Created on Sunday, 06 March 2011 00:05
Written by Samantha See
Written and directed by acclaimed screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean's 12), The Adjustment Bureau is a movie adaptation loosely based on the works of author Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report). And add veteran actors Matt Damon and Emily Blunt to the mix, we have a winner.
Instead of a romantic comedy, with The Adjustment Bureau, we have a romantic suspense thriller. Think The Matrix and Inception with a touch of romance.
Matt Damon plays David Norris, a promising politician who discovers to his dismay that his whole life has been nothing more than a perfect plan carried out by a secret group that thinks it knows what's good for you – sounds familiar? – when love interest Elsie (Emily Blunt) throws him off track. He obeys but after three years, a chance meeting with Elise on the street changes his mind. Hereby, the man runs between alternate physical worlds in a desperate bid to escape his predetermined fate and be with the one he loves.
But albeit the lack of free will, the secret organisation is not evil but one that actually cares for humanity as represented by Terence Stamp. He reminds David the consequences of his disobedience.
Visually, the film represents a romantic, pretty side of New Year, and the chemistry and connection between the two leads are convincing and enjoyable. Music by Thomas Newman helps to set the mood as well.
In conclusion, a somewhat heavy film for the mainstream but nonetheless an enjoyable one.
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