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The film deals with two very important philosophical matters (forces
that control the destiny of all men and use of free will) in a very
frivolous way.This is very curious for a movie that cost over
50.000.000 dollars.The script doesn't have major plot twists.The
characters are one-dimensional,which is a huge drawback for a thriller
with almost no action.
There is no emotional stimulation for the spectators.There isn't even the slightest passion between the two lovers,so the film doesn't have an impact as a love story either.
Matt Damon is efficient as always,but the rest of the actors and actresses offer very unmemorable performances.
The direction is uninspired.There isn't any visual satisfaction either,although the film belongs in a genre with opulent visual delights.
If you want to see a powerful love story in the form of a thriller,"The next three days" is a must.You won't regret it...
The film was on the shelves for quite some time before its release.I think that this fact means a lot... No rabbits out of these hats!
The Adjustment Bureau
Think a scripted blending of "Charade" (1963) meets "The Matrix" (1999), and you have an idea of the plot that is the basis for "The Adjustment Bureau." (2011) All three films revolve around romance, suspense and a heightened sense of place. In "The Adjustment Bureau" New York City is almost a third character, and spotting cameo appearances by East coast media elites (past and present) is a side game. Humor is also an element of this story, although it sometimes undercuts the power of the suspense and romance that I imagine is the film's intended tone.
There are engaging performances to recommend the film, such as those by stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; as well as supporting actors Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, and the ever dangerously sexy Terrence Stamp.
All the witty repartee between characters, the striking views of New York City, and the driving pulse of the soundtrack make "The Adjustment Bureau" an entertaining film, but not so well pulled together that it demands great thought and consideration after the screening is over.
In case you are not aware of it, this makes Phillip K. Dick officially
one of the most influential storytellers in the last 50 years. His
books have inspired such Sci Fi classics as Blade Runner, Total Recall,
Minority Report, and now, the Adjustment Bureau. At least 19 films and
television episodes have been created from his works.
The story is an interesting take on the notion there is a God in the universe who is carefully directing the actions and happenings on the planet. Here, of course, the element of 'faith' is removed and instead the Chairman makes plans and has the Adjustment Bureau to make sure the plans are kept on track. These 'agents' merely interfere when they need to, making suggestions that set actions in place. Theology is not in the plan, just a pattern to prevent mankind from becoming extinct by their own hand.
This is a different type of Sci Fi film, and it would take an actor with the flexibility of Matt Damon to play David Norris. His confident yet humble portrayal of the politician is riveting and interesting throughout. Emily Blunt portrays the blossoming ballerina with verve and appeal, sort of a cross between the focused artist and the determined woman who puts her career ahead of herself. Anthony Mackie and John Slattery work well as the adjustment agents sent to sidetrack Norris from reaching Elise.
Overall, the film moves well, offers some interesting twists, and allows us the interesting perspective of predestination without the burden of deity. Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality, and a few brief scenes of violence, I personally can't think of a single scene that would be too intense for a ten year old. Collectible is a little early to say, but certainly a film you will want to see again.
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Are the choices we make really made on our own free will or is it all
fate, predestined and set in stone no matter how hard we try to escape
it? In "The Adjustment Bureau", a rising politician, David Norris (Matt
Damon) bumps into a ballerina, Elise (Emily Blunt) in the strangest of
places under the strangest of circumstances and they are immediately
attracted to each other. Even though mysterious men (The Adjusters) are
dead set on keeping them apart, they keep bumping into each other by
chance. Finally, one of the stranger mysterious guys kidnap him and lay
it all in front of him. They are the course correctors of the world.
Whenever they hand over free will to humans from the heights of human
advancements, we inevitably decline into anarchy, the Dark Ages and
world wars. He realizes the gravity of the situation where his and
Elise's entire starlit future will no longer be a possibility if they
fall in love. In the face of overwhelming odds, either he must let her
go and accept his fate or risk everything to be with her and push their
career into an abyss.
People who haven't watched 'Fringe' are calling this movie imaginative and intriguing, while I'd say its derivative of a far greater work. The Adjustment Bureau in the movie is quite obviously fashioned along the lines of Fringe's "OBSERVERS". The differences being the notable not-balded heads, the use of 'portal doors' and The Adjusters being more or less angels. The Observers though, are obviously much more better written than The Adjusters who seem very non-threatening. Implying God as the Chairman was really funny to me. It made the movie less suspenseful than it should have been. Then there's a plot deviation in the middle when its revealed that David and Elise were meant to be together in all the previous plans, but the plan was changed suddenly. So, now they were meant to be with different people. This brings up the whole - Why the hell did the Chairman change the plan in the first place!! Thus, David and Elise, when you think about it, never had any free will to fall in love with each other since the remnants of the previous plans were subconsciously in their minds.
Most people are comparing this movie to Inception which is highly unfair since its not an all out intelligent action/sci-fi thriller. But, if this is the kind of stories 'Inception' helps bring about in Hollywood, then its a step in the right direction. Let me be clear, I really liked the movie, but the potential it had was never quite achieved. Why did the Adjustors want humans to have a better life? What was their interest in all this? It was never explained. They didn't delve into the philosophical or sci-fi aspects of the story. The first half was far superior to the latter half of the movie. Also it didn't help with the fact that the gorgeous Emily Blunt is just the arm candy for Matt Damon and is completely under utilized, barring a few scenes. Matt Damon is perfect in his portrayal as always. By far, the breakout character being the Adjuster, Harry (Anthony Mackie) who goes against the rules and helps David Norris in his quest. In retrospect, his was the only arc where the philosophical and moral conundrum in following God's plans was even remotely touched upon (same storyline is done better in 'Supernatural'). This movie is just another 'love triumphs over all hardships' with a sci-fi/supernatural twist. Could have been done better, but its enjoyable nonetheless.
