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A man 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.
The Adjustment Boreau, more like.
Maybe a bit harsh but I couldn't think of a play on the title that could allow me to use the word 'mediocre'. Will accept suggestions and steal them for future usage.
There are only two REALLY good things about The Adjustment Bureau. The first 20 minutes or so are great. I really enjoyed the montage of clips detailing Matt Damon's political travails and the setting up of the story in general. I thought this was really done and that they were about to set up a film that would turn out to be pretty great overall. That never happened.
There's also Damon and Emily Blunt. Singularly I really, really like them…
Heavy-handed, clumsy and full of clichés, George Nolfi's adaptation of Philip K. Dicks short story is a wholly underwhelming experience. Having not read the original take it is hard to know for sure but given the author's penchant for the more sinister, darker side of human nature, you can imagine the tone and more importantly, the complexity, was nowhere approaching this kind of tripe.
The idea behind the story is a good one, that we may not be the masters of our own destiny after all, our free will restricted by unseen forces who plan our predestined routes through life. If we were to challenge the paths set out for us, then what would be the changes or consequences caused…
The high-concept plot of The Adjustment Bureau isn't the most alluring thing in the film. It's an interesting science fiction thriller that's actually dominated by a romance that convinces from its very inception. Starring Matt Damon, (for once not breaking other people's limbs and playing the hardman) this sees a chance encounter with a beautiful woman and a passionate kiss that will change his life forever. If you believe in falling in love instantly then you will invest in this film, and with Emily Blunt playing the object of Damon's affection with a coy playful sexiness, it's hard not to become emotionally involved.
Damon plays a young congressman whose life is being controlled (just like everyone else's) by The Adjustment…
This is how the film was sold to me on my TV Guide... "Thriller (2011). A politician is attracted to a dancer he meets at a pivotal moment in his life, but finds his every effort to get to know her is thwarted by a group of mysterious men. He realises these shadowy figures are manipulating him and moving him toward a predetermined fate, which he resolves to fight. Sci-fi thriller, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt."
Can you see how I may have expected more from this movie? This was nothing more than a Sunday afternoon romance film with an extremely cheesy sci-fi element to it - and an element that I found almost impossible to buy into at…
Typically films with high concept plots get by on the hook of the concept alone yet despite The Adjustment Bureau having a compelling conceit it is actually the chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt that not only draws you in but provides the whole momentum for the movie. And this chemistry is crucial because you have to buy into their instant love for each other and for the most part you do. The Adjustment Bureau elements are neatly handled and pleasingly efficient (they could have so easily dominated the entire film but the central relationship is given time to breathe and develop). The supporting cast are solid but that is to be expected when you cast the likes of…
I liked the premise here just not the execution. The story needed to be tighter, the characters accepted strange things too easily, and it needed more details. It felt too loose if that makes sense.
There were things to like. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt had good chemistry, the concept was interesting, and their characters were likable. The filmmakers just failed at successfully making it all work together in my opinion. With a little more attention to detail this could have been an excellent Sci Fi film. Instead it's watchable but pretty average overall.
This is a nice romantic (very romantic) sort of sci-fi with a touch of religiousness movie. All about written destiny and the damned free will.
I confess I was expecting to see Morgan Freeman somewhere along the movie, and I wont spoil....
Since it is a mainstream movie with a mainstream cast things are not very heavily handled nor they get too deep. At the same time it goes back to some Shakespearean love, based on only one meeting! The final section is a little bit abrupt but it goes down the usual path, life finds it's way!
Good, almost great. Starts off wonderfully with an awesome premise and fantastic opening act but really stumbles in the middle and just barely sticks the landing by the end.
The Adjustment Bureau had me hooked immediately with its cast of likable characters and fun pacing. Within the first five to ten minutes I was already having a blast watching the unsurprisingly lovable Matt Damon and I was waiting with bated breath to see where the inventive plot would be taking him. I absolutely love the central idea here, seeing as it's based off a Philip K. Dick story that's no surprise, and the first act has tons of fun exploring it. On top of that you've got some awesome supporting…
I want to like this movie more than I do. Ultimately, the 'twisty' plot isn't all that twisty once the central conceit is revealed. The fantastic cast is somewhat squandered and every performance feels bored and disinterested.
Put off watching this for quite some time and I'm not entirely sure why. It's a good high concept Sci-Fi with two great central performances from Matt Damon and the always wonderful Emily Blunt. The chemistry between the two of them is really why the film works as well as it does - they make everything that happens utterly believable at all times. Worth a watch.
This only made me miss Jon Stewart even more badly.
i can't believe emily blunt invented free will
Was anyone else distracted by Emily Blunt's accent in this? She's meant to be keeping her English accent in this, but I swear sometimes she goes American.
I really liked this movie. It feels more like a guilty pleasure than an actual reverence for the story, but it's a fun and original movie that hits all the righ beats for me. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have amazing chemistry in this movie. I would love to see more movies like this. Feels like a love story within The Matrix
When most people see renowned author Phillip K. Dick's name attached to a movie, the presumption is that trippy science fiction is soon to follow. His adapted works have turned into big-time hits like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, along with other features like Paycheck, Imposter, A Scanner Darkly, and Next. When you think of those films, you very likely envision apocalyptic or very unique, mind-bending visions of the not-too-distant future and how man's primal instinct to survive and have a place in society interacts with that setting.
Two of the last things that likely come to mind are non-violence and romance, which right away put the new release, The Adjustment Bureau, into a transcendent new category for…
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