I was delighted when I found out that I would be able to participate in a special pre-screening for the upcoming suspense drama, The Adjustment Bureau. I had seen the previews of this film several weeks ago and knew instantly that I wanted to see it when it came to the theaters—mostly because it starred Jason Bourne, er, Matt Damon whom I absolutely love.
The film takes place in present day New York City as political phenom David Norris (Matt Damon) is running for the U.S. Congress. He meets the beautiful modern dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) in a chance encounter, and their lives are therefore interlocked and intertwined through fate, chance, and circumstance, much to the chagrin of The Adjustment Bureau. The Adjustment Bureau is just that—it is a sort of “higher power” that fixes our lives so that they follow a certain course. But all hell breaks loose when fate and the course is challenged by Norris and Sellas, who want to be in charge of their life’s course.
I won’t give away too many details, but this movie is fantastic. Unlike Inception, which leads you through a intricate maze that takes several views to understand, The Adjustment Bureau shows you the peaks and valleys that the characters have to go through in order to take on the Bureau. It’s romantic, thrilling, action-packed at times, and even has great comedic timing. Damon and Blunt have a certain chemistry that makes you believe they were meant to be together. This is the type of connection that was void in last year’s flailing film, The Tourist. Where Depp and Jolie tank, Damon and Blunt shine.
What’s more is co-star Anthony Mackie, who is riveting and believable as the Bureau’s conscience, Harry. Mackie is likable and is the voice of reason in a film that can be hard to believe. His performance in this movie should be heralded as he is proving himself to be an actor to watch.
The Adjustment Bureau hits U.S. theaters Friday, March 4th. I highly suggest this movie which is a perfect flick for date night—it’s got intrigue, love, and plenty of action.
The movie is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called “Adjustment Team”.