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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…
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.
Fancy falling asleep with the girl of your dreams not knowing General Zod is at the end of your bed watching you!
Not knowing much about this I thought Damon had uncovered a government plot and his only witness who believes him was his GF (hence the front cover).
What a absolute farce of a cop out plot, I rather watch Sully and Mike (Monsters Inc) get chased through doors.
Probably on a bit of scrap paper it sounded good. 40mins into this and your wondering to turn it off or stick with it (I stuck with it).
It's ok and Damon does a great job as always but it didn't help him win over the audience as I can understand why some people call it mediocre.
Question is, has anyone watched this twice or god forbid.....more?
This story found a soft spot in my heart. Great chemistry between Blunt and Damon.
Damon & Blunt have pretty good chemistry, but the script's threadbare treatment of their romance doesn't give them much to work with. On the plus side, I liked the restrained effects work used in the "space jumps" through the doors. Terence Stamp is a natural for a MAD MEN guest spot. This should have been called THE ANGEL IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT. +1 for being less annoying then INCEPTION. 5/10
David Norris (Matt Damon) is looking set to win the New York state election when a scandal breaks and he loses by a landslide. Preparing for his defeat speech he meets ballerina Elise (Emily Blunt) and an instant chemistry if formed. Their meeting seems to change Norris and his deviates from his prepared speech to a more personal and human one which catapult's him back in the polls. Several months later Norris by chance encounters Elise on the bus and the two again connect and this time he gets her number but on arriving at work a serious of strange events occur that indicate there are higher forces at work in the world and Norris is not meant to be…
Good acting, nice effects well told, another fine story by Philip K Dick.
Enjoyed this a lot. The premise and performances made this a more interesting film then I expected.
Phillip K Dick as romance is a new one for me (unless you wished you had 3 hands during Total Recall), and really the whole thing makes very very little sense, but Emily Blunt in particular is fetching, and it's all at least watchable (in a really-dumb-version-of-Dark-City way).
The Adjustment Bureau - 7/10. An intriguing sci-fi concept. Both Damon and Blunt are great as usual. It could have done more though.
Interesting science fiction romance hybrid is bolstered by solid performances and intrigue throughout.
Does my memory need adjusting, or has this been done before? Mildly entertaining nonetheless.
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