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Oooh, battle of the PKD adaptations! MINORITY REPORT was sensational for the first hour, but the tacked-on happy ending is always Spielberg's undoing. TOTAL RECALL isn't terribly sophisticated, but it IS a lot funnier and consistent. That said: BLADE RUNNER > A SCANNER DARKLY > MINORITY REPORT > TOTAL RECALL is my final ranking.
"Consider that a divohrce." Clincher.
Minority Report was more engaging and unique.
Two PKD story adaptations, both pretty good, but I'll have to go with Total Recall. I've always enjoyed that movie, like most of Verhoeven's movies, even if it isn't a faithful adaptation of the original short story.
Minority Report was more thought provoking.
Minority Report by an inch for me, though Total Recall was pretty impressive too. Spielberg + Cruise + Awesome SFX + Original Plot + Thought Provoking? You've got to be kidding me!
Total Recall it is. Not by a large margin by any means...but enough in my eyes...
Minority Report. Spielberg film will become a classic in time. You'll see.
Total Recall wins every single day of the week.
on May 29
Speaking as someone who has not read either of the Philip K. Dick works on which these films are based, I'm going to have to go purely on which one I enjoy more rather than which one I think is a better Sci-Fi film. While I am a huge Spielberg fan, Minority Report was one of his films which I never really sat down to watch. I only ever caught segments of it, but never viewed it as a full product, thus my impression of it is skewered. In contrast, I have viewed Total Recall on numerous occasions, and I still enjoy it enormously. I'll be willing to give Minority Report another viewing to re-assess it, but for now I have to hand this one to Total Recall.