Based on a story by Philip K Dick, The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as a couple trying to escape destiny.
Okay, there’s more to it than that – they’re being hunted by a cabal of suited men intent on keeping Damon’s David Norris, a politician who fell from grace, and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) from being together, whilst Norris works to rebuild his shattered reputation.
Are you angels?
Whilst The Adjustment Bureau sits firmly in the realm of science fiction, there’s religious undertones to it. Richardson (played by John Slattery) leads a team of enigmatic figures who plan to keep things as predicted, ensuring destiny is fulfilled.
It’s an ambitious film from George Nolfi and it’s certainly well executed, with a strong cast led by the consistently charismatic Matt Damon and the every wonderful Emily Blunt. Slattery, Antony Mackie, Terence Stamp – the film has a superb supporting cast.
You have the appearance of free will.
There’s philosophical elements running throughout the film that will remind avid genre fans of The Matrix, Dark City, The Thirteenth Floor and other such oeuvre, with more than a touch of Terry Gilliam. In another time, it would be a Christmas film – imagine Bedazzled, It’s a Wonderful Life, City of Angels given a new lease of modern life. They’re all in there, but The Adjustment Bureau still stands on its own.
What is free will? Are we in control of our own destiny? A film that will leave viewers thinking, The Adjustment Bureau tells a beautiful story that is at once engaging and romantic.