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.
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.
An enjoyable if somewhat lightweight Sci-Fi/Thriller/Romance. The basic concept is fun if somewhat lacking in detail.
The chemistry between Blunt and Damon works really well and while the action isn't as intense as I'd expected, it is always a positive for me when they try to keep it believable.
While this is nothing particularly special, it is fun and involving. Definitely a good film for a night in.
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, The Adjustment Bureau does not dig too deep with its subject matter. More focusing on the romantic angle rather than the intriguing sci-fi/religous elements, it is still nonetheless an enjoyable ride, just do not go in expecting explanations or philosophical insights.
This was much like watching Snooker.
An intelligent form of boredom.
Loved the doors and the hats. Classic example of what Tim Peter's gorgeous infographic calls "conspiracy gothic":
"The hero, who suffers from loneliness and malaise, notices an uncanny rip in the fabric of his reality. He investigates the rip and suspects that his world is an artificial construction and that he is trapped and/or a prisoner. He is pursued by antagonistic agents. A female love interest passes through the hero’s prison-world. She is from the real world and wants to help free him, but she too is resisted by the agents. The hero tries to reach the woman and her real world, but is repelled by the agents and by the barriers of his prison. He suffers a crisis. The…
A surprising little gem of a sci-fi romance thriller, found idly browsing through LoveFilm Instant.
Finally, we have a couple in a movie, who met by accident, found they had good chemistry, went out on a couple of dates, had an adult conversation and decided that they were better together than apart and maybe they should try it out and see where it leads. And it leads them both right into trouble.
Contrary to the usual movie-romance bullshit, The Fates, quite literally, have decreed that David (Damon) and Elise (Blunt) shouldn't get together. They are both significant parts of "the plan" and said plan requires that they meet only once. In a city as populous as New York, you'd think…
This one is a fast, stylized journey of a man torn between destiny and self, in the process running into a group called The Adjustment Bureau, a group that controls the world and fate. Not really amazing, the only thing that’s there in the movie is Matt Daemon. Otherwise, it falls pretty flat, and there are numerous points where you simply can’t help but question the plot. Execution is a mixture of good and horrible, with only a few specks of brilliant. Overall, overrated.
My Friday nights usually consists of either sleeping around and movie picks. I'm so glad this was part of On Demand and I decided to watch it.
I had little knowledge about it, then I've read great reviews but didn't really bother checking it out. Thank God I did now. It was such a cool concept! I love how New York was the setting and that two of my favorite actors are in it, well actually 3 (Anthony Mackie is great). I didn't get bored, I was hooked and always looking for answers. I loved Matt Damon & Emily Blunt's charismatic pairing. Definitely sparked my interest about the whole "ACCORDING TO PLAN" thing that humans go through. LOVED THIS MOVIE!
This movie looked like it was going to be really cool. And then some smug men wearing hats had a little non-expository meeting on the top of a building "think this is going to work?" "it's got to".
Then there was magic. And then there were theological themes. It got really boring.
It's a good movie. The main idea of the history is very good, but I think the romance in it was not so appropriate.
EaSy going sci fi fluff...been said loads of times before but its Inception light.....fun though
Smart sci-fi* romance.
*Reluctant to call this sci-fi because it isn't really but fantasy doesn't seem appropriate either.
Love the idea of this film. Actually found some laughs in it as well. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt act well together.
Great film, neat idea, well-written and nicely performed. The fact that I watched most of this at 4am while trying to get my 10 month old son to go back to sleep may have clouded my judgement (I couldn't face anymore In the Night Garden - Iggle Piggle haunts my dreams). But overall this was really good. Even Terence Stamp does alright in it!