The Adjustment Bureau (2011) – Movie Review

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The Adjustment Bureau
Year: 2011
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp
Review by Nicole Yvette (Movie Critical)


Review
"The Adjustment Bureau" is an interesting film. Yet like many other
science fiction films which cross over with action films, it is very far
fetched and as a result it can just seem quite silly. The idea for the
film is clever and really quite intriguing, but it could have gone so much
further than what it did. There were so many points in this film that
could have been delved into more and quite a few gaps in the story as a
result of some complex subjects addressed. Matt Damon is David Norris, a
young congressman who is running for the US Senate for the state of New
York. When he loses his campaign first time round, he meets an intriguing
and beautiful woman, Elise (Emily Blunt) who makes him feel a way he never
has before. He meets her by chance again, only to be informed afterwards
that Elise is not part of the plan. The plan is the way the world and the
people in it are supposed to go according to The Adjustment Bureau, the
people who make sure everything goes the way it is supposed to. David
tries to defy the plan and do everything he can to be with Elise, even if
it means risking his life and his sanity.

"The Adjustment Bureau" was an ambitious project to take on for director
George Nolfi. There is so much to this film. There is romance, drama,
science fiction and action, as well as a subject matter which has to be
explained in great detail and emotions which have to be addressed. It
really is a huge project and one cannot blame Nolfi for missing out bits
and pieces throughout the film. Many questions remain unanswered at the
end of the film. For example, why do plans change throughout people's
lives? If David had a angel or guardian in Harry, then why didn't Elise
have one as well? If it wasn't part of the plan for these two to be
together, then wouldn't there be someone on her side to keep her away from
him working there as well? However, there was a lot to cover in this film
so leaving a few questions unanswered didn't hurt a great deal. Many
questions were answered as well which allowed the film to maintain
momentum and the audience to remain interested.

A big misconception about this film is that it is just like another Bourne
film. Although the film does have suspense and a few car crashes and
chases in foot, it can hardly be classified as an action film. If it was
classified as an action film, it would fail miserably. The concept of
having a God like figure who's disciples work with mechanical means to
place ideas in people's minds and scan their brains is slightly
ridiculous. The whole concept of a force being behind what happens in
everyday life is quite fascinating and does challenge you to think more
about fate and chance. The story is well written, but the dialogue can be
a little sketchy at times.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have quite a lot of on screen chemistry in this
film. They respond well to each other and physically look the part fo a
couple in love. They both give emotionally charged performances showing
how in love the two characters really are with each other. Although the
charcaters really don't see each other much during the film and normally a
film where they don't see each other too much over the span of the film it
seems unrealistic to understand how they feel so strongly about each
other, it feels right that they should love each other so much. Both Damon
and Blunt are extremely likable in their roles and both have a great
amount of character. Because of these two, "The Adjustment Bureau" feels
more of a romance than an action film.

George Nolfi gives "The Adjustment Bureau" a fair go. It could have gone a
lot further and the ending coould have also been a bit more conclusive and
satisfactory, but there are some very good aspects. Damon and Blunt bring
the characters to life and the film is actually quite thought provoking.
An interesting take on the ways of the world.

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Review
“The Adjustment Bureau” is an interesting film. Yet like many other
science fiction films which cross over with action films, it is very far
fetched and as a result it can just seem quite silly. The idea for the
film is clever and really quite intriguing, but it could have gone so much
further than what it did. There were so many points in this film that
could have been delved into more and quite a few gaps in the story as a
result of some complex subjects addressed. Matt Damon is David Norris, a
young congressman who is running for the US Senate for the state of New
York. When he loses his campaign first time round, he meets an intriguing
and beautiful woman, Elise (Emily Blunt) who makes him feel a way he never
has before. He meets her by chance again, only to be informed afterwards
that Elise is not part of the plan. The plan is the way the world and the
people in it are supposed to go according to The Adjustment Bureau, the
people who make sure everything goes the way it is supposed to. David
tries to defy the plan and do everything he can to be with Elise, even if
it means risking his life and his sanity. 

“The Adjustment Bureau” was an ambitious project to take on for director
George Nolfi. There is so much to this film. There is romance, drama,
science fiction and action, as well as a subject matter which has to be
explained in great detail and emotions which have to be addressed. It
really is a huge project and one cannot blame Nolfi for missing out bits
and pieces throughout the film. Many questions remain unanswered at the
end of the film. For example, why do plans change throughout people’s
lives? If David had a angel or guardian in Harry, then why didn’t Elise
have one as well? If it wasn’t part of the plan for these two to be
together, then wouldn’t there be someone on her side to keep her away from
him working there as well? However, there was a lot to cover in this film
so leaving a few questions unanswered didn’t hurt a great deal. Many
questions were answered as well which allowed the film to maintain
momentum and the audience to remain interested.

A big misconception about this film is that it is just like another Bourne
film. Although the film does have suspense and a few car crashes and
chases in foot, it can hardly be classified as an action film. If it was
classified as an action film, it would fail miserably. The concept of
having a God like figure who’s disciples work with mechanical means to
place ideas in people’s minds and scan their brains is slightly
ridiculous. The whole concept of a force being behind what happens in
everyday life is quite fascinating and does challenge you to think more
about fate and chance. The story is well written, but the dialogue can be
a little sketchy at times.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have quite a lot of on screen chemistry in this
film. They respond well to each other and physically look the part fo a
couple in love. They both give emotionally charged performances showing
how in love the two characters really are with each other. Although the
charcaters really don’t see each other much during the film and normally a
film where they don’t see each other too much over the span of the film it
seems unrealistic to understand how they feel so strongly about each
other, it feels right that they should love each other so much. Both Damon
and Blunt are extremely likable in their roles and both have a great
amount of character. Because of these two, “The Adjustment Bureau” feels
more of a romance than an action film.

George Nolfi gives “The Adjustment Bureau” a fair go. It could have gone a
lot further and the ending coould have also been a bit more conclusive and
satisfactory, but there are some very good aspects. Damon and Blunt bring
the characters to life and the film is actually quite thought provoking.
An interesting take on the ways of the world.