Adjustment Bureau (2011)
|Academy Award® nominee Matt Damon (The Bourne trilogy) stars in this action thriller about a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved (Emily Blunt: The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada). Based on a story by the legendary Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report and Blade Runner), The Adjustment Bureau is “entertaining and thought-provoking”. — Katey Rich, CINEMABLEND.COM|
"easily one of the best American love stories of the past year. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller. Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteThe budding romance between a rising U.S. congressman and a gifted ballet dancer is unexpectedly complicated by otherworldly forces seeking to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of reality in this high-concept sci-fi thriller based on a story by famed author Philip K. Dick. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising New York congressmen whose everyman charisma has earned him a loyal following among locals. One night, after suffering a crushing political defeat, David is rehearsing his concession speech in a hotel bathroom when out of a stall wanders Elise (Emily Blunt), who was hiding out from security guards after crashing a wedding. The chemistry between David and Elise is instant and electric. But as fast as she appeared, Elise has vanished, leaving David to wonder if he will ever see her again. A few days later, as if by chance, David is boarding a bus for work when he spots Elise in a window seat. Though he manages to get her number this time, David is terrified when he arrives at his new job and discovers a mysterious group of men performing an unusual procedure on his paralyzed co-workers. Informed by the imposing and sharp-dressed Richardson (John Slattery) that he has just seen behind a curtain that few will ever know even exists, David agrees never to tell anyone of their encounter or talk to Elise again lest his entire memory be completely erased. But three years later, when David spots Elise walking down the street from the window of a city bus, he can't resist the urge to rekindle their romance. Unfortunately for the two young lovers, the mysterious agents at the Adjustment Bureau are determined to keep them apart at all costs in order to ensure there is no deviation from the master plan drawn up by "The Chairman" for the future of all humankind.
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Adjustment Bureau is a sci-fi thriller9/5/2011
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt work well together in this movie. The screenplay is derived from a Philip K. Dick short story, “The Adjustment Team.” I saw the movie before I read the story, and they are different in significant ways. So, if you’ve read the story, you might still want to watch the movie. The way the movie begins, you might think it is merely a political thriller, but it is more. At the center, it is a romance, and the attempt of the two main characters to choose their own fate against cosmic odds. The Adjustment Bureau agents try to prevent the couple from ending up together, in order to maintain some sort of cosmic equilibrium. So, it’s a story about trying to take your fate into your own hands, to choose your life, your destiny. There is a lot of suspense. It moves at a good quick pace. Some questions never get answered, such as what the Adjustment Bureau really is, and who The Chairman is. Is he “God”? Are the agents “angels” in suits? (Their hats are important elements in the suspense, so there is some slight humor.) In the end, it doesn’t matter if some questions remain unanswered, because the story is good as it is. It is entertaining and thought-provoking.