Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau - Movie Review

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) 99 minutes C
Two lovers attempt to change their fate while eluding men in fedoras

Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp

When I first saw the trailer for the The Adjustment Bureau about a year ago I was floored! It looked like a smart, intense, romantic action adventure starring two of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. Then the September 17, 2010 release was pushed back to March 4, 2011... Uh-Oh! It turns out that The Adjustment Bureau needed some adjusting and I can see why.

The film wasted a perfectly good love story by wrapping it in a dull, poor man's Inception-like plot (minus the slow motion dreams). The central idea of free will vs predestination is intriguing but executed flatly and somewhat predictably. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called The Adjustment Team, this adaptation feels like a small collage of films that have combined elements of sci-fi with romance to appeal to a boarder audience. By no means is this a bad thing; Damon and Blunt are jive decent and the concept is worth pondering. But the story and the direction falls short.

My recommendation for this one- rental.


Nobo said...

I agree completely! Someone was clapping at the end of the film (They do that a lot in Evanston), and I looked at my friend quizzically, saying "does that really deserve applause?" He didn't waste any time pronounceing it a "steaming pile of horse crap." I was a little nicer about it. I just thought it was forgetable.

Curtis said...

Thanks Nobo. I wanted to like this film, I'm a sucker for a good love story, but other than matt damon (who looked a little pudgy at times?) and emily blunt the film felt VERY lackluster.