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My next movie review is going to be on the film "The Adjustment
Bureau," starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Mackie. My very
first thoughts when I saw this movie coming out is that it looks
different. As a movie watcher you always want something different.
Something that no one has came up with. As viewers we crave that, and
that's what I believed I saw when I watched the previews for this
This movie is about a man(Matt Damon) that is just living his life and finds out that there is a higher power that regulates what goes on in everyone's life. He doesn't like there game and he wants to make his own rules. Through his journey he meets a woman and they challenge the higher power to try and stop some adjustments that they have(Matt Damon and woman) made. Who knows if they'll be able to live to tell this story...
I liked the movie. This movie was different. I was expecting a little more, but I'm satisfied with what I got. For some reason I was expecting some kind of twist or something. Yet and still, I feel like this was a very good movie. This movie does make you think though. This is a movie that conspiracy theorist will go crazy for. I'm almost positive there are many of them referring to this movie to prove some kind of point. For the average viewer I approve this movie and I also feel like it is DVD worthy. This is a movie that can go into your collection, without feeling like you have to just buy the movie because you are a big Matt Damon fan. I'm giving this movie a 8 out of 10.
Knowing this was adapted from a Philip K. Dick story, I knew that the premise of this movie was a little out there. Matt Damon plays a career politician who loses an election and accidentally encounters a pretty woman entering the men's room. She's played by Emily Blunt and we later find out she's a ballet dancer with ambitions of her own. Both seem smitten but there's these men in business suits and hats that are attempting to prevent this romance from blossoming. Why? Well, it seems there are some plans involved from up above...Quite entertaining what with the story, dialogue, acting, and an exciting chase though I did wonder if there really was a point to all the exposition that resulted. Still, it wasn't too bad and I'll maybe watch this again one day so on that note, The Adjustment Bureau is worth a look.
The Adjustment Bureau works behind the scenes arranging people's fate.
But David Norriss wants to control his own fate. He manages to catch
the Bureau in the act of "adjusting" his fate and is threatened to
never speak of it and to stay away from a woman he has just met. The
Bureau attempts to enforce this separation but Norriss avoids them and
foils their varied efforts.
I was expecting a sci-fi thriller, but instead found romantic and religious mush. Was it a stab at the Greek gods, God, a debate personified, or the visual musings of the existence of any supreme being. It really wasn't worth my time or money.
You could either cherish the good things the movie has to offer (light
sci-fi, enjoyable thrills, actors with chemistry and the romantic
theme) or you could bash it for its downfalls (not that deep, plot
holes, maybe even inconsistencies in the story). It's up to you. As you
can see, I rated it high. Why? Because I was entertained and that
weighed more for me than any of the weak points the movie had.
Still even President Obama had a stab at the movie (after he heard that Matt Damon was disappointed in his presidential efforts, Obama stated in one of his speeches, that he could say the same about Damon, mentioning the Adjustment Bureau). Still the source material is strong enough to justify at least one viewing :o)
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The Adjustment Bureau, directed by George Nolfi, is an action packed
romance movie that captivates from beginning to end. David Norris (Matt
Damon) is a rising New York politician who has a chance meeting with a
professional dancer, Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) that completely changes
his life. The two fall madly in love and must deal with divine powers
trying to keep them apart in a battle between free will and fate. This
is a thought provoking film which challenges personal beliefs regarding
a higher power and creates an interesting plot. Although I believe in
free will, the possibility of "Adjusters" or "Angels" guiding our lives
and keeping us on a predetermined path is intriguing. It makes me
wonder what my life would look like if I chose another path or had an
"Adjuster" correcting my mistakes.
The chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is intense and enhances the believability of David and Elise's emotions. The intimacy and impulsiveness of their first kiss leaves me feeling like they are meant to be together. Although this adds to the predictability of the ending, I appreciate David's determination to win Elise. Since I am a hopeless romantic, watching a man fight for the love of his life is very appealing.
The cinematography is very well done and the special effects create a visually exciting chase scene through Manhattan. The seamless transition as the characters move supernaturally through doors all over the city is mesmerizing. After living and working in Manhattan for many years, the backdrop evokes a feeling of nostalgia and makes me a little biased towards movies set in New York City. The music of Thomas Newman, one of my favorite film score composers, is engaging and compliments the feeling of romance between David and Elise, as well stimulates the action scenes throughout the film.
The Adjustment Bureau is entertaining and emotionally gratifying with a love conquers all theme. I look forward to watching again.
The Adjustment Bureau. Dir. George Nolfi. Perf. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt: 2011, Film.
Can we plan our destiny, or is our destiny predetermined by forces outside our will? This is the main point of this science-fiction thriller, where the romance between David and Elise captured me so much as to make my attention concentrate more on the extremely attractive couple Damon-Blunt than on that central issue. Their chemistry works out effectively, never seen such a lovable Damon before, with such a charming smile, Emily Blunt proves mysterious and attractive as usual, so when they lips first meet, something explosive is ignited. The central issue is of course not original, but interesting in the intriguing and breathtaking way it is represented, without moving too far to any conclusion. Certainly free will is eagerly supported, certainly the movie sides with the need to dare and not to be afraid to follow what you think important for your life, against all more or less reasonable obstacles, even against your destiny, mainly when the love of your life is involved. The story proceeds with a quick, intriguing pace, the science-fiction and the romance, the supernatural and the realistic blend perfectly, on the stage of a wonderful and an ever-enchanting New York, keeping the viewer always captivated and entertained, and making the movie really enjoyable from the beginning till the end.
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