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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 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…
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…
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.
It's a bit like the Matrix, and it even features the 'are you an angel?' line that I haven't seen in a film since The Phantom Menace.
It's essentially a rom-com, and I think it kind of tries to take it self serious, but then there's the white haired fella from Mad Men who has the power to walk between dimension doors or some shit, as long as he's wearing a trilby.
I'll be honest, I'd rather just live my life than be seen in that hat.
Are they angels? Are they aliens? Was I arsed in the end? Not really.
What was the last good Matt Damon movie that you saw?
I bet this wasn't it.
I'm willing to give him a chance, but its been a long time since I've seen a film where actual acting was required of Damon. However, this does explain why The Last Stand was so dull since they were written by the same person. The sci fi narrative that we were promised was buried under a long winded romance that I didn't care about. People want a clever script with characters that are worth caring about. Its really funny that this was defined as a thriller when most of the time I was looking at my watch. I never noticed a true evolution of…
I love films like this! Thoughtful and unpredictable, I couldn't tell where this story was going. The film raises some interesting questions about free will and destiny. Great performances from all the cast. (12.3.11) (17.5.12).
Blunt and Damon really have a chemistry in this and Blunt especially is fantastic. Even without the sci-fi elements these two could completely carry a romance! (3.8.15)
I love this fucking film! One of my favorite Matt Damon films.
fun little movie, I enjoyed it. must have been hell trying to keep track of all those locations though.
The Adjustment Bureau is a really cool film with an awesome concept and it didn't need action to be awesome.
The Adjustment Bureau relies heavily on the relationship between Matt Damon and Emily Bunt, if the audience doesn't get behind their two characters and their budding relationship the whole film crumbles.
Thankfully both Damon and Bunt are more than up to the task. Without them both, in particular Emily Blunt (totally not bias cause I think she's ridiculously attractive!), this film would be much worse. It's a shame that ultimately their great chemistry cannot paper over the suffocated plot.
There's some really interesting ideas on offer here but The Adjustment Bureau seems to have commitment issues. At a brisk ninety minutes this isn't a film that stays out its welcome which makes it very watchable, but it's disappointingly hollow, and even the wonder Emily Blunt can't save it.
Amazing film. I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense this film delivered.
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