Minority Report (12)
+ Presentation from Venki Ramakrishnan
Nobel Prize-winning biologist Sir Venki Ramakrishnan grapples with the philosophical questions raised by Steven Spielberg’s expressionistic adaptation of Philip K Dick at this special screening of Minority Report.
In the year 2054, detective John Anderton (Tom Cruise) works for Precrime, a police unit that arrests murderers before they’ve even committed the crime. But when Anderton is identified as the next target for Precrime, he goes on the run from his own colleagues, while at the same time trying to figure out the identity of his supposed victim.
This has implications on free will and responsibility. Is it possible to predict someone’s thoughts before they have them? Recent advances in neuroscience seem to suggest that might be so. But if that’s the case, is it justifiable to arrest people before they commit a crime?
US 2002 Dir Steven Spielberg 145 min
In partnership with the Barbican.
Venki Ramakrishnan is a Group Leader of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge and President of the Royal Society. He grew up in India where he received his bachelor’s degree in physics before moving to the USA in 1971. On obtaining his Ph.D. in physics in 1976, he switched to molecular biology and after a long career in the USA he moved to Cambridge in 1999 to work at the LMB. He is best known for his work on ribosomes, the large molecules in all cells that read genetic information to make proteins.
Ramakrishnan is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences) and a Foreign Member of the Indian National Science Academy. He received the Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine in 2007 and shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009.