When I watched Minority Report for the first time back in 2002, I absolutely loved it. It was a fast-paced, gritty, dystopian vision where freedom of choice is usurped by pre-cognitive children of drug addicts and future cops who use those visions as damning evidence.

But as Iā€™ve continued my sci-fi educationā€”specifically reading the work of Philip K. Dickā€”the film began to feel weird. When watching movies like Total Recall (with Arnold), Adjustment Bureau, A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner, really any PKD adaptations, a unifying theme emerges. Things are never what they seem. Minority Report, however, feels like itā€™s just another linear action flick, complete with a fairy tale ending. What if thatā€™s not the case at all?

The scene where Anderton is placed into his dream prison, the guard goes, ā€œThey say your life flashes before your eyes, that all your dreams come true.ā€ Huh. Weird since THATā€™S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. He escapes, beats the bad guy, gets the girl, and is also having another child. Itā€™s all a dream from the time Anderton goes under, until the filmā€™s happy ending. When I saw other people had similar ideas about Minority Report after a quick Google inquiry, I knew I was on to something.

Iā€™m not saying this theory is bulletproof. It honestly feels like a stretch when you consider Spielberg as a filmmaker. But whatā€™s great is you can watch Minority Report either way and the movie is still sickeningly entertainingā€”whether a triumph of human will or proving that choice is just an illusion.