Monday, August 05, 2013

Film: The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is an enjoyable movie that misses out on the opportunity to be an excellent movie. The central idea behind the story is that a powerful force of agents (who work for the 'Chairman') exist behind the scenes and spend their time intervening in our lives around the edges and tweaking our everyday decisions in order to twist the fates to match up to a grand plan.

The problem with the movie is that Matt Damon's character, David, finds out about the agency and how they shape reality, and yet his objectives never seem to run much past doing whatever it takes to stay together with Elise, played by Emily Blunt. This runs against the grain of the Adjustment Bureau because they need to be kept apart to stay on track per the Chairman's agenda.

Sometimes a film wisely leaves a question unanswered but this time around not learning anything about the Adjustment Bureau or the Chairman unfortunately lends nothing but a hollow tone to the movie. It's a fun watch but it just doesn't quite fill out toward the end.


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