These are the movies I saw in a movie theater at some point in my life.
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.
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…
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…
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.
I enjoyed this so much, it criss-crosses many genres in one film but manages to stay on track. And although the sky is not black & cinder filled etc. the dystopia is there and two very good actors have a romance to fight against it. Nice work .
*fedora tipping intensifies*
If number of times watched is any indication, The Adjustment Bureau must be one of my all-time favorites. I have no idea why, but its a compelling story every time.
Ah, the film that made me fall in love with Emily Blunt.
Sadly it's not more memorable, given the great cast and great source material (a Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team"), but the high-concept movie plays out with the classic action paces after an initially promising start. Perhaps it could have used more adjustment.
I see Matt Damon, but I always think of him as Jason Bourne. So in The Adjustment Bureau, Bourne has just unsuccessfully run for a Senate seat, and he meets Elise. Bourne's and Emily Blunt's chemistry together is good, but the rest of the cast falls face first. They deliver their lines with such deadpan you would think you were watching a bad 80s comedy. However, the plot of the film had me invested, and almost willing to throw the poor acting aside. Do you believe in free will, or are we all on a predetermined path that cannot be changed? Find out in The Bourne Adjustment.
I kinda felt like this was a really good Hallmark movie with a high budget. I don't know if they were trying to push a religious ideal or push the idea that religion is stupid and you can 'make your own destiny'. Either way, this was an interesting idea. Obviously not really presented in the best way (this could have been a cool movie). But all negativity aside, I really liked Emily Blunt and Matt Damon. They have surprisingly good chemistry and I wish we could have more of them playing love interests in other movies. I felt Damon could have done a lot better, and I mean that by saying the script really limited him. He did do a…
A fun, non-stop ride with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
This movie is about angles who disagrees on OTPs. It believes that an omniscient power who thinks that a single man who uses politics to fill the void left by his dead family is more electable than an alpha male married to an alpha female. It also makes Emily Blunt the only female major character in a movie full of dudes, which she'll be in the next half decade. It's also catered to idiots who believe that the Middle Ages and the World Wars are abnormalities as opposed to ripples of the same time line. But at least it has hats, dancing, and the greatest onscreen couple this decade who might never work with each other again, and that's totally ok.
I've always liked Emily Blunt, but it wasn't until I saw Edge of Tomorrow that I fell completely, madly in…