Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery
Director: George Nolfi
Plot: David Norris (Matt Damon) is an up and coming politician who has a chance encounter with a beautiful stranger, Elise (Emily Blunt). Working behind the scenes though, is a mysterious group of men who call themselves The Adjustment Bureau, who are intent on keeping them apart, and try to maintain David’s predetermined future.
What I Liked:
- Cast. This movie is nearly perfectly cast. Matt Damon is great as David Norris, and the chemistry he has with Emily Blunt is fantastic. All of the smaller, yet still important, roles were also expertly presented, with special notice to Anthony Mackie who is amazing as Harry Mitchell.
- Theological Questions. I love Hollywood movies that actually raise good questions. I don’t even necessarily care if the answers they present are accurate, I just love when they ask the tough questions. This movie does just that. “How much control do we have over our life?”, “What exactly is free will?”, “Are we predestined?”. I may not necessarily agree with how the questions are answered, but I love and respect the fact that they are even asked at all.
- Fast Moving. I hesitate to call this an action movie, but the pace of the movie is quick, and it has some pretty intense moments. The running and chasing seemed like a toned down version of “Bourne Identity” (possibly due to the fact that this movie starred Matt Damon), and yet it didn’t go overboard with action, violence and speed. The story moved fluidly, there weren’t many slow scenes, and the ones they did have were necessary to the plot and didn’t last too long. It entertained you from the start, and kept you interested.
- Plot. I have to give credit to the writers. In a time when, most movies are just remakes, sequels, or not very original, they made an original, smart movie with a really good plot. It juggled the political story, love story and theological/free-will story perfectly.
What I Didn’t Like
- Who are the Adjustment Bureau? They sort of explain it, but not really. I understand that they work for the “Big Guy”…but are they angels? Are they men? Are the spiritual entities? Where did they come from?
- (Spoilers) Convenient plot twists. The fact that rain, and water, are enough of a shield to protect you from the Adjustment Bureau seems way too easy of a plot point. Also, the fact that, all you need to travel through those door portals is the right hat and to turn the handle the opposite way is just ridiculous.
What would you do, or give up, to be with someone you love. Would you fight to be with someone if it meant giving up your, and their, dreams?
How much free will do we actually have? Do we make ANY choices, or is everything predestined?
Honesty is very important. One of the most powerful scenes of the movie, is when David gives his political speech where he admits to being fake. It’s a speech I would love to see an actual political give. It’s honest and refreshing.
The Adjustment Bureau is a movie that raises a lot of questions, and is a fantastic starting point for what could be an amazing discussion-it earns an 8.5/10. I loved the casting, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are amazing, the plot was unique and refreshing, the love story was vital yet not cheesy, and the movie was fast paced and kept you on the edge of your seat. There were a few too many convenient plot twists though, and the fact that the movie just decides not to fully explain WHO or WHAT the Adjustment Bureau is left me frustrated. In the end though, it’s a great, entertaining movie, and it actually tries to ask some of the right questions. Worth checking it out for sure!