In the movie “Minority Report”, serious crime is virtually eliminated by the year 2054 A.D. However, society as a whole is sill not perfect because several people’s inalienable rights have been removed from their livelihood. Despite that fact, “Minority Report” is a depiction of what life would look like if “Kant’s Moral Philosophy” was applied to the government of the future. Based on the scenic elements in the movie “Minority Report” an individual can surmise
that this movie was constructed on the basis of Immanuel Kant’s “The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals”.
According to LM.D.B., “The future is seen and the guilty punished before the crime has ever been committed” (1.M.D.B.). This fact causes some issues, because individuals are being placed into criminal punishment programs well before any crime has heen committed, Therefore, people are inherently innocent hefare acting upon their negative impulses. The entire basis of “Precrime” shares some direct similarities with “The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals”.
For instance, Kant stated “That there must be such a philosophy is evident from the
‘common idea of duty and af moral laws.” The moral law must “carry with it absolute necessity” (Kant). Society rmust create a moral basis in order to sustain itself and suppor the individuals that construct society. In “Minority Report, the dystopian society that is in the movie is forced to keep a non-violent disposition and stray away from primitive and vengeful behavior. This method of thinking worked for a while, but the social system in “Minority Report” still had flaws.
For example, “Pre-Crime Chief, John Anderton” whole heartedly supported the “Justice Department” and he was still accused of a murder that he did not commit. Kant also talks about how humans are good at deceiving themselves when it comes to their actions. This section of Kant’s theory also relates to the mavie “Minority Report” on several occasions. John Anderton believed that he would never kill anyone out of “cold blood”, However, John did have to question his own morality due to his uncertainty about the matter.
When watching the film “Minority Repon”, one might notice several issues and concepts, surrounding morality and personal intent. This movie also heavily relates to Immanuel Kant’s theories in “The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals” because of the moral standards surrounding the society in the movie. Essentially, the film “Minority Report” was a visual representation of Kant’s theories and ideas. However, the setting for this movie only occurred in one dystopian society. This means that the audiences view was directed towards Kant’s form of, philosophy.