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Based on a short story by Philip K Dick, George Nolfi’s thriller The Adjustment Bureau is a light-hearted movie starring Matt Damon as David Norris and Emily Blunt as Elise Sellas, two people who meet and fall in love, upsetting the law of fate. It is an entertaining story that explores the themes of fate and free will, none of which should be taken too seriously.
David Norris (played by Matt Damon) is a young congressman with a lot of promise, whose career is jeopardised by an episode of drunken debauchery. Following this episode, his so far successful campaign turns sour and his victory celebration becomes a farewell bid until an unexpected encounter with the beautiful Elise Sellas (played by Emily Blunt), who turns things upside down. Elise Sellas is a free spirited, impulsive and promising ballerina, who meets Norris in the men’s toilets where she’s hiding from the security guards who are chasing her for crashing a wedding. Sellas and Norris have an instant connection and although both have to go separate ways, it was an encounter neither of them was going to forget.
For the rest of the movie, Norris tries to find her again, but is held up by mysterious men ‘the adjustment bureau’, who tell him that he isn’t supposed to meet her again and needs to sop trying to find her. There are a few funny episodes in the movie, where Norris tricks his followers and manages to escape and find Sellas again, but this gets boring after a while.
The idea behind the movie is great, the acting is good and solid and the onscreen connection between Damon and Blunt is unmistakable, yet it doesn’t quite come together and is also a fairly predictable movie. While some of the underlying messages ‘free will versus fate’ and ‘can we really change our ways in life?’, are very interesting questions from a philiosophical stand point, it is not a film that should be taken seriously in any way. The Adjustment Bureau is a good film to watch on a Sunday, but it’s not a must-see in 2011.