During a search for news on all the latest movies, The Adjustment Bureau is one of the titles to pop up. What it is about it that fascinates me, I cannot say. It’s a high-class thriller that, in the end, messes with Free Will. It won’t suit everyone, but beneath its ideals, there is an interesting story.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Film Review
Making a bid for the U.S. Senate is no small task. One has to maintain a certain image and be ready for anything the press might publish. That is exactly what David Norris (Matt Damon) is attempting to do. Despite his many run-ins “Bad Boy” runs ins with the press, he’s overwhelmingly supported by voters. But his luck is about to run out when His latest stunt loses him points, and while prepping his concession speech, he encounters a beautiful woman who changes his life.
She inspires him to give the speech he needs in order to look promising enough for a secondary run in four years. Though she slips away, they have another chance meeting and finally, he learns her name. Before he can pursue her, he is taken against his will by Richardson (John Slattery). This stranger gives him a glimpse into his future. By those who “control” the future, David is warned away from Elise (Emily Blunt). If he doesn’t he’ll not only be diverging form his past, but also running Elise’s future.
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Aside from some immoral content, there’s messaging in the script that is a little bit skewed. It’s also not something that most Christian audiences will appreciate. Before I share more of the logistics of the recurring themes and message, I will say, I do (mostly) end up liking the movie. It’s a departure from normal in my viewing vocabulary, but there’s something that does appeal. Perhaps it’s the look of the film (it kind of takes a forties-era approach) or the acting, whatever it is, it’s entertaining.
More puzzling or perhaps troubling for certain audiences, will be the flawed emotional elements. The film really does feel as though it’s purpose it to play mind games (not just with its characters); and almost to debunk free will.
Some believe that God “pre-plans” lives; that choice is not our own. I don’t. God gave us a free will and its definition is exactly as it sounds. The Adjustment Bureau wants us to conclude that the “higher being” in the movie is a god-like figure, this evident when David has a conversation with an “angel.” These characters are irresistibly engaging (I absolutely love the sparring witty dialogue between Blunt and Damon – the humor in them instantly put a smile on my face). If you’re able to separate the story as nothing but an alternate universe in which villains rule habits, emotions and dictate our time, then there is no harm in seeing this.
The script isn’t bad, but there’s also a few too many things that go against my beliefs. Romance is the biggest player in the movie, more so than a thriller, but you should keep in mind that part of the movie is considered sci-fi. In closing, the voice-over reminds us not to forget what a gift free will is – wise advice. If that’s the only takeaway, it’s an important one. Let’s remember not to take it for granted.
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Content: Elise and David return to her apartment where they spend the night together. Elise is just coming off a three-month break-up and once David walks away, she returns to her ex. Swearing is pretty infrequent for a PG13 but does include GD, sh*t and a misplaced f-bomb. Briefly we learn a man from the past committed suicide. The Adjustment Bureau is PG13.