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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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The Adjustment Bureau is a movie starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Lisa Thoreson. The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Norris
... Elise Sellas
Lisa Thoreson ... Suburban Mom
... Suburban Mom
... Charlie Traynor
... Suburban Neighbor
... Suburban Neighbor (as Natalie E. Carter)
Chuck Scarborough ... Chuck Scarborough
... Jon Stewart
Gregory P. Hitchen ... U.S. Coast Guard Officer (as Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen)
... Upstate Farmer (as Darrell James LeNormand)
... Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Kar ... Political Consultant
... Political Consultant
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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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image | See all certifications »

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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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The dances were created specifically for the film but were based on Benoit-Swan Pouffer's installation piece, GLASSYessence. See more »

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When Elise is watching David's 2nd interview with John Stewart on TV, David is wearing the same dark blue suit and striped tie that he wore in his first interview at the beginning of the film. Moments after the 2nd interview, when David is led into the empty warehouse by a member of the bureau, his tie is solid dark purple. 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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Let Your Body Loose
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Jason Gleed
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A well made and more thoughtful film that you might be expecting
9 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

What if your own free will was nothing of the sort. Every move you made was in accordance with a master plan, any kinks or imperfections "adjusted" by persons unknown, constantly on hand to ensure you stayed on track.

Many people might assume that their lives are quite the reverse, with all the bad decisions they have made, anything resembling a master plan is unlikely.

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising New York Congressman with his heart set on becoming a young Senator, everything is going according to plan until he meets the beautiful quirky ballerina, Elise (Emily Blunt) in a mens restroom.

Elise inspires him in ways that he could not have imagined but any longer term relationship is not part of the plan the "Men in Grey" have mapped out. They do not like their careful plans messed with, ever. Although they do get to wear Trilby's, which not only look cool but are also a necessary tool for their profession.

The many scenes between Blunt and Damon are very believable and natural, real chemistry in action and is fun to watch. Blunt is a breath of fresh air in the congressman's driven life, living more in the moment than he possibly ever did before.

Just when you think the film will descend into a smorgasbord of special effects, the story goes into the opposite direction. A thoughtful and character driven piece about choices and the ripple effect each path taken, or not taken, has on your own and other peoples lives.

Terence Stamp, still with one of the best voices in the business, together with Anthony Mackie & John Slattery, do good work as the agents attempting to get everything back on track.

There are some good lines and Damon can play an aspiring politician with ease, no doubt he could be one in real life if he chose to move in that direction.

The central question of defining who we are by the choices we make is explored and it is good to see another movie messing with our heads, if only just a little. If we have no free will are we still the people we thought we were, very deep but don't panic, the film does not get too caught up in this existentialism.

The action is limited, there are no cars exploding and the body count is non existent, a refreshing change from most modern films. A film that could have been made in the 50's from a story point of view, although actually based on a short story by Phillip K Dick of "Do Androids dream of electric sheep" fame, the inspiration for "Blade Runner".

Production values are good, although not of the highest flight. The costumes worn by the adjustment police are rather dodgy and look like guys with spare motorcycle helmets sprayed black. Not what you would expect in a big budget Hollywood movie, a small point but quite noticeable.

Similar to many films of this genre, the movie has to decide how to wrap everything up neatly. The final reel is perhaps a little disappointing but that depends on how you would want the film to end, somehow it feels that the easier option was taken.

Summary

A well made and more thoughtful film than you might be expecting.

Well acted with a believable romance, a light dusting of Sci-Fi and a great story. "Inception" lite perhaps, which is certainly recommendation enough for any film.

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