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The Adjustment Bureau

A 2011 movie directed by George Nolfi.

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The Adjustment Bureau - The Two Jews On Film Think This One Needs Adjusting

  • Mar 3, 2011
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Do we control our destiny or do unseen forces manipulate us? That is the question 'The Adjustment Bureau' asks. The film is based losely on a short story by Philip K. Dick and is directed and written by George Nolfi (co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatium).

Matt Damon plays ambitious New York politician, David Norris. David's just about to become the next Senator from New York, when a photo of him mooning a group of people, is brought to light. David loses the election but winds up meeting a beautiful ballet dancer (Emily blunt) in a Men's Room and...Yes it's love at first sight for both of them. But before David and the hot ballerina can even go out on a first date, a pair of mysterious men (Anthony Mackie & John Slattery) dressed in tailored suits and wearing bowler hats intervene...They kidnap David, take him to a huge garage and handcuff him to a chair. They explain to David that he can never see Elise again...because she's not part of the plan. The men also inform David that if he tells anyone of their existence, they'll call in their goon squad and turn his brain to mush.

For the next three years, David obeys these men in suits and hats, but he hasn't been able to get Elise out of his mind or heart. And as fate would have it, David and Elise meet again. This time he won't let her go. This does not sit well with the men of The Adjustment Bureau. They are determined to split the couple apart...this time for good. But after chasing David and Elise throughout the city, going in and out of way too many doors, putting up obstacle after obstacle to no avail, the men realize they need help...It's time to bring in...The Dark Destroyer...aka...Mr.Thompson, (Terrance Stamp)...a man who is very high up in the chain of command. Now facing overwhelming odds, David must either let go of the woman he loves and accept his predetermined path..or risk everything to defy Fate, go against The Adjustment Bureau, and its Chairman (as the men like to call him) in order to be with his soul mate.

Now the problem with this film is that it's one big hodge podge of styles. From the trailer, I expected to see a SciFi thriller...This was anything but that...'The Adjustment Bureau' is part message movie, part romantic fantasy and part farcial comedy. It's heavy handiness is really apparent when Thompson tells David that we (The Gods?)gave you The Roman Empire, The Renaissance and The Age Of Enlightment. When we allowed you humans free will, you gave us World War 1 and 2, Fascism, The Great Depression, and now you're on the brink of destroying the Earth. So we need to take back your free will. The Two Jews On Film did not give this a lot of bagels. Opens in theaters Friday March 4, 2011
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March 10, 2011
Great review but a disappointment to hear, since I hoped this would be good.
March 10, 2011
P.S. Something very weird just happened with the ratings...I clicked 3 thumbs up, 3 light bulbs, 3 smilies and 3 pencils...and all of the ratings adjusted up 3 to 18...except Fun to Read, so I thought maybe I didn't fully click on that, so I did it again...and it went DOWN! So it should be 18 and not 12. WEIRD! I'm so sorry!
 
March 05, 2011
Excellent review once again guys, great job.
 
March 04, 2011
Hmm....very cool review. I need to come back later and check on the video. At work, vids don't play) Thanks for the review!!
 
March 03, 2011
Thanks for this pre-release review! This movie sounded like it could have been good, especially since I'm a sucker for love movies. This is too bad to hear though. Thanks for sharing!
 
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review by . March 05, 2011
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There is NO Fate But What You Make....But Do We Need Adjustment?
There’s something very familiar and yet it proves to be quite pleasing to the viewer when director/scripter George Nolfi takes on the movie adaptation of Philip Dick’s short story called “The Adjustment Team” and makes it “The Adjustment Bureau”. It has been wrongfully labeled as a sci-fi film, since it is anything but. It has strong themes of spirituality and of existentialism wrapped around romance, paranoia and mystery. Not really sure, it’s almost …
review by . March 17, 2011
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review by . July 09, 2011
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*** out of ****     Whenever I discover that a new Philip K. Dick novel is being adapted into a film, I can't help but be skeptical. Most of the time, I just sit down somewhere and let out a big sigh. This is not to say that I detest the Philip K. Dick-based films; a couple of them are very, very good. It's not particularly hard to get a basic understanding of what the writer had in mind when he wrote the story, especially in K. Dick's case. "The Adjustment Bureau" is the latest …
review by . June 25, 2011
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Other than the Bourne films and Good Will Hunting, I am not much of a Matt Damon fan and the trailers for this film reminded me of "The Forgotten" which was terrible. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised in how much I liked this film. It is kind of a more serious version of Looking for Mr. Jordan with a little bit of special effects thrown in. Damon is a young hotshot who seems destined to win the election for New York Senator. On the eve of the election he does something stupid which …
review by . May 02, 2011
Like Rango, ever since I saw a trailer for this with True Grit I had very high hopes for this movie. In some ways, this movie satisfied my expectations, but in some ways, it didn't. To put it in plain speech, The Adjustment Bureau was not the science fiction epic I thought it was going to be, but it was an entertaining and interesting movie with two strong lead performances and an interesting premise. Like the critics said, it did have some trouble maintaining a consistent tone, seeing as it …
review by . March 15, 2011
Like Rango, ever since I saw a trailer for this with True Grit I had very high hopes for this movie. In some ways, this movie satisfied my expectations, but in some ways, it didn't. To put it in plain speech, The Adjustment Bureau was not the science fiction epic I thought it was going to be, but it was an entertaining and interesting movie with two strong lead performances and an interesting premise. Like the critics said, it did have some trouble maintaining a consistent tone, seeing as it …
review by . March 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         The Adjustment Bureau, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team,” is the most engrossing, intelligent, and stimulating science fiction fable since Knowing, a gem that I personally believe was not given its dues. It takes one of the oldest and most unknowable of humanity’s spiritual quandaries – fate vs. free will – and applies it to a simple but brilliantly executed love story. The result is …
review by . March 11, 2011
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The Adjustment Bureau Makes You Really Think
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review by . March 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Avoid this Fate
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review by . June 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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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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