I like Tom Cruise.
Not because I think he is a good actor, I am not sure that I know what constitutes good a bad actor, but because he is a very physical actor and he makes good action movies. The Mission Impossibles are an awesome set of movies. He and Will Smith are guaranteed to run in EVERY movie they are in. I was not expecting to see Will running in Pursuit of Happyness, but dammit if he did not find a scene to explode into an emotion filled gallop. Hell, one of the main shots for the 7 Pounds trailer is him running in the rain.
But I digress...
In 2002 Minority Report was released, and Tom Cruise was the star. Yet again, Tom used his athleticism to make an action packed movie. But it is not the action of the movie that caught my attention, it was the premise.
Imagine living in a world where you could get in trouble for the things that you were going to to do, and not for the things that you have done. In the movie, this idea only applies to murders, but what if these rules were applied to EVERYTHING bad you did. What if the cops knew you were going to rob a bank before you did? What if your significant other knew you were going to cheat before you actually did it? What if your teacher knew you were going to plagiarize before you did it?
In my personal opinion I do not think it is very fair for someone to get into trouble for what they were thinking about doing. Just because the thought of chopping your boss' head off crossed your mind does not mean you were actually going to go through with it. Personally I think this is unfair to people who frequently have morbid thought, but never go through with them.
Here's something else to think about....
What if this were a service that could be bought? How bad would that suck? You girl/boyfriend could know in advance when you were going to break up with them, so they would do it before you had a chance to. Your friend knew you were going to eat the last slice of pizza so he beat you to it. That unattractive chick/dude at the club knew the only way you would sleep with him/her is if you were drunk so they bought you a bunch of drinks, and now you are waking up with a hangover trying to figure out why you are naked laying next to a Freddy Kruger look alike.
As you can see, there are many things that could go wrong if we develop the ability to see into the future.
Not only could you end up fire from your job or in jail...you could end up on the bad end of someone's diabolical plot to get in your pants.