The Adjustment Bureau

Stars: ★★★★

Year: 2011

Country: USA 

Director: George Nolfi

Cast: Matt Damon (David Norris), Emily Blunt (Elise, David’s love interest), John Slattery (Richardson), Anthony Mackie (Harry Mitchell)

Genre: Science Fiction – Thriller – Romance


Have you ever wondered whether you’re the one who decides the course of your life? Or is it all set up already? Do you believe in free will or destiny? Or… something in between? Well, that is exactly what The Adjustment Bureau deals with. But apart from making us squeeze our brains trying to find an answer to all these existential questions, the movie entertains us with a game defying the impossible and resembling, maybe, that one of Inception.

Matt Damon is this time David Norris, an aspiring New York senator who, in the middle of his campaign, comes across a beautiful British ballerina and falls for her. The thing is, he was not supposed to fall in love with this girl, because that would totally deviate the course of the plan. The plan of his life, but also the plan of the whole humanity. Now there’s people determined to do whatever it takes to fix that deviation and get everything going according to what has already been written. Will David be able to change his destiny? Or is it beyond his control?

This movie thrilled from the very beginning. It was highly entertaining and it made me feel as desperate as David when he was trapped in this plan and could find no way out. Matt Damon doesn’t let us down with his performance and the chemistry with his love interest (played by Emily Blunt) is palpable. Besides, I find the film’s whole idea really original.

There are only a couple of things in the movie that don’t convince me. One of them is the ending. It’s not that I think it is a bad ending, but I was expecting something else (I can’t explain myself better because I would have to tell you too much and I’d probably spoil many things to those who haven’t seen the movie). I also think that some rules in this destiny game (I don’t know how to call it) are kind of ridiculous.  For instance, “you have to wear a hat to make it work” or “water limits our powers”. They seem to me like random inventions just to fill some holes in the plot. But still, these are just minor details that actually don’t ruin the movie’s charm.

Though I don’t think The Adjustment Bureau is anything so spectacular, I liked it a lot and I thoroughly recommend it. Time flies when watching it and before you know it, the credits are rolling already. ☜

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– Written by GuadiRC –


7 Responses to The Adjustment Bureau

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  2. Ipodman says:

    Nice review! I like this movie too, and I agree that some of the “rules” could have been cut down… like the water or the hats, but I guess these are the things that are too complex for normal humans to understand! 😀

  3. Bluej says:

    really nice review! I love how you began! I also really enjoyed this movie..the premise was so cool and you didnt really know what was going to happen till the very end so it was very cool!

    • fictionworms says:

      Thank you Bluej! 😀
      It was indeed a very good movie, and you’re totally right, while watching it I had no idea what the end was gonna be like. But most of all, I find it super original 🙂

  4. Nostra says:

    I didn’t like this one as much as you did. It was just a simple love story and the threat of the Bureau somehow just didn’t convince me. Gave it a 6/10.

    • fictionworms says:

      The same as you, I don’t think the whole Bureau thing was that well wrapped, but I liked it anyway. Besides, I’ve always wondered about free will and destiny, so it was very interesting to see this movie’s “theory”.

      BTW, thanks a lot for passing by! 😉

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