Many say finding the right romantic partner is fate, but what if fate has other plans? In The Adjustment Bureau, a rising political star (Matt Damon) meets and falls in love with a woman (Emily Blunt) - but discovers that by being together, both their fates are put in jeopardy.
The Adjustment Bureau is a romantic thriller with a science fiction angle. The movie alludes to, or directly states, the presence of God and God's plan, but in purely non-religious terms. God is the Chairman, his supernatural minions a part of "the adjustment bureau", whose job it is to ensure that humans follow a selected path.
The movie is a surprisingly original romantic tale that poses the question: to what lengths would you go to be with the person you love? The Adjustment Bureau adds a unique tale to that question: to what lengths would you go to be with the person you love if you knew that by being with him or her would cause both your dreams and hers to be ruined?
Damon and Blunt are excellent in their respect roles; they have great chemistry together. The moment the two are on screen together it's clear they were meant to be together; writer/director George Nolfi develops real sparks between the two of them.
The sci-fi angle also adds an entertaining element to the mix; not only is it fun to see the "adjustment agents" play with fate, but Nolfi takes advantage of the weirdness to inject some humor. John Slatter ("Mad Men") takes full advantage, among others.
Unfortunately, The Adjustment Bureau falters toward the end as it tries to wrap things up with a nice little bow. The ending finishes a little too simply to be believable; then again, I'm not sure that any ending would have been believable.
Despite a few flaws, The Adjustment Bureau is an entertaining, well made and original romantic thriller that appeals equally to men and women. It's a rare breed and one that should not be overlooked.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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