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The Adjustment Bureau
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 00:00

The Adjustment BureauThe Adjustment Bureau is one-part Matrix, one-part Notebook, with a dash of Mad Men thrown in for style. It’s a modern day sci-fi romance and if this sounds like an eclectic mix, it truly is. After an intriguing preview that had me drooling for more, I have to say the overall film left me wanting for something a bit more enlightening.

Matt Damon stars as David Norris, a young politician taking New York by storm in a race for the Senate. As fate would have it he doesn’t win the election, but he does meet a beautiful woman named Elise (Emily Blunt) with whom he has an instant connection. Chance encounters keep throwing them together and he is smitten without even knowing her full name. But then David sees behind the scenes to the inner workings of our lives and discovers that Damon and Bluntnothing is truly left up to chance. A team called the Adjustment Bureau is pulling the strings behind the scenes and leading the lives of humans to the fates that have been written for them by “The Chairman”.

It’s an interesting concept, likening God and his angels to a Donald Trump sitting in his golden high-rise, with his businessmen attendants in fedora’s and dress coats. It’s not as silly as it sounds, and really this movie is about the power of attraction between two people. David and Elise are willing to do anything to be together, even if it means defying God, giving up their dreams and breaking all the rules.

Damon fights the bureauI had high hopes for this film, which has a slick style and nice cinematography, but doesn’t quite achieve the emotional impact I was hoping for. The plot is a bit slow moving and surprisingly predictable. There was a lot of potential for a cool and interesting movie that could have pushed some boundaries and been really thought provoking, but I think the filmmakers were afraid to stray beyond the action-thriller style.


Directed by George Nolfi, Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick titled Adjustment Team.