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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.
The chemistry between Damon and Blunt holds together what otherwise would have been an overwhelmingly silly film. Love the hats. I kept hoping that Ben Affleck would show up as God, but alas it was not to be.
Decent acting. Poor ending.
Let me put it this way if I had Emily Blunt's number and a bunch of pricks in matching suits took it out of my wallet and burned it in front of me I'd be on a mission too.
There are films like Adjustment Bureau that are built entirely on an interesting concept. This always leads to the movie being sort of gimmicky, and depending on the film either fails because of that or gets past it and becomes a unique experience. The antagonists in AB were pretty cheesy through most of the movie and ultimately it was predictable, so no, I don't think it got past the gimmick. But did I enjoy watching it? Yes. It was a fun movie with a couple of my favorite actors.
It kind of just feels like, why did you make this? Nothing extravagant enough to be considered "vision," just a little run of the mill action with some twist? Then in the end, fate is actually ok? Some interesting concepts that weren't explored enough for me. I love Emily Blunt though
Damon and Blunt are in top form in this great film.
she was really about to marry a guy in a black dress people wear to dances. damn!
Watched this in an idle moment as it popped up on one of the streaming services and I'm a big fan of Emily Blunt and her English action-girl attributes.
She's not so much kick-arse as a delicate flower in this; Matt Damon replicates his phone-it-in tortured, pleasant, anodyne everyman. The whole thing has the flavour of the thirties seen through an eyepiece of the fifties and I suspect it is based on one of the short stories from the Science Fiction of that era; Asimov or Heinlein or someone like that.
It's pleasant enough and competently directed; it's yet another of those films that end up with a "the Universe is love" message.
On Edit: I see that the story is by Phillip K Dick. I suspect it was written during one of the great Californian dope shortages.
I know it might seem naive but this movie made me hope something like this actually exists. And that feeling is what I feel like film is supposed to allow an audience to feel.
A brilliant, thought-provoking blend of romantic thriller and science fiction developed from a simple but very well-conceived idea and with a couple of characters that are so easy to relate to. Even if only loosely based on his story, I guess Philip K. Dick would have been proud.
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