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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.
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A congress man in the bathroom practising his speech...a girl who is hidden there: love at first sight. A kiss, they fall in love, and then appears a bureau of men controling each ones destiny.
It could be interesting, but there are a lot of plot holes in this bureau. Someone who controls people's plans must be perfect, like God, but in fact they are just men failing in their job. And how convenient Frank being so sensitive and help Dave with Elise. What is this? Snow White kiss spell? To easy for me, too unrealistic, but worth the try. At some point it was entertaining.
Ballerina Emily Blunt is the reason cinema was invented.
Liked it more than I expected! Funny moments more plentiful than I thought too. A little fairy-taley but that's better than shitty sci-fi.
A fun and interesting watch that doesn't live up to it's intriguing premise.
I feel like Matt Damon, and his buddy Ben Affleck, have been scamming the public for twenty years now. Time after time I find myself watching what they put out and I have absolutely no idea why. The work is rarely above mediocre. I'm not moved by it. It isn't inspiring. It never captures my imagination or fills my head with new thoughts. And I've never been compelled to watch anything they've made more than once. What the fuck am I doing here? I reckon there are a couple of exceptions. But there are probably six or seven years in between them. Bourne? Gone Baby Gone?
Adjustment bureau is a scifi romance that throws Damon and Blunt into a world without free will.
Destinies controlled by the bureau's men in hats, the couple long to be together knowing that its not supposed to be.
The film starts fast paced and sets a beautiful intro in what could be a spectacular adaptation of Phillip K Dicks short story. Even though the film fizzles out at the end and aspects of the story lack depth and explanation, the blunt/damon pairing is a fine piece of chemistry. The two bounce dialect like they were meant to be together and help the film reach that little bit higher.
Overall a good idea well portayed by some excellent acting and visuals but lacking key factors of a story that had so much potential. Definately worth a watch if your a fan of Damons work and like the neat blending of genres.
Beautiful cinematography, excellent acting and chemistry between the leads, fascinating story....this film is near perfect.
Matt Damon uses "Are you a registered voter in the New York area?" as a chat-up line on Emily Blunt and it goddamn works. Never mind all the religious conspiracy hat nonsense, that's the bit of The Adjustment Bureau that really makes me ask questions and think.
Never has anyone looked so good while running as the people in this film.
So, I think I would like this film a lot less if it weren't for the performances of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. As a science fiction or thriller it's pretty weak, but pleasant to watch. Definitely very cliched too. New York looks great and the music is very fitting.
Edit: The music was phenomenal.
Rules of thumb for identification: blond guy and his brunette best friend demonstrating subtle homoeroticism, Boston movie that's not about…