Romance Movies, by Ajay Singh, 24 March 2011

Director: George Nolfi

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Kastriner, Florence Kastriner, Natalie Carter, Jon Stewart

Country: USA

Runtime: 106 min

Release Date:

Language: English

Official Site: The Adjustment Bureau Official Site

Director and screenwriter George Nolfi vaguely based the plot of this film on the Philip K. Dick story, “Adjustment Team”. Dick’s story was changed almost unrecognizably and enormously romanticized. Who would be interested in a married real estate salesman? Even if he flies in a phone booth to Heaven to meet the Old Man who makes adjustments to his Fate. All the philosophy and religious symbolism of the story may not have been considered appealing without a young intense love, preferably to a sexy dancer.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

The David Norris of the film is a young, charismatic man, immature and impulsive in his behavior. What can be more attractive to a woman? He meets a beautiful dancer (a beautiful woman must be a dancer) by pure chance and becomes intrigued by her personality. It could have ended right there, but a few days later he realizes that she is forbidden fruit and his interest instantly upgrades into passion. He learns that his life, as well as the lives of the rest of mankind, are completely controlled by the mysterious Adjustment Bureau. Its “angels” make sure that everything happens according to their plan. Initiative does not exist. If David decides to pursue his romance, he will never become US President and his muse will end up with a broken leg at the very least. It does not take a second for our ambitious politician to choose between his country and his love. He is also entirely sure that a woman who saw him only a few times will be more than happy to sacrifice years of hard training and grand dreams on the altar of their love. Who would not willingly break a leg to win the love of Matt Damon? The lovers try to escape with the help of one of the “angels”. They discover the inexplicable power of random New York doors that can mystically open into different spaces such as stadiums, Liberty island, etc. In the end they are trapped by the bureau agents and have to answer for their rebellion. It is easy to guess that love wins and everybody’s legs are safe.

The film’s play with such heavy conceptions as Free Will, God, Fate, but it remains a game and the film remains pure entertainment, and good entertainment at that. Surprisingly, Damon’s and Blunt’s chemistry is hot and engaging. Their relationship brings some warmth and relateability to the film. There are some sharp, funny dialogues, nice panoramic shots of New York, dance performances, and dynamic editing. All of this keeps the audience interested and engaged. It is in fact a nice romantic comedy. It is not a good film choice if you want to rethink your life, but perfect for an enjoyable evening.

The Adjustment Bureau [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery
Director: George Nolfi
Format: PAL
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Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 101 minutes

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4.0 out of 5 stars (372)

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Matt Damon and Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau

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Matt Damon, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

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