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Review: The Adjustment Bureau

Posted March 7, 2011 by Max in Review



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Do we have control of our lives or is there a greater power leading us on a path? This is the question The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt asks. The movie is based on a short story by legendary science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.

In the film, Damon plays politician David Norris, who has just received word that his bid for elected office has failed, meets a beautiful, young woman named Elise (Blunt).  David falls in love at first sight and believes that Elise is the woman for him. The Adjustment Bureau has other plans for both their lives, so David must cross all roadblocks in his way and change his fate to be with the one he loves.



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Adjustment Bureau owes a lot to The Matrix.  There are instances throughout the film of doors that open into other locations and a greater power that controls our destiny.  When David is determined to make Elise his, he must break the system that governs everyone’s existence.

Other than Damon and Blunt, the film is filled out nicely with a great supporting cast.  Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) plays Harry, the sympathetic bureau investigator; John Slattery (Med Men) and Terence Stamp (Wanted) who have the job of stopping Damon’s David from being with Blunt’s Elise; and Michael Kelly (Changeling) who is David’s campaign manager and lifelong friend.

The Adjustment Bureau is a science-fiction, romantic, thriller that has something for everyone.  While the film isn’t revolutionary in anything that it does, it’s a fine film and should please most people interested.  Recommended.

[Rating: 2.5]

The Adjustment Bureau
Directed by: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Mackie
Available on Blu-ray and DVD

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