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The Adjustment Bureau
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Jun 30, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
George Nolfi

Actors:
Matt Damon
Emily Blunt
Terence Stamp

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After the worst defeat of his political career, Congressman David Norris has a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman in the men's washroom. Destined to never meet again, fate brings them together nonetheless exposing David to the supernatural influence of The Adjustment Bureau, the supposed governors of fate who tell him they can't be together.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The trailer for THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU looked interesting but certainly not riveting. I didn't have to review this one in theatres so I didn't bother going to see it. I'm a very big fan of Matt Damon. I was just getting into movies hardcore when him and Affleck were the dynamic duo washing across Hollywood. Damon really impressed me with his serious side in the BOURNE films and I was very disappointed to hear they're re-rolling the franchise without him. Damon's presence here larger than life and he gives a commanding performance as a politician of all things. That said, the speech he gives about the shoe scuffing is epic and left me thinking "Damon for President". This film is surprisingly intelligent, the script well written and the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is nothing short of stellar. I'm happy to say this was much better than I imagined it would be.

Emily Blunt has been hit or miss with people these past couple years. I liked her in THE YOUNG VICTORIA as well as in WOLFMAN (which I didn't think was nearly as bad as everyone else). I loved her character here; from her cynical dialogue to her amazing prowess on the dance stage. I'm not sure how much work she put into training for the role but it was brilliant to behold. For a story that revolves around two people who are destined to be together, these two made me feel it. The last time I really felt that connection was with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in SERENDIPITY (arguably one of the best films of that genre in my opinion).

Aside from the story's love angle, there was the Adjustment Bureau itself and that's where I felt the film fell short. I'm not saying it's a bad idea and I don't want to all out accuse anyone of anything here but I get the impression that maybe J.J. Abrams is watching this somewhere wondering if his royalty check is in the mail. If you're a J.J. fan like me, there's no way in hell you haven't watched FRINGE. And if you have watched FRINGE, there's no way in hell you haven't made the connection between the Bureau agents and the Observers. Both are decked out in suits and hats, both manipulate the people and events around them, both are supernatural in nature. I mean seriously, this was like a FRINGE cross-over movie with a small twist here and there. I'm not sure how I feel about it to be honest, but these days when every idea is milked to the bone and originality seems to be a myth, I'm just a little disappointed that they'd play this one so close to the wire when it comes down to similarities. If you haven't seen FRINGE that's one thing, but if you have, you know what I'm saying.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a clever mix of politics, fantasy and drama that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. The FRINGE angle aside, there are some things that work (the way they use doors is cool) and some things I felt they could do better (their hats...really?). This is a solid Damon vehicle to be sure, so if you're a Damon fan you'll love this and Blunt isn't too shabby either. Now if you're into this sort of premise and you have yet to watch FRINGE, well then, let me be the first to tell you that you've been missing out a damn good show that'll be right up your alley.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Writer/director George Nolfi leads us through the film with a commentary that could have been so much richer had he been joined by Damon and Blunt. Oh, and FRINGE was never mentioned.

Deleted/Extended Scenes: There are seven minutes worth here and the real gem of the bunch is the Henderson/Richardson bit that features none other than Jin Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) for J.J. Abrams' hit series LOST. Coincidence? Hmmm.

Leaping Through New York: Here we get a short look at what makes New York City the fateful center of this film's universe. I've always loved New York.

Destined To Be: Damon and Blunt weigh in on the premise of the film and the chance encounter that brings them both together.

Becoming Elise: Here we go into what Blunt brought to the role both emotionally and physically. She beat out quite a few other actresses to land the role and worked her ass off to make it real.

Previews: There are also a handful of trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Some people may not dig this flick, that is if they're not into "open minded" themes, but for everyone else I think this has a special vibe to it that you'll fall in love with. The ties that bind two people are very beautiful and powerful things and this film will definitely make you cherish what you have.
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9:44AM on 06/30/2011

Fringe?

Complaining that the agents are just like the ones in Fringe seems a little silly? if I'm not mistaken is this story not a Philip K Dick story? Therefore perhaps Fringe has copied Dick? Either way I am a fan of Fringe although I've only finished the 1st season I never once made that connection let alone let it ruin the movie for me. it is your opinion but it just seemed like you were reaching with the complaint.
Complaining that the agents are just like the ones in Fringe seems a little silly? if I'm not mistaken is this story not a Philip K Dick story? Therefore perhaps Fringe has copied Dick? Either way I am a fan of Fringe although I've only finished the 1st season I never once made that connection let alone let it ruin the movie for me. it is your opinion but it just seemed like you were reaching with the complaint.
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9:05AM on 07/06/2011
Well, the agents in Fringe don't do a whole lot in the first season. If you'd watched the second and third season you may have made that connection. Obviously you're not that big a fan of the show or you'd be caught up with the series so making a claim that it's a weak comparison is a tad silly.
Well, the agents in Fringe don't do a whole lot in the first season. If you'd watched the second and third season you may have made that connection. Obviously you're not that big a fan of the show or you'd be caught up with the series so making a claim that it's a weak comparison is a tad silly.