the vision then shifts to the actual location. We are introduced to this bizarre image of scissors being driven through a picture of Abraham Lincoln's right eye.
This symbol is very instructive as to the themes of the film. Anyone who has read the report on the film The Island knows two pertinent things: 1) that a "lincoln" is a kind of sheep, and 2) that is was President Abraham Lincoln who "set the slaves free." The anti-shepherd of The Island was even named Lincoln.
It's morning here, and as this family gets ready for their day, the son recites Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in preparation for a school presentation.
We notice here that the father and son are dressed identically, both resembling the dress of Lincoln--who the son is presumably dressed like for his class presentation; and it was the son who plucked out the eye of this "founding shepherd" only seconds before.
What we are unconsciously witnessing here is the establishment of the "one-eyed shepherd" theme covered at the start of this report.
Back at Precrime headquarters, Anderton "scrubs" the images coming from the precogs to determine the location.
Just before the murder takes place, the jilted husband says to his cheating wife, "I forgot my glasses. You know how blind I am without them."
Notice the idea of being blind is coupled with the same pair of scissors used by the son to pluck out Lincoln's eyes--the murder weapon. The way the father holds the scissors in his right hand--as though it is coming through his eye--reiterates the earlier scene depicting the scissors coming through Lincoln's right eye.
This symbolic father/son conflict is the major theme of the narrative representing the conflict between God and the devil.
The murder is then prevented by the Precrime unit and the husband is "haloed," or given a given a headpiece that renders him into a submissive state.
We are then shown a montage of news reels explaining for us the history and success of the Precrime unit--this, too, is uncannily similar to the news montage at the start of the film Surrogates.
In the 6 years that Precrime has been in operation, there has not been a single murder. The "Father of Precrime" is Director Lamar Burgess. This man, the "old man" described at the start of this report, is the Gnostic demiurge, or God.
Our hero Anderton, it turns out, has a bit of a drug problem, and has to feign jogging through the sprawl of D.C. for his fix of "Clarity"--a drug also having a visual connotation.
His dealer somehow knows him; he says, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." Right after this "one-eyed king" statement by the blind man, we get a shadowy shot of Anderton's face showing, you guessed it, only one eye--his right eye has been darkened; we understand that the trait of being "one-eyed" is not literal, only a metaphor for being in a state of dishonor, hence the appearance of the symbol while Anderton is buying illegal drugs.
Anderton only uses the drug because he has lost his son Sean. He gets spun on neuroine and watches old holograph videos of his family and pretends he is reliving them.
Some kind of internal conflict like this is standard fare in genre narratives, but also notice at this point how we, the audience, are manipulated into sympathizing with this anti-shepherd hero: he is a cop, ostensibly a "good guy," but he uses illegal drugs, which makes him a "bad guy" of sorts. But wait, he lost his son and the drugs are just a way to deal with that loss. He can be excused, can't he?
The reader my wish to refer to the report on V For Vendetta for an explanation on how an issue is confused before re-aligning your loyalties.
A problem arises when Danny Witwer arrives to investigate the Precrime program. Here they have a brief discussion on free will versus determinism.
Now this debate between free will versus determinism may seem a bit muddled here, but it actually isn't due to the fact that Luciferians have no objective standard and basically believe whatever serves their purposes at the moment. In one moment they will argue against free will to extricate themselves from original sin, then--as in this film--they will argue for free will to allow for the freedom to extricate oneself from original sin and subsequent punishment. Either way, the propaganda is to make the viewer believe that one can overcome sin oneself--self salvation, or, in other terms, there is no need for a savior.
Later in the film, the viewer will wonder if the mere accusation is a self-fulfilling prophecy--i.e., the idea of being born into sin makes you a sinner--or if we have the power to change our destiny.
There is an interesting exchange in the hold of the trinity of precogs that gives us a clear indication as to the religiosity of this Precrime institution:
Witwer: "In a way they give is hope. Hope of the existence of the divine. I find it interesting that some people have begun to deify the precogs."
Anderton: "Precogs are pattern recognition filters, that's all."
Witwer: "Yet you call this room 'The Temple'."
Anderton: "It's just a nickname."
Witwer: "The oracle is where the power is anyway. The power has always been with the priests, even if they had to invent the oracle."
Anderton then gets slightly annoyed with his colleagues for agreeing with Witwer. One of his men says, "Come on, Chief. The way we work... changing destiny and all. We're more like clergy than cops."
There can be no mistake at this point that the institution of Precrime represents religion/God/Christianity (or someone's interpretation of such). We also notice that Anderton is the only one who fails to recognize this fact.
Following this exchange, Witwer tells Anderton, "I spent three years at Fuller Seminary before I became a cop."
Before leaving the Temple, one of the precogs lunges out from the water and grabs Anderton's arm. The precog Agatha asks him, "Can you see?" What he is shown is a vision of the murder of Ann Lively. It is Anderton's looking into this matter that causes his problems later in the story.
Anderton then visits the Department of Containment to further investigate this vision. Within the Department of Containment we find a man playing an organ, an instrument normally associated with churches, being played by a man named Gideon--a Biblical name, but most commonly known for the group that distributes Bibles, The Gideons.
This Department, we learn, is basically the Gnostic prison. These captives are all guilty of precrimes, meaning they didn't actually do anything wrong.
At this point Precrime only exists in the Washington D.C. area, but Burgess hopes to take it to the national level soon (expand the kingdom), and for that reason he is concerned about Anderton's side hobby of Clarity. Burgess tells him, "The eyes of the nation are on us."
