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The Adjustment Bureau

A 2011 movie directed by George Nolfi.

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Meh... Rent it.

  • Mar 22, 2011

I'm the type of movie goer that gets really excited for only a handful of movies throughout the year. The Adjustment Bureau was one of them. I mean how could you not get "really" excited for this film. First off, MATT DAMON is in it and secondly it seemed like a pretty awesome concept for a film. Being that, I'm going to be honest right off the get go. The film was just okay.

The film starts off great. It's one of those films that once you start watching, you know it's going to be a good movie. Yet, as the film progresses things start to get a like weird and unbelievable. This is coming from the guy that truly believes one day there will be a Zombie attack. If a film can't suck me in and make my crazy imagination believe what I am seeing, then I'm going to have a hard time enjoying the film.

I guess one part of the film that just seemed hokey to me was the movement through out the doors. It just seemed weird and off and it was hard for me to even want to believe it. There were too many variables in the film that made me think, "why the heck did the writer pick that?" Such as the fact that anyone in the Adjustment Bureau had to wear a hat in order to move through the doors from place to place. They didn't make it a magical hat or anything. Just a hat.

Regardless of the hokey and unbelievable parts of the film I figured the film would all come together in the end and be happy with the film. I was wrong. The ending was terrible. Oh wow! They end up together! I didn't see that coming. I guess it was just the way the film explain how they could finally end up together which was just off for me. I think I would have walked out of the film happier if the two character did find the "chairman" and he was played by Morgan Freeman! Now think about that!!!!

I guess the last thing that threw me off was the parallel of the story with religion. If you're going down the God and angels path, do it right. God doesn't change his mind. Yes, we call them angels and why the heck can these angels move around without "God" knowing it if there is water around.

Overall there were just too many things in this film that we off and not explained properly. The concept was great and I think the film could have been amazing, but it wasn't. If you have to see this film I recommend renting it and not going to the movies to see it.
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March 24, 2011
Nice review. I liked this movie and admittedly I like several parts of it, I agree the ending was so disappointing; it felt real cheap. I also believe that one day that there will be a zombie attack which is why I am prepared LOL!
March 24, 2011
Ya I feel like it's inevitable that we'll have some sort of a zombie attack! I'm glad you're prepared! I'll hit you up if anything goes down and we can try to team up against the zombies ;)
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The story is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story "Adjustment Team", and features a smooth-talking congressman whose political future is thrown in doubt by uncontrollable events and the arrival of a mysterious ballerina in his life.

Matt Damon plays David Norris, a former Fordham University basketball player and charismatic United States Congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer named Elise Sellas, played by Blunt, only to find that strange circumstances keep them from becoming romantically involved. Norris discovers forces are at work to keep them apart, and he peels the layers to find out why. The action takes place in various places in Manhattan.

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Director: George Nolfi
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Release Date: 4 March 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Philip K. Dick, George Nolfi
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