David is an upwardly mobile politician with promise of a great future when he becomes enchanted by Elise, a beautiful ballerina with an equally promising future. David quickly learns there are forces working to keep the two apart. Digging into the cause David learns there is more to things than he ever expected.
Matt Damon (David), Emily Blunt (Elise), Michael Kelly (Charlie), Anthony Mackie (Harry), John Slattery (Richardson).
The Adjustment Bureau is an interesting film based on the Philip K. Dick sci-fi short that presents as a cross between City of Angels and Men In Black. The film starts with some scattered background and plot setup before the plot begins to unfurl. It is hard to say much about the plot without spoiling the film but the concept used is quite entertaining, as is the ending which throws everything the film has just made you believe out the window.
Acting was pretty good with Damon almost delivering a genuine performance. Blunt played well against Damon and carried a lot of the film. Mackie did a wonderful job with very nice presentation throughout. Slattery fit his role well and also presented nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done and the film had a solid, authentic feel. Effects, both physical and CGI, were nicely done and supported the film well. Physical stunts were particularly well done and the film apparently had a good budget. Dialogue was solid while sound and soundtrack were pretty good.
Overall The Adjustment Bureau is a very entertaining film with a fairly unique plot that resonates with the desire to understand destiny. Those who like sci-fi and romance mixed together will enjoy this one a lot with those who like the specific genres next in line. People who insist on reality will dislike this one quite a bit.
With some foul language, violence, and mild sexuality this one should be fine for teens and above.
The Adjustment Bureau is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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