Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau

3.8 9
Director: George Nolfi, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie

Cast: George Nolfi, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie

     
 

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The budding romance between a rising U.S. congressman and a gifted ballet dancer is unexpectedly complicated by otherworldly forces seeking to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of reality in this high-concept sci-fi thriller based on a story by famed author Philip K. Dick. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising New York

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The budding romance between a rising U.S. congressman and a gifted ballet dancer is unexpectedly complicated by otherworldly forces seeking to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of reality in this high-concept sci-fi thriller based on a story by famed author Philip K. Dick. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising New York congressmen whose everyman charisma has earned him a loyal following among locals. One night, after suffering a crushing political defeat, David is rehearsing his concession speech in a hotel bathroom when out of a stall wanders Elise (Emily Blunt), who was hiding out from security guards after crashing a wedding. The chemistry between David and Elise is instant and electric. But as fast as she appeared, Elise has vanished, leaving David to wonder if he will ever see her again. A few days later, as if by chance, David is boarding a bus for work when he spots Elise in a window seat. Though he manages to get her number this time, David is terrified when he arrives at his new job and discovers a mysterious group of men performing an unusual procedure on his paralyzed co-workers. Informed by the imposing and sharp-dressed Richardson (John Slattery) that he has just seen behind a curtain that few will ever know even exists, David agrees never to tell anyone of their encounter or talk to Elise again lest his entire memory be completely erased. But three years later, when David spots Elise walking down the street from the window of a city bus, he can't resist the urge to rekindle their romance. Unfortunately for the two young lovers, the mysterious agents at the Adjustment Bureau are determined to keep them apart at all costs in order to ensure there is no deviation from the master plan drawn up by "The Chairman" for the future of all humankind.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
In his feature directorial debut, The Adjustment Bureau, screenwriter George Nolfi (Ocean's Twelve, The Bourne Ultimatum) may well have discovered the formula for the perfect date movie. By striking a particularly skillful balance between heart-fluttering romance and heady sci-fi thrills, this mind-bending tale of forbidden love in a world devoid of true freedom offers something genuinely engaging for men and women alike, and blankets it all with a sugary sprinkle of self-conscious humor that perfectly offsets the heavier themes of fate versus free will. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a rising New York congressmen whose everyman charisma has earned him a loyal following among locals. One night, after suffering a crushing political defeat, David is rehearsing his concession speech in a hotel bathroom when out of a stall wanders Elise (Emily Blunt), who was hiding out from security guards after crashing a wedding. The chemistry between David and Elise is instant and electric. But as fast as she appeared, Elise vanishes, leaving David to wonder if he will ever see her again. A few days later, as if by chance, David is boarding a bus for work when he spots Elise in a window seat. Though he manages to get her number this time, David is terrified when he arrives at his new job and discovers a mysterious group of men performing an unusual procedure on his paralyzed co-workers. Informed by the imposing and sharp-dressed Richardson (John Slattery) that he has just seen behind a curtain that few will ever know even exists, David agrees never to tell anyone of their encounter or talk to Elise again lest his entire memory be completely erased. Three years later, though, when David spots Elise from the window of a city bus as she walks down the street, he can't resist the urge to rekindle their romance. Unfortunately for the two young lovers, however, the mysterious agents at the Adjustment Bureau are determined to keep them apart at all costs in order to ensure there is no deviation from the master plan drawn up by "The Chairman" for the future of all humankind. Starting out firmly rooted in reality, then gradually introducing the more fantastical elements as the plot picks up the pace, The Adjustment Bureau draws us in with the chemistry of its two capable leads, then lets us root for them as otherworldly forces endeavor with all of their might to drive them apart. The more that charm gives way to menace, the more Nolfi's screenplay begins utilizing a tantalizing series of vague clues to let us know whom the Adjustment Bureau serves, and how they operate. From the mysterious books carried by the agents to the stylish hats that adorn their crowns, Nolfi continually drops subtle hints to prime our imagination as the stakes grow increasingly higher. The key scene early in the film that finds David Norris mistakenly catching a glimpse of the Adjustment Bureau hard at work offers a highly effective blend of humor and creepiness, culminating in a confrontation that reveals just enough about the organization's mysterious motivations to set the main plot into motion. Once that happens, the action shifts into high gear and only pauses to let us know precisely what's at risk should Norris resist his orders from a higher power. Later, when the Bureau decides to bring in their secret weapon, all bets are off. At a point in both of their careers when Damon and Blunt appear to be tempting overexposure, The Adjustment Bureau offers compelling proof that their successes are well deserved. This becomes particularly evident during one pivotal scene in which a member of the Adjustment Bureau observes that Harry and Elise were meant to be together in "an earlier version of 'The Plan.'" Thanks to strong performances by both, this concept comes through powerfully from the moment they first meet -- well before that line is even spoken. Likewise, the deep-rooted friendship between David and Charlie (Michael Kelly), his main campaign aide, also comes off as endearingly authentic, while John Slattery's imposing presence adds a palpable sense of urgency to the whole affair, and Anthony Mackie plays up the more sensitive side of The Chairman's hat squad in a way that lets us know they do indeed have a conscience. Veteran actor Terence Stamp displays an intense sense of gravity as Thompson, the Bureau member who's called in when all else fails, and an all-star cast of political and pop-culture cameos convincingly places the action against a contemporary backdrop. Though it's likely that some detractors may cite the screenplay's staunch refusal to explicitly spell out the larger-scale consequences should Harry and Elise remain together as an insurmountable oversight, a revealing speech by Thompson concerning The Chairman's approach to free will hints that the couple's affair could in fact alter the course of human history, effectively launching the film's romance factor into the stratosphere while giving us just enough detail to draw our own conclusions. For those who don't mind using their imaginations to connect the dots, The Adjustment Bureau offers a fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride directly into the tunnel of love.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
UPC:
0025192060571
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
11,265

