The Adjustment Bureau

Some of us believe that there is a higher power. Not necessarily a religious higher power, but a power that watches over us nonetheless. So what exactly is their job description? What are they supposed to do and see and control? The Adjustment Bureau makes an attempt to leap into the world of the higher power. The world of “It’s out of our control.”

So what if you met someone you fell for at first sight? You know when people ask “Was it love at first sight?” What if it was? And what if you clicked with that person from the moment that you met them and suddenly they were jerked away from you. This higher power, this force, this group of beings that control everyday “happenings”… they take that person away. They tell you that you are not meant to be with that person and they are not meant to be with you.

What do you do? Especially if that person is Emily Blunt looking gorgeous…

Do you cut and run? Or do you stay and do everything in your power to figure out why these… “people” won’t let you be with the one that you love and adore?

The Adjustment Bureau is a romantic science fiction thriller. A movie that takes a politician, David Norris (Matt Damon), and shows what can happen when even the smallest tidbit gets out about someone running for office, and it shows us his life after a failure. Then he meets the alluring Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt).

Blunt is hypnotizing in this movie. She is so attractive and so seductive… how could David help himself? He sacrifices all that he has going for him to be with Elise. I love a good love story. This is a good love story. He puts everything on the line for this woman even though he has Mr. Richardson (John Slattery) breathing down his neck.

Appearing as if he’s just stepped off of the Mad Men set and onto the movie set, Slattery plays the role of the man who appears to be in charge of this whole operation. Not that it is laughable, but the fact that the men in this group wear fedoras makes it possible for them to walk through a door and have it take them anywhere but where it is supposed to take them. It’s kinda neat I guess. It certainly adds to the sci-fi aspect of the film.

Ah, the movies…

Putting a science fiction title on this movie gives it the believability it needs to thrive. I loved the movie. I loved the chemistry between Damon and Blunt. So often we see on-screen couples who appear as though they’ve just met in every scene. In The Adjustment Bureau, we have a scene where the pair meet up some time after the first meeting and they are just as charismatic with one another as they were when they first laid eyes on each other.

Excellent chemistry, good plot, and some interesting turns make The Adjustment Bureau one to see. The ending, however, was not for me. It would be silly for me to ruin the ending for you, but let me just say I enjoyed the film until the end.


5 thoughts on “The Adjustment Bureau

  1. I agree with you on your take on the sci-fi part. I think sci-fi does give the the movie believability it needs. I think it’s a simple story accented by Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s strong performance. I really liked the movie from the beginning to the end. I have read many people saying they are having trouble with the ending, I know you don’t want to spoil it, but if you could, would you care to elaborate what did not work for you? I thought it’s actually a pretty good climax with a satisfying conclusion. Good review on the movie, hope you keep it up!

    • Thank you! I felt that the way it ended was Hollywood’s way of pandering. Hollywood loves to pander. I can’t elaborate too much, but I almost wanted the ending to be the opposite of what it was.

      • I totally understand what you are saying. I am pretty sure they probably had endless test screening to determine the ending. Hollywood pandering is a very interesting subject. Hopefully you would do a post on it someday, and I will be glad to participate and share with you my view on it.

  2. I thought this movie was fun and entertaining, but full of plot holes like nobody’s business. And the ending was the typical (if you haven’t seen the movie stop reading this) “we’ve spent 90 minutes telling you your life is planned, but now we’ve decided it’s not.” Such a cop out. But a fun movie regardless.

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