Excerpt: There are those out there who believe that everything happens for a reason. This phrase has been used on many a copout and chalking things up to “fate.” I’m not one of those people. I think we make our own futures and to simply dismiss something saying it was “meant to be” is downright preposterous. Now maybe I’m incorrect, maybe I am meant to die in a plane crash on March 27, 2046 and nothing I say or do will prohibit that.
Excerpt: Matt Damon stars as David Norris, a popular New York congressman who’s a shoo-in to win a U.S. Senate seat in 2006 until a political scandal derails his campaign. Before he gives his concession speech, he ventures into a hotel bathroom and is interrupted when Elise (Emily Blunt) emerges from a stall and encourages him to be more honest. Her advice inspires David to drop the political speech and instead ad-lib from the heart.
Excerpt: As Matt Damon nervously looks around the streets of New York in The Adjustment Bureau , people around him are wearing hats. The hat is the indicator that one of “them” is on his trail, a group of human/non-human/angel-like beings who are there to tell him what to do, or at the very least control it. He’s lost free will, and at anytime, one of those people wearing a hat could send his own plans spiraling out of control. And in New York, there are a lot of hats.
Conclusion: 'The Adjustment Bureau' is everything 'The Tourist' wanted to be, but ultimately failed at delivering, largely because it lacked the genuinely convincing chemistry of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. From first-time director George Nolfi, who also adapted the script from a Phillip K. Dick short story, the film is a stylish and thrillingly captivating romantic thriller with metaphysical overtones that are only mildly thought-provoking, but sadly, it all concludes with a...
Excerpt: On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas - a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself - the men of "The Adjustment Bureau" - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together.
Conclusion: Your personal appreciation and enjoyment of The Adjustment Bureau is most likely going to be geared more than usual to your expectations of what kind of film you think you're about to see. If you're in the mood for a sort of Matrix meets Inception CGI-fest with a quasi-hallucinogenic take on the nature of reality, you're more than likely to be sorely disappointed in this film.
Excerpt: The Film Matt Damon desperately tries to sprinkle some sci-fi (and Philip K. Dick) into the action genre in The Adjustment Bureau . Based on one of Dick's short stories, Damon plays David Norris, a promising politician on a downward spiral. On the night of a major defeat, he has a chance meeting with dancer Elise (Emily Blunt), who inspires him to make the speech of his life. Thankfully, Elise and David meet again.
Excerpt: Sci-fi movies have been around almost as long as the cinema itself—historians invariably cite George Melies's fanciful short A Trip to the Moon (1902) as one of the early motion picture landmarks—yet the two films that set the polarities for the genre arrived less than a decade apart.