or, dramas with sci fi elements in lowkey, futuristic and unique ways that i really like
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.
Loosely adapted from PK Dick story called "Adjustment Team" which is a cold-war thriller about mundane reality as a cover for something more sinister. This movie has a more Arthur C. Clarke approach with the mythos of the adjustment team and inserts a love story across time that is being obstructed by the adjustment bureau. The story is somewhat alright but the direction is a little rough in places so the love story that makes up most of the narrative feels a little forced.
The Adjustment Bureau is a sci-fi/romance/thriller starring Matt Damon (did you just read that in the voice from Team America too?) And Emily Blunt. Damon is a politician who seems to be constantly seeking re-election as opposed to doing any actual politics. The film isn't really about that but it does bother me slightly that everyone says how great he is but give no indication of what he has achieved, whereas you actually see Emily Blunt's character dancing and she seems (at least to a layman) to be really good at it. Anyway, he gives the speech of his life after a chance meeting with Emily Blunt who is hiding in the gents' after being thrown out of a wedding.…
Strong lead performances from Damon and Blunt.
Has that "frustrating" element at every turn, which works well.
Ending not entirely satisfying.
I love a unique thriller. Cheesy at moments, but just give in and accept.
A very enjoyable, well made romance/thriller.
Damon and Blunt have terrific chemistry that fully grounds the film and keeps us invested.
The story is well paced, teasing out details and developments that's never boring and yet feels perfectly natural.
And there's a nice charm and sense of whimsy to it all while being suspenseful and exciting when it needs to be.
It may have been more creative and a greater film as a whole if it had allowed the disturbing concept to darker a darker more daring conclusion.
But we'll never know.
What we have is a very amiable, very good but not great movie that's technically proficient and very well acted.
Sweet little movie about destiny, love and life with a stellar cast, great cinematography and Emily Blunt <3
I literally have no idea why I like this film so much. It really is quite mediocre, but it also has an IT factor that makes it feel so beautiful. Like true love literally overcoming every other obstacle in life. I love it.
A very middle of the road sci-fi romance hybrid. Elements of the film show promise, but it's all a bit too safe for my liking.
The plot is that magic fedora men control all the major decisions in a person's life, and Matt Damon realises this after an incident and sticks it to them by endlessly pursuing Emily Blunt (who can blame him?). The problem with this strange sci-fi twist on an otherwise cut & dry romance film, is that it feels gimmicky.
The romance is fairly clichéd and the sci-fi twist on the proceedings seems too shallow to be as much of a focus as it is. There's a whole lot of exposition on how the magic fedora squad work,…
Damon and Blunt should probably become the modern Tracy and Hepburn. This movie is goofy and slight, but their chemistry in it is just insane.
Last year I saw 29 movies. And I think some of those were even repeats. So to challenge myself this…