The Adjustment Bureau
David Norris (Matt Damon) is a member of Congress going back and forth from New York who has just lost a bid for a Senate seat. Just before giving his concession speech, he met Elise (Emily Blunt), passionate dance of young people with whom he seems to share a strong connection. Apparently he accidentally fell on her again the next day and it was soon determined to pursue a relationship with her. But when it comes to his office, he met a strange occasion. He is aware of the existence of Adjustment Bureau, a group of beings, who oversees the destiny and make sure that people do not deviate from the straight path. David says he can not see Elise they both love lives unfulfilled. But David is determined to fight for his love, even with all the sky arrayed against him.
The surprising thing about the film, how deep it becomes mundane details of everyday life. The world depicted in the film is a great force deployed to ensure that every life is set on the right track. There are big issues at stake here, fate and free will, but the film gives the highest priority for the small moments. You can change the destiny of a person's red tape, or a short conversation between human beings, we realize that the chemistry. Films like these usually heavy and swollen. Most of its execution, this film is a lively, charming, and quite funny.
The only real trouble in the third act where the rules demand a kind of great movie climax of action. The film, which until then was a charming exploration of the celestial bureaucracy and the immediacy of love, becomes an extended chase sequence inert. And when the chase finally ends, we are confronted with a sequence that attempts to address all major issues with a low disposable speech. Here the film is exposed as a mediocre thriller, the lack of power great enough to do all that convincing running.
But the other parties to continue working, especially the romantic angle. Much of the credit must go to such child, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Both have a real chemistry and charm together with their love story to screen the film gives a solid core to build. Blunt, in particular, is fantastic. He moves so well in the flames of faith in the crash of vulnerability that is difficult to say where one ends and another begins. The supporting actors all seem to have so much fun. John Slattery was born to wear a hat. And Terence brings his particular brand of terror as he walks across the screen.
Adjustment Bureau is a really strange movie. Movies based on stories by Philip K. Dick tend to be either epic blockbuster science-fiction or moody psychological thriller. This film can not stand the strain and science fiction is almost in the background. What we get instead is a rather sweet love story about two people who simply can not stop thinking of others. Around this solid core of romance are many small interesting details and little conversations that follow the rhythms of everyday life. It should be wrong, but it holds together and leaves the audience with a strange film, sometimes clumsy, but ultimately little sweet.