The Adjustment Bureau – B-

Director – George Nolfi (Debut)

Based on the Short story: Adjustment team by Philip K. Dick

Actors: Matt Damon (The Bourne Series, Good Will Hunting)
Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada, Gulliver’s Travels)
John Slattery (Mad Men, Iron Man)
Anthony Mackie (Eagle Eye, The Hurt Locker)
Terrence Stamp (Wanted, Valkyrie)

People say that everything happens for a reason, but what if there are people out there that MAKE SURE those things happen. This idea is explored in The Adjustment Bureau, which Finds David Norris (Matt Damon), running for senate. The night he loses the Senate, he meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) by chance, and he immediately falls for her, and she for him.

That is when The Adjustment Bureau steps in to stop this from happening, because for some reason (which we learn eventually) they aren’t supposed to be together. The Adjustment Bureau is a large group of men who watch over life’s events and make sure things happen the way they are meant to. The Bureau can do just about anything, cause car accidents, alter someone’s memory (or completely erase it), and about anything else they want or have to do. Although, there powers seem useless in Rain, and there are certain things they can’t do without there Magic Fedora’s.

I didn’t realize The Adjustment Bureau was going to be such a love story, which is probably why my friends didn’t like it that much. Judging by commercials one would assume it is more of a Science fiction thriller with a love story sub plot, but really it is the opposite. The story is about David Norris(Damon) doing anything in his power to be with Elise Sellas (Blunt). The Bureau will do anything to stop this from happening, but even persistent threats to wipe his memory, and ruin her dancing career doesn’t stop him.

It’s a long movie (the story is set over a few years), it sags a bit in the middle, could have been cut short, there isn’t even that much action and it is very much a love story, but it was actually good. It’s perfect for couples that can’t agree on a movie, or anyone who likes love stories and a little science fiction. Emily Blunt is rapidly becoming one of my new favorites, and Matt Damon is great as per usual, there chemistry feels 100% real, and you root for them to make it. The idea of the adjustment bureau may creep you out a bit, but it really is thought provoking, the movie itself isn’t really confusing, just interesting. Even with too long of a run time, The Adjustment Bureau is still very enjoyable, but definitely wait and rent it.

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