The Adjustment Bureau

03/16/2011 at 3:37 AM (Action, Books, Fable, Inspired, Movies, Mystery, Romance) (, , , , , , , , )

When I went to watch The Adjustment Bureau last night, my preconception of the film as the general suspense thriller flick was blown away. Based loosely on the Philip K. Dick short story titled Adjustment Team, the film starring Matt Damon as Dave Norris, a popular politician running for the US Senate and Emily Blunt as Elise the dancer he meets by chance after an oversight by one of the bureau’s case workers is a refreshing work with the year of the sequel phenomenon approaching.

The work of the adjustment bureau is to ensure life goes according to a plan which is traceable in a book written by the head of the organisation named the “Chairman”. It works out according to the plan, Dave and Elise were not meant to meet the way they did. So the case workers who ensure people follow their fates without diverging from their true paths do their best to put obstacles in the way of Dave. But a quick kiss in the men’s stall after Elise crashed a wedding and he was practising his concession speech connects them and manages to make their paths intertwine again because of their recurring chemistry for each other.

Thompson (John Slattery) who is built as the villain of the piece who is determined to thwart their relationship exposes the bureau to Dave and warns him that if he breathes a word of this that his will to think would cease. Interestingly, this movie raises a lot of questions about how much we have an affect on our individual fates and how much of it could be guided for us by a higher power giving it some repressed theological ground. When Dave is informed by Thompson, his chase of Elise would not only have a negative impact on his ambition but also on her dream of being a famous dancer, he abandons her feeling that he is making a sacrifice for her sake.

Later, he spots an article saying that she is to be married to her ex-boyfriend and feels in his gut something is wrong. Harry, a case worker more sympathetic to his cause than the others, provides him the use of his hat which allows him to open doors through New York without the control of his choices being affected. He finally reunites with Elise and when she is tested for her conviction in him, despite initial hesitation her trust in him is repaid with both of them allowed to use their free will.

While the film had an interesting storyline and it was directed well by George Nolfi who succeeds fairly well with his intention of creating it to raise questions but since it leaves a lot open to interpretation and deconstruction by the viewers themselves, it could either be a hit or miss depending on individual personalities and their takes on fate.

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7 Comments

  1. Carol said,

    I wasn’t actually sure what this one was about, but it sounds original. I’ll have to watch it when it comes out on DVD.

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  2. timkeen40 said,

    I will be sure to check it out.

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  3. wovenstrands said,

    I went to the theater thinking it would be an action movie, but turns out it was a romantic thriller. Which I don’t mind but I was a little disappointed. A little more action would have taken it to the next level in my opinion.

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    • leadinglight said,

      Yeah, I was surprised with all the girl chasing too. I thought it was going to be more like the Matrix. But I hate fighting scenes because any sight of blood makes me close my eyes so I didn’t mind as much. But I too felt a little let down because even with the other angle, they could have gone deeper but did not. It just seems to want to stick to safe ground.

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  4. Kim said,

    Never heard of George Nolfi before :O

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    • leadinglight said,

      He was behind the Bourne Identity films featuring Matt Damon. They were also action thrillers but with more action and less romance.

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  5. eva626 said,

    havnt seen it but cant wait to!!!

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