The Adjustment Bureau
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David Norris (Matt Damon) glimpses the future Fate has planned for him...and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved (Emily Blunt).
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If you have had things happen to you that are, shall we say, unexplained, AND you noticed that what happened doesn't fit, you might actually believe that this could be true. Maybe some unexplained happenstance occurred to the author which prompted him to write this screenplay. Don't worry, NO ONE will ever believe it. And keep it to yourself!!! That phone call that doesn't go through at a critical time, Bumping into someone, the voice inside your head that suddenly pushes you to do something that you would otherwise never, ever do, but somehow, some way, you instinctively just do it. And something consequential happens because of it. I say Screw Fate, SCREW the Chairman, use your free will and just watch the movie. It just might be the thing that changes how you view-- EVERYTHING. And no I'm not a relative of anyone involved in the movie whatsoever. It's worth seeing.
With this premise in mind, the movie opens with David Norris losing the election for United States Senate. He goes into the mens bathroom to rehearse his concession speech. Elise is in the mens bathroom hiding from security. She makes David laugh and inspires him at a crutial moment in his life. They were "fated" to meet. But, they are never "supposed to" meet again.
Later, David is on his way to a new job. The "free will police" are "supposed to" make him spill his coffee by 7:05 AM, so that David will miss the bus and therefor also miss seeing Elise. They fail. David is to discover that the people who determine "fate" are a powerful group, don't enjoy being thwarted, and have ways of making you comply with the Chairman's "plan." David and Elise will use coincidences, guile, and devotion to fight against predestination in this Harry-Potter-meets-Big-Brother film, modeled on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team." The ending is not what you'll expect.
Stars: Matt Damon from "Good Will Hunting" and Emily Blunt from "The Devil Wears Prada"
Genre: Action, Romance, Science Fiction
Inspiration: 1954 short story by Philip K. Dick titled "Adjustment Team"
This movie has a slow build-up to the major plot line. The first ten minutes introduce the characters, but do nothing to explain the predestination and fate complexities that later plague David and Elise. Based on those first ten minutes, a viewer would believe the movie is a political romance, and that is not close whatsoever. Pay attention throughout to catch the subtleties of the plot; once those first ten minutes have passed, the movie is packed with scenes that you don't need to miss in order to keep track of the rules of how the Adjustment Bureau ("Free will police") work.
I have recommended this movie to family and friends many times. Reactions have ranged from "WOW!" to "thought-provoking," but all have been positive. Each time I have a chance to watch this film with someone, I do. Again and again, the movie reveals something new to me through the eyes of another person. I still recall the first time. The last half hour was full of unexpected craziness, and the conclusion wass nothing I would have predicted.
The religious undertones have various interpretations. A person can watch the movie simply for fun, or one can scan the dialog and inferences for hidden meaning. Researching the original "Adjustment Team" story will help in the determination of the movie's possible underlying message.
Read the original Philip K. Dick short story in...
Adjustment Team and Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick
Another movie based on a Philip K. Dick short story is...
Minority Report (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)