Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau - 2011

The Adjustment Bureau
Stars:   Matt Damon
           Emily Blunt
           Anthony Mackie
Directed by George Nolfi
Summary: On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)-a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. (via imdb)
Trailers and promo spots for this movie sell you a love story wrapped in a very Bourne-esque action/fight against the powers that be blanket. Throw in the tagline that it's based on a story by Philip K. Dick (the writer behind Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and more) and you've got enough to get me in the seat.
What you get, on the other hand, is something a little different. This movie starts a little slow, builds a little slower, but ratchets up the suspense and love story to a great pitch before it  fumbles miserably 2 yards before the goal line. It just seems to wrap up swiftly and in a disappointingly anti-climatic way. If (spoiler alert) the scenes with the oft-mentioned but unseen Chairman had been shown and some free-will vs plan debate, as was originally planned, I may have been more satisfied. (spoiler done)
As it is, it's a good movie, with a great and intriguing story, great performances and an ending that was lacking the gravitas it called for. All in all, I would suggest waiting for it's Netflix premiere.

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