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The Adjustment Bureau

by George Nolfi (Director/Screenwriter)

Other authors: Emily Blunt (Actor), Matt Damon (Actor), Philip K. Dick (Author), Michael Kelly (Actor), Anthony Mackie (Actor)3 more, John Slattery (Actor), Terence Stamp (Actor), John Toll (Cinematographer)

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A man glimpses the future fate has planned for him and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under, and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved.
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Damon and Blunt are good and likable in this story of a politiican (naturally the male character) whose love for a dancer is not in line with the Adjustment Bureau's plans for his political career. There's not a lot of action in the film, which is good, since that type of film tends to be mindless, but neither is it all that scintillating despite the solid NYC locations and the good cast, including Terence Stamp who is always worth watching. At least there's a satisfying ending. ( )
  datrappert | Apr 30, 2023 |
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
So do you believe in free will, or do you think that snappily dressed men in fedoras are controlling your fate? This is the existential question posed by "The Adjustment Bureau".

When former congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) finds out the answer to this question, a question he never asked, he's faced with a choice. Have the girl of his dreams or eventually be elected President. From the trailers, it's obvious that he chooses the girl but the story gets much more complicated then that. I'm happy to say that the trailers did not give too much of the story away.

When Norris steadily refuses to conform to the plan laid out for him (by fate, God, the Chairman, whatever), the Bureau has to directly intervene. The concept of the Bureau was well done. These guys are just bureaucrats. They are given a plan to enforce. They don't understand the plan, it's above their pay grade, as one of them says. But the plan is important, it's their job to make sure it stays on course. What about free will says Norris. The last time we let you have free will, Mr. Thompson explains, was 1910. After the Cuban missile crises we had to step back in.

So does love conquer all, even The Plan? You'll have to see the movie to find out. I recommend that you do. ( )
1 vote capewood | May 1, 2022 |
Men with magic hats try to keep a couple apart.

While watching it, up until the last 20 minutes or so where it starts to really fall apart, I was actually enjoying it somewhat. Solid C plus territory, with hopes of a good ending upping it to a B. Yeah, no. See, the thing with this kind of story is, it's supposed to build to something. There's supposed to be a twist, or a reveal, putting the rest of the movie into an interesting new light. Or at least explaining something a little. That is the whole point. If the writer(s) don't have any more idea what's going on that the audience? Then there's no story. It's not a bad story, or an unresolved story; it's simply a giant gaping void. The more I think about it, the more this movie pisses me off.

Concept: F
Story: F
Characters: D
Dialog: D
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: B

Enjoyment: D

GPA: 1.8/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Nolfi, GeorgeDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blunt, EmilyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Damon, MattActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick, Philip K.Authorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mackie, AnthonyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slattery, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stamp, TerenceActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Toll, JohnCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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