My meeting with “The Adjustment Bureau”

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Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in an exciting thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. David Norris (Damon) is an ambitious New York politician who stumbles over prior events in his political conquest. Able to overcome setbacks, he meets Elise (Blunt), a ballet dancer. But a secret agency is intent on keeping them apart for reasons uknown because the plans “changed” as per The Chairman. What ensues is a game of cat and mouse that leaves viewers questioning the existence of free will and fate.

By all accounts, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ works as a film. The acting is superbly done, the visuals of contemporary New York are stunning and the underlying score itself takes on a personality all its own. What results is a film that delivers more questions than answers and dare I say, some of the questions, if you think deeply about them may leave you with scary conclusions about life as a whole and whether or not man has free will or if we are all really part of a “plan”. Can we escape our fate? Can we change our futures? Those are just a couple questions this film poses and the answers are likely as complex as George Nolfi’s script and film.

Full of several beautiful scenes of contrast, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is a journey worth taking. Because of really nice editing sequences, it’s captivating, pulse-pounding and certainly much better than the recent Matt Damon thriller outing (Hereafter). The only considerable set-back the film has is it fails to address what happens in general after the “revealation” of The Bureau. Bystanders witness moments in the final chase scene, but the reaction is never totally addressed. No matter, based on occurences in the film, the explanation would be unnecessary as the viewer somehow knows the witnesses would be “adjusted”. But who was even thinking about the witnesses when all of the concern lends itself to the final confrontation and the investment the viewer has made to David and Elise?

‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is rated PG-13 and runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Grade: A+

-B. James


One thought on “My meeting with “The Adjustment Bureau”

  1. You know how you can always skip previews when you buy a DVD? It’s kinda part of what you pay for. Well not for the adjustment bureau. I’m not even going to waist my time waiting for advertisements to watch this movie. If I wanted commercials I would watch cable tv.

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