Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau Review

Love conquers all in The Adjustment Bureau - A cross between Mad Men and a lesser version of The Matrix . However, it's actually pretty good, not great by any means, but it's definitely entertaining and you will be taken on a decent thrill ride through a love story with the question at hand - can we escape our own fate? The Adjustment offers fresh hurdles to the question.
Matt Damon gives his most charming performance yet as David Norris, a rising young New York politician who suffers an electoral setback after an embarrassing tabloid revelation. That's when he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), a free-spirited ballet dancer to whom he's immediately drawn to. She inspires him so much that he ends up giving one of his best speeches yet, which of course results in a huge boost for his political career, then she disappears. But, as chance would have it, David runs into her again the next morning on the way into work.

However, when David arrives at work that morning, he sees something he shouldn't—a bunch of guys in suits and fedoras reprogramming the brain of his business partner. They explain that they're part of the Adjustment Bureau, people who make sure things happen according to The Chairman's plan. And while they're at it, they inform him he's not to see Elise ever again—it'll ruin The Plan for his life and hers. Richardson (John Slattery), the main adjuster, continues to warns him that if he tells anyone about what he's seen, they will be forced to lobotomize him.

The chemistry between David and Elise is incredibly strong, even though the couple barely know each other, nothing can keep them apart, even though agents of fate will do their best to do so. Of course the film isn't perfect, after all it's nothing more than a fun Hollywood popcorn flick. I'll start with the agents. If they are working for a "higher" power, basically they're angels, why would they need to go through all that trouble in freezing people to adjust their minds, couldn't they simply snap their fingers and be done with it? And I'll end with the sad fate of the predictable and boring Hollywood ending. Though the film almost gets away with these blunders simply based on the skill, attractiveness, and likability of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Though never as flashy as Christopher Nolan was wi
th Inception, director George Nolfi and his excellent cinematographer John Toll (Gone Baby Gone, Almost Famous, Braveheart) make wonderfully creative use of New York locations in the climactic chase scene, which has a surreal intensity to it, which I love. This movie is also based on a short story, "The Adjustment Team", written by Philip K. Dick. In conclusion, don't expect to be blown away, but rather entertained. I certainly enjoyed this movie. It was fun and thrilling.

What did you think?


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