Jul 25, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau Review

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Premise:
David Norris (Matt Damon) has a set path in life. He's a NY Congressman running for US Senate, but because of random chance, he meets a woman named Elise (Emily Blunt) who changes the course of his fate. They were never supposed to meet, and their frequent random meetings by chance anger The Adjustment Bureau (fate-keepers), causing a fight against the odds for these two lovers.


Standouts:
The acting in this film was top notch. I think everyone really pulled out some great work, with such standouts as John Slattery's work as Richardson: a member of the Bureau, and Emily Blunt's infectious personality. A lot of actresses get cast into the swooning love-interest of the hero, but Blunt had so much realism in her fun and giddy schoolgirl behavior that it spoke novels on her character. The plot itself is standout, because it's one of the most original (or rarely done and even rarer done well) stories I've ever seen. It was George Nolfi's first directed piece (though not his first written. Also wrote Ocean's Twelve and Bourne Ultimatum) and it was really all done beautifully. I loved the cinematography, the special effects, and there really wasn't any filler scenes worth cutting. The final thing that stands out in this film is how tough it is to spell Bureau off the top of your head. Come on, man! Think of the bloggers!


My Highlights:
The big chase, anything Harry because he really sucked you in, and Thompson's reason why David Norris and Elise can't be together.


Overall Rating:
If you go into the film expecting a full blown action film, you'll probably give this film 4*'s out of 5. But I dove in after reading it was a mystery-thriller of sorts, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I award this film an outstanding 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 9 *'s out of 10!


When You Should See It:
I think everyone should give this movie a shot, because it's worth water-cooler talk. It makes you feel smart, yet isn't so complicated that no one could follow it or piece things together for themselves. If not #1 on your queue right now, it should definitely be within your next 5!

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