Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) [PG-13] ****

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising young political star from New York who is, unfortunately, losing his first bid for the U.S. Senate. As he practices his concession speech, he meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) a lovely young modern dancer, with whom he has an instant, passionate connection. But Destiny seems to be conspiring to keep them apart. And when he is abducted by Richardson (John Slattery) and his black-suited team from the Adjustment Bureau, David learns that there is a grand plan, and if he and Elise are both to realize their potential as individuals, they cannot be allowed to bond.

At first David is willing to abide by the plan, but his attraction to Elise is too strong, and as he continues to pursue her, Thompson (Terence Stamp), Richardson's superior, takes over the case, explaining to David about Free Will, and its limits on Earth. Then David learns from Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie), a sympathetic member of the Adjustment Bureau, that Elise is going to marry. David realizes that he is about to lose his one chance for happiness with the only person he has ever truly loved. With Harry's help, David must navigate the Adjustment Bureau's secret labyrinth of passageways in the city and reach Elise before the Adjustment Bureau can separate them forever.

This pulse-pounding romantic, sci-fi thriller features a terrific cast, a suspenseful screenplay, tight direction, mood-setting costumes and sets, and great chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. If you enjoyed films like The Bourne Identity, The Illusionist or Inception, you'll probably enjoy The Adjustment Bureau. [Blogger's rating: ***** out of 5 stars]

Labels: romance, sci-fi, space-time, thriller 

Internet Movie Database 
Metacritic 60/100 
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=66, viewers=70) 

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