Burgess and Anderton have a father/son relationship which recalls the father/son symbol at the start of the film: the son plucking out the eyes, or dishonoring the founding father. Though the viewer doesn't know it at this point, Anderton and Burgess are the film's protagonist and antagonist.
Burgess is also the father of Precrime, this is his legacy, but as he admits, it is just as much John Anderton's as well, it was his destiny, in fact. Burgess tells him, "We don't choose the things we believe in, they choose us."
The players here are clear: Lamar Burgess represents the Gnostic version of God, and John Anderton is a bene elohim, or son of God, dishonored and about to "fall from grace."
His fall comes when the precogs envision Anderton committing a murder. He, now wanted for precrime, goes on the run.
Looking for help, Anderton visits Dr. Iris Hineman, the mother of Precrime. She informs us that the precogs are hardly miracles, they are actually the brain damaged children of drug addicts, some of the few that survived. Rather than the deities that people have made them out to be, their gift is more like a "cosmic joke," she says. The precogs are actually haunted by the visions, making their ability more of a curse than a gift.
What Hineman is really telling us is that the Temple/Trinity is a cosmic joke, or curse.
She also informs Anderton about the "minority report": the three precogs do not always concur; oftentimes one of them has an alternate future; however, as Dr. Hineman, says, "The minority reports are destroyed the minute they occur."
She goes on: "For Precrime to function, there can't be any suggestion of fallibility. Who wants a justice system that instills doubt?" If people knew about the minority reports "the system would collapse."
The reader will understand that Hineman's words are actually a veiled critique of Christianity: the prophets are hardly gifted, merely a fluke of nature--brain damaged even; the institution is a fraud, its faults hidden from public view to keep the system afloat.
In order for Anderton to see the minority report for his future, he must kidnap the precog Agatha.
The only problem is that the entire city is cover with retinal scanners which continuously check everyone's eye-dentification. The solution? Well, he must go to an underground surgeon to have his eyes plucked out and exchanged.
After his surgery, the cops do a search of the building. Anderton must hide in an ice bath to defeat the body heat scanners used. Once inside the bath, he actually disappears from the scanner. Then, when one of the eye-scanning spiders checks his eye-dentification, he is cleared.
What this scene symbolically reveals to us is the common rebirth of the hero. He emerges from the icy bath, or tomb, where he was as good as dead according to the body heat scanner, then is cleared through the eye scan--the windows to the soul. Anderton is basically a new man here.
He infiltrates the Precrime unit and kidnaps the precog Agatha.
These two are an interesting pair: the precogs are the children of neuroine addicts who can see the future; Anderton is a neuroine addict who uses it to relive the past with his child.
He takes Agatha to a hacker that will help him retrieve the minority report stored in her mind. When the hacker sees that she is a precog, he kneels and makes the sign of a cross on his chest.
The three precogs, Arthur, Dashiel, and Agatha, were named after detective novelists; Agatha was named after the author Agatha Christie. The name "christie" is obviously a Christian name derived from the root Christ.
Inside a shopping center we come across this advertisement--very briefly. The caption for this ostensible sunglasses ad reads, "See what others don't." As the word seeing can also refer to being aware or having knowledge or understanding of something, we would consider this a tacit admission to a deliberate hidden message in the film. The weird character in the ad has the eyes to see similar to the hero in the film They Live.
Anderton eventually ends up where he was seen to end up--the room where the murder will take place. On the bed he finds pictures of his son.
When Leo Crow, the man that Anderton is supposed to kill, enters the room, he admits to having killed Anderton's son Sean.
But as much as Anderton would like to, he does not kill Crow. Oddly enough, Crow becomes dismayed at this; he says, "You're not going to kill me? If you don't go through with this my family gets nothing. He said you would."
"He" is of course Director of Precrime Lamar Burgess. Not only is his system corrupt, but so is he. He had Anderton set up, falsely accused.
When Agent Witwer discovers that someone high up in Precrime got away with the murder of Ann Lively, Burgess kills him.
The point? In Gnostic cosmology there are two gods, a good one and a bad one. Jehovah, the God if the Bible is the bad one, the one who enslaves us in the material prison. Satan, or Lucifer or whatever, is actually the good one, the one who brings gnosis--he is only perceived as the bad one because the church has demonized him, in other words, he has been falsely accused, or set up.
Anyone who understands this understands the propaganda of films like this.
Anderton is soon captured, haloed, and imprisoned. The religious symbolism here too is unmistakable.
Andeton's wife later arranges his escape and Burgess is publicly exposed as a murderer. There is a confrontation on the rooftop, and Burgess finds himself trapped in a dilemma: if he kills Anderton as the precogs envisioned he would, he proves Precrime works but himself becomes a murderer. If he chooses not to kill Anderton, then he exposes Precrime as a fallible system. Either way, he loses.
What he does choose is to kill himself. Dying, Burgess falls to his knees pleading with Anderton, "Forgive me, my boy. Forgive me."
This scene in which God begs the devil for forgiveness we have seen before, most notably in the film Daredevil.
In the end Precrime is shut down, and all the prisoners are freed. The Temple is now empty.
The reader will now have to admit that the religious symbolism contained within this film is unmistakable and blatant; the anti-God sub-narrative is cogent if not pedestrian. So it would be a far stretch to consider that such a skilled film maker as Steven Spielberg could have done this accidentally. In light of this, read this except from an interview with Spielberg and decide for yourself if Minority Report is about the Big Brother society or Christianity:
"Science fiction loves to warn. Remember, science fiction's always been the kind of first level alert to think about things to come. It's easier for an audience to take warnings from sci-fi without feeling that we're preaching to them. Every science fiction movie I have ever seen, any one that's worth its weight in celluloid, warns us about things that ultimately come true."