‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is a movie starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart and Anthony Mackie. The movie was written and directed by George Nolfi and based on the short story by Philip K. Dick. I wanted to love ‘The Adjustment Bureau’- the premise and trailer for the movie looked exciting and some people had raved that the twists and thrills in the movie were better than ‘Inception’. They lied.
‘The Adjustment Bureau’ had an unbelievable plot that centered around characters that it was hard to care about in a movie that was about 30 minutes too long. Running at only 1 hour and 39 minutes, the movie wasn’t a long one in-of itself but the plot wasn’t expanded much from the short story to even warrant that amount of time.
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt did have a certain chemistry in the movie, but unfortunately Emily Blunt’s character wasn’t really likable. Or her mannerisms and facial expressions didn’t help the audience to fall in love with her as much as Matt Damon obviously did. The premise of the movie was also off-track. Basically the movie was about men who were quasi-angels (there were no women in the bureau), who worked for ‘The Chairman’ (was the Chairman God?) who made sure that people’s life went as planned. So basically the message of the story was human beings have no free will unless they break the mold of life and fight hard for want they want.
The story didn’t resonate with me and annoyed me in a number of ways. Also, a lot of the acting was stilted and wooden and I felt like I was in a preaching ‘Bourne’ movie with all the running scenes. The movie had potential to be something pretty good but it never really left the starting block.
‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is a wait until it comes out on DVD movie for me.
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