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The Adjustment Bureau

A 2011 movie directed by George Nolfi.

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The Adjustment Bureau Makes You Really Think

  • Mar 11, 2011
Rating:
+5
When you say adjustment bureau, you have to ask yourself what do you mean the movie or the actual collection agency. There is an actual agency that goes after the big boys such as banks, auto dealers, finance companies and any other professional types. But, in this case we are talking about taking time out of our busy schedule to go to the matinee to see the movie Called Adjustment Bureau  starring Matt Damon. You know him, he is the star to all of the Borne Identity Movies. He is the perfect fit when it comes to this type of thriller, chasing scenes, and romantic movie through the streets of New York. This movie is rated PG-13 and will last you 1 hour and 45 minutes. When we saw the previews we were excited at what we had seen and the critics were not too hard on this movie when the criticized it. But, who really listens to them anyway.

This is a movie about fate, and whether or not you believe that you can change it. Does your life run on fate, that is what Matt Damon (David Norris)as a rising and charismatic politician that loses his early lead and is trying to get away from a group of mysterious men are chasing him and trying to make him stay to the script that they had planned out for his life as a politician. After having a chance meeting with a ballerina Elise(Emily Blunt) these guys want to make sure that he does not meet her again, but he does everything to make sure that they can't do it. The mysterious men manipulate his life and destiny, at every turn of his life, and the couple is continually on the run through the streets of New York and end up on Liberty Island. These men want to keep the couple apart since David is a politician and they have already made plans for both of them to be apart, they do not want an incident. No matter where David runs to these mysterious men beat him and are there to his amazement.

David (Matt Damon) keeps trying to see his new love of his life, yet every time that he thinks that he sees her, he just misses her or the mysterious men do something to defer him and put obstacles' in his way. David tries to keep his same routine so that maybe he will get a glimpse of his new love, just when he thinks that he sees her the men from the Adjustment Bureau change his fate to take another turn. But David is persistent and they meet and he will not let her go.

David is finally told that if he should continue to see her that his chances of being the president of the United States and the Elise's chance to be a professional ballerina would be non-existent. He decides to back off a little, so that he does not get Elise hurt and for now he lets her go, but when he see her about a year later David sees that she is going to get married and he must stop the wedding. When David meets Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie)he learns that Harry is his case worker for the bureau and Harry finally fills him in on what exactly the bureau does.  When Harry feels guilty by befriending David, he helps David out in ways that he does not know, he tells him ways that he can get around the Bureau and taking shortcuts to jump ahead of the bureau, instead of them jumping ahead  of David. David continues to beat them to the punch and David and Elise find themselves on Liberty Island and instead of fight the couple the bureau decides to change their plans for the couple.

This movie has the authenticity of being played out in the streets of New York. The music was excellent and the acting was superb. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt make a good team, even though this is rated PG-13 you only have to worry some sexual explicit scenes not any nudity to speak of just some strong scenes. I could only remember one scene where they were embraced together but it did not cross the lines into any nudity.

This is directed by George Nolfi and written by George Nolfi and Phillip K. Dick, these two do an excellent taking you into the world of the inner sanctum of this could be happening and you would not even know it. Just think about it, could someone be manipulating your future, and is there something waiting for you down the road. This movie builds up your anticipation and intensity and kind of leaves you hanging where you have to guess where they are going to end up. This very suspenseful  and I would highly recommend that you see it, five stars. You will not be disappointed.

Recommended:
Yes

Movie Mood: Date Movie
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: Looked complete to me.
Worst Part of this Film: Nothing
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March 24, 2011
Nice review, Harold! Thanks for sharing!
 
March 17, 2011
Thanks, Harold, I've been 'adjusted' to read your review....
 
March 13, 2011
Great review of a great film, Harold! Thanks for sharing :)
 
March 11, 2011
Sounds intriguing! I must go see it this weekend! :-)
 
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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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