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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.

Director:

George Nolfi

Writers:

George Nolfi (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (short story "Adjustment Team")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... David Norris
Emily Blunt ... Elise Sellas
Lisa Thoreson Lisa Thoreson ... Suburban Mom
Florence Kastriner ... Suburban Mom
Michael Kelly ... Charlie Traynor
Phyllis MacBryde ... Suburban Neighbor
Natalie Carter ... Suburban Neighbor (as Natalie E. Carter)
Chuck Scarborough Chuck Scarborough ... Chuck Scarborough
Jon Stewart ... Jon Stewart
Gregory P. Hitchen Gregory P. Hitchen ... U.S. Coast Guard Officer (as Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen)
Darrell Lenormand ... Upstate Farmer (as Darrell James LeNormand)
Michael Bloomberg ... Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Kar Kar ... Political Consultant
RJ Konner ... Political Consultant
Susan D. Michaels Susan D. Michaels ... Reporter
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,157,730, 6 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,495,645, 26 May 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,869,379, 26 May 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first of three films Emily Blunt has been in where characters try to change the future; the other two are Looper (2012) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). See more »

Goofs

Elise's marriage license application is issued by the Department of Human Services. In reality it would be issued by the City Clerk's office. 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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.103 (2011) See more »

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Groove Emsemble
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Joey Katsaros (as Joseph Katsaros)
Performed by Joey Katsaros (as Joey K.)
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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More wasted potential when the concept was great but the treatment...
5 March 2011 | by lekgolahSee 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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