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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

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Suburban Neighbor (as Natalie E. Carter)
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U.S. Coast Guard Officer (as Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen)
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Upstate Farmer (as Darrell James LeNormand)
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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
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Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he's ever loved. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself, the men of The Adjustment Bureau, who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path... or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. Written by Universal Pictures

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They stole his future. Now he's taking it back. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image | See all certifications »

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$50,200,000 (estimated)

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£1,395,715 (UK) (4 March 2011)

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$62,495,645 (USA) (26 May 2011)
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According to Emily Blunt, filming at the Statue of Liberty was frequently interrupted by onlookers yelling out "Matt Damon!" in imitation of the puppet from Team America: World Police. See more »

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Just before Elise sprains her ankle, there is a long shot of the performers dancing, clearly showing someone else in Emily Blunt's place. See more »

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[first lines]
Podium Announcer: Let's welcome my favorite alumnus, and the next Senator from the State of New York, David Norris.
David Norris: [to crowd] Thank you! Thank you! Well hi there. My name David Norris, and I'd like to be the next Senator from the State of New York.
Podium Announcer: [to baby] Hey there, what's your name?
David Norris: [to reporters] I'm going to go through Yonkers, I'm going to go door-to-door and take the city that way...
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Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix)
Written by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
Courtesy of the Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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More wasted potential when the concept was great but the treatment...
5 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Those who have seen the trailer will think that this is a cool, exciting action film about men who control the destinies of others and the man who says, "I will not stand for this!" but sadly that is not the story of the film. The concept is great and there are moments where I thought the film was going to get better because the story sounds interesting.

I'll start with the good. As I have mentioned before the film sounds interesting and as these mysterious men enter the film, you are interested to see what they can do. Anthony Mackie and John Slattery were well cast and Matt Damon's performance while not perfect (because of the script) is good and keeps the film together.

Apart from the above I can't think of anything else because the script is dull and the characters feel one-dimensional. Emily Blunt has little to do in the film and Terrence Stamp is completely misused. We hear how his character is cold and will do anything to get the job done but the film never shows this.

What could have saved the film would have been some kind of emotional pull if we felt that the two leads were meant to be together because that would have kept the film interesting. Instead there is little reason to care what happens by the end.

Themes including free will and pre-destination are mentioned and are interesting when they are brought up but the script doesn't do anything with it. Without spoiling anything, Matt Damon does make a discovery halfway through the film and it could have been a major plot point but the way film deals with it feels unnatural and out-of-character.

The film also lacks a sense of energy but maybe that is due to my initial expectations as the film is completely miss-marketed as an action thriller. However the film could have played up the villains in the film (if you can call them that) because you learn what they have done and what they are capable of doing.

In the hands of another director, this would have been an enjoyable film to watch. The idea is there but something went wrong along the way and this is the result. This isn't essential viewing but if you are interested, rent it.


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