The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. 3.0 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
The Adjustment Bureau

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Certificate 12A
Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Action / Adventure
Director George Nolfi
Cast Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp Matt Damon
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date March 2011
Running Time 110 mins
 

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Helen O'Hara

This metaphysical love story/thriller manages the very difficult trick of remaining intriguingly intelligent while unfailingly placing entertainment well ahead of explanation.

04/03/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

He and Blunt have that rarity in modern cinema: romantic chemistry. If you are in the mood for a charming, intelligent love story, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

04/03/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

For those viewers, like me, who relish films with Twilight Zone-like high concepts, The Adjustment Bureau is a mind-bending treat: a science-fiction-tinged, metaphysical love story that bears comparison with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It delivers as a chase movie and a passionate romance, but has pleasingly daft, yet vaguely plausible ideas about destiny and free will... The film could have done with a few adjustments of its own, its main weakness being Damon's passivity as a hero.

06/03/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Based on a Philip K Dick story, the film reworks A Matter of Life and Death with elements of It's a Wonderful Life and shares techniques and themes with Christopher Nolan's Inception.

06/03/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Lansdesman

This is one of those sci-fi thrillers that are silly and make no sense at all (even on their own terms), yet manage to be dramatically engaging. And Nolfi does this without a ton of Inception-style visual gimmicks, relying instead on the huge screen appeal of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

06/03/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Damon is well cast as the conceited, whitebread candidate, troubled by an aversion to his own vocation. Blunt, despite an uncertain Anglo-American accent in the opening scene – it settles into being more or less Brit – wears her role lightly.

03/03/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Think too hard about the film and it’s likely to fall apart. It’s no conceptual Rubik’s cube; rather, it’s a gussied-up spiritual love story. Accept its fundamental silliness and what’s left is very un-Dick: a cosy pleasure.

03/03/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

Nolfi began his career as a writer, which perhaps explains why he tries to keep the action character-driven: the sweet chemistry between Damon and Blunt does at least make their romantic, potentially existence-threatening bond credible. But it could also explain the extreme lack of ambition in how the concept is presented visually.

03/03/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

...a surreal, silly and rather sweet thriller. Damon and Blunt have a natural, funny magnetism...

03/03/2011

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Total Film

Jonathan Crocker

Despite wobbling under the weight of some hefty ideas while straddling two genres, this sci-fi mystery surprises by emerging as a sweet, star-powered romance. It’s not Blade Runner. It’s not Minority Report. It’s worth chasing down though.

24/02/2011

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Variety

Justin Chang

Writer-director George Nolfi's modest mind-bender is certainly headier and more thoughtful than the mainstream dramatic norm. But its fun first hour soon gives way to a leaden, expository approach that unwisely favors emotional stakes over speculative-fiction smarts.

24/02/2011

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The New Yorker

David Denby

The writer-director George Nolfi, by literalizing and supercharging what Dick sketched out, and adding gimcrack history and theology, has made a strenuously silly digital-action film, interrupted by a wheezing discourse about freedom and choice and other such profound matters. “The Adjustment Bureau” works well only at the level of craft.

07/03/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The fantasy might have been tolerable were it generating romantic heat, but stiff-armed Damon and Garfield-eyed Blunt don't animate the written-in-the-stars love match it's supposed to be; it's a put-on, and both seem to know it.

04/03/2011

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