The Adjustment Bureau

A congressman (Matt Damon) who’s a rising star on the political scene finds himself entranced by a beautiful ballerina (Emily Blunt), but mysterious circumstances ensure that their love affair is predestined to be a non-starter. Screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) makes his directorial debut with this romantic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi short story “Adjustment Team.”

Rating: 8 out of 10

I have to say that on the surface, I thought this was just another government conspiracy movie. While it’s still a conspiracy flick, it’s a darn good one.

Not unlike “The Matrix,” where they contrived a believable world out of unbelievable circumstances, this film succeeds. The world is completely controlled, well mostly. It sort of takes away the whole free will theory for most people, or at least important people. The entire concept that drives the movie is an adjustment bureau that can control your life. They have a person assigned to you who can guide your thoughts and actions by influencing you with experiences. The love story at the center of this movie, which really compels the film, was such a controlled circumstance. They meet, hit it off, and fall for each other instantly. But the bureau has other plans, despite Damon’s characters pursuit of his lost love.

The movie takes some really interesting twists and turns, with a climactic ending that is satisfying and entertaining. Definitely a solid sci-fi film with a compelling love story, good performances, and a nice pace and tone. It’s patient enough to develop characters while throwing in some intrigue and mystery that propels the film with action and drama.

8 responses to “The Adjustment Bureau

  1. Reblogged this on elizabethstown and commented:
    I want to see this move!(:

  2. I agree. i thoroughly enjoyed this film and delayed watching it for a long time due to the mixed critical reviews.

    It should be noted that SyFy is developing The Adjustment Bureau as a series expected to premiere in 2013.

    UPFRONTS 2012: SyFy Announces 2012 – 2013 Schedule, 12 New Scripted Series In Development

  3. I blew this off when it was in theaters. No I just might pop it into my Netflix queue. Thanks.

  4. Very cool movie. I enjoyed it very much. I think Blunt is gorgeous. Thanks for the review!

  5. It’s a pretty outstanding film. Like cartpsych, I also avoided it in theaters, thinking that it was another one of Matt Damon’s governmental conspiracy films. Such a bad decision on my part! I saw it a couple of months ago and fell in love with its supernatural elements.

  6. I agree that the storyline was creative and to some extent, it sent many of us into deep trails of thought regarding free will and even fate. I remember watching this film during its release week and was disappointed with the ending, I felt it was too abrupt and inconclusive. Overall a brilliant movie, nonetheless.

  7. I agree that this was a very good Sci-Fi and although there was the romance element I really enjoyed this move, the feel good factor was high and the story was intelligent.

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