Instead of the clichéd, lame romance and rom-com films, in honor of Valentines Season, here are some of the more…
The Adjustment Bureau
Fight for your fate.
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.
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…
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.
A friend of mine told me that this was one of the absolute worst films she had ever seen. That's high praise.
While it's not the bottom of the barrel by any means, The Adjustment Bureau is pretty fucking boring. A stale, chemistry-free love affair is being tampered with by a bunch of guys in fedoras. No! And that's literally all that happens. I just...what. Not terrible, but entirely forgettable. Which I guess is one of the worst things a movie can be.
Fancy falling asleep with the girl of your dreams not knowing General Zod is at the end of your bed watching you!
Not knowing much about this I thought Damon had uncovered a government plot and his only witness who believes him was his GF (hence the front cover).
What a absolute farce of a cop out plot, I rather watch Sully and Mike (Monsters Inc) get chased through doors.
Probably on a bit of scrap paper it sounded good. 40mins into this and your wondering to turn it off or stick with it (I stuck with it).
It's ok and Damon does a great job as always but it didn't help him win over the audience as I can understand why some people call it mediocre.
Question is, has anyone watched this twice or god forbid.....more?
Director George Nolfi does such a commendable and inspired work on a visual and aesthetical level that it was such a shame that some intrinsic and impossible-to-ignore fantastic/supernatural/heavenly aspects of the world within the film were so weird, off-putting, and at times annoying for me that they ended up ruining my experience. Taking itself too seriously was the main problem of this film, though I’m not sure that had it been otherwise my opinion would be different.
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt did fine jobs in the acting department. In this regard I have no complaints whatsoever about any of the actors, nor about anything not plot-related. I admit I found intriguing at first the big mystery that surrounded the…
Parts are good. Parts are bad.
A lot of the dialogue is pretty bad. But the story isn't that terrible.
I can't tell if it's a negative look at religion or a positive one.
Matt Damon and Blunt were cool. They had good chemistry.
Very good performances from Damon and Blunt in what feels like an underrated sci-fi love story; I've seen this a fair few times and I never fail to enjoy it!
A silly, disjointed mess. Damon and Blunt try hard, but the script is filled with gaping holes and continually brings up semi-interesting metaphysical questions which it doesn't have the wit or the werewithal to actually answer. And the deplorable final scene is pretty much the equivalent of the filmmakers saying 'Hey audience, fuck you!'
I've always been creeped out by white men wearing fedoras and this film only furthers that. Is this the greatest or smartest film ever? no. Is it fun and captivating? You are goddamn right it is. The film holds an interesting premise which is executed well and the lead roles only further this. A good watch.
Starts off really boring, then becomes decent, then gets really interesting, then becomes very engaging, then goes slow and boring again because it stays in one scene for too long then it becomes decent again then the ending for me was a bit boring so its a mixed bag for me so 2 and a half out of 5.
It never occurred to me that this was a rom-com, I feel betrayed.
This movie is what we here in the letterboxd business like to call: 'A Giant Piece of Shit'.
It's replete with convenient plot devices, Matt Damon's embarrassing running form, Matt Damon's bleh acting, Matt Damon's stupid face, a complete mess of a storyline, and an amount of fedoras that would make you think that this 'Adjustment Bureau' is solely comprised of r/atheism subscribers.
"Sci-fi thriller romance" is a surprisingly effective genre. SOURCE CODE also probably fits into this. Can't think of too many others.
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Soldier's Girl
- Blue Valentine
- Play It Again, Sam
- Before Sunrise
- Twelve Monkeys
- A Boy and His Dog
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Adjustment Bureau
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The good and the bad of a world gone wrong.
Likely somewhat subjective, though I've tried to maintain consistency. See…
- Say Anything...
- Castaway on the Moon
- Good Will Hunting
- Love Me If You Dare
Running list of my favorite movies. No rankings - just a hodgepodge of love and awesomeness.