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes ; Leaping through New York ; Destined to Be ; Becoming Elise ; Feature commentary with writer/director George Nolfi

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon David Norris
Emily Blunt Elise Sellas
Anthony Mackie Harry Mitchell
John Slattery Richardson
Michael Kelly Charlie Traynor
Terence Stamp Thompson
Lisa Thoreson Suburban Mom
Florence Kastriner Suburban Mom
Phyllis McBryde Suburban Neighbor
Natalie Carter Suburban Neighbor
Captain Gregory P. Hitchen U.S. Coast Guard Officer
Darrell James LeNormand Upstate Farmer
Kar Political Consultant
R.J. Konner Political Consultant
Susan D. Michaels Reporter
Gregory Lay Albert, Campaign Aide
Lauren Hodges Robyn, Campaign Aide
Amanda Mason Warren Senior Campaign Aide
Anthony Ruivivar McCrady
Sandhi Santini Norris Supporter
Laurie Dawn Norris Supporter
Christine Lucas Christine, Charlie's Assistant
Jim Edward Gately Man in Madison Square Park
Don Hewitt Bus Driver
Venida Evans Bus Passenger
Kyoko Bruguera Bus Passenger
David Gregoire Bus Passenger
Julie Hays RSR Receptionist
Fabrizio Brienza Miller
David Bishins Burdensky
Kate Nowlin Junior Partner
Rob Yang Junior Partner
Jennifer Ehle Brooklyn Ice House Bartender
Johnny Cicco Johnny from Red Hook
Pedro Pascal Maitre D' Paul De Santo
Michael Boyne New Leaf Waiter
Sarah Bradford New Leaf Waitress
Peter Epstein Taxi Driver
Brian Haley Police Officer Maes
Kirsty Meares Police Sergeant
Laura Kenley Onieals Waitress
Jessica Lee Keller Lauren, Elise's Best Friend
Donnie Keshawarz Donaldson
Kieran Campion Donaldson's Aide
Sandi Carroll Orthopedic Surgeon
Shane McRae Adrian Troussand, Elise's Fiancé
Meghan Andrews Cedar Lake REceptionist
Sandra Berrios Court Registrar
David Alan Basche Thompson's Aide
Joel de la Fuente Thompson's Aide
Mike DiSalvo Thompson's Aide
Dina Cataldi DMV Clerk
Paul DiPaola Courthouse Security Officer
Jason Kravits New Yorker in Courthouse Lobby
Peter Jay Fernandez County Clerk
Lawrence Leritz Court Officer
Peter Benson Bureau Headquarters Staff
Leroy McClain Bureau Headquarters Staff
Brit Whittle Bureau Headquarters Staff
Wayne Scott Miller Bureau Headquarters Staff
Lorenzo Pisoni Bureau Headquarters Staff
Bart Wilder Bureau Headquarters Staff

Technical Credits
George Nolfi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Bederman Co-producer
Bill Carraro Producer
Stephen H. Carter Art Director
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Michael Hackett Producer
Isa Dick Hackett Executive Producer
Eric Kripke Associate Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Moore Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
Joel Viertel Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Adjustment Bureau
1. Chapter 1 [6:37]
2. Chapter 2 [7:39]
3. Chapter 3 [6:40]
4. Chapter 4 [7:36]
5. Chapter 5 [2:35]
6. Chapter 6 [4:10]
7. Chapter 7 [3:36]
8. Chapter 8 [4:07]
9. Chapter 9 [8:27]
10. Chapter 10 [6:57]
11. Chapter 11 [2:17]
12. Chapter 12 [1:23]
13. Chapter 13 [5:16]
14. Chapter 14 [4:28]
15. Chapter 15 [2:12]
16. Chapter 16 [5:34]
17. Chapter 17 [4:23]
18. Chapter 18 [5:48]
19. Chapter 19 [5:53]
20. Chapter 20 [3:00]

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The Adjustment Bureau 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
OhWell More than 1 year ago
In this movie, there were very few things done wrong. The strongest part of the entire film was the acting, most notably Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. They were perfect in their parts, natural and charasmatic, with an almost tangible chmistry between their characters, helping you believe that they really are meant to be together and you root for them the whole time. You become invested in the story easily. I saw it in theaters and thought it was amazing. I really don't remember any plot holes, but after reading some other stuff on the internet, any holes can be accredited to open-ended storylines, or intentional breaks in the story to help along the premise of a more than normal agency running things. Smartly done, and the cinematography is marvelous. The main draw, however, does lie within the characters of David and Elise. They drive along the story. An amazing film. Will definitely buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a pretty good movie. Pretty cute. At first, I though their romance was budding a little too quickly until the story progressed and the audience is notified of the reason. But yeah, it was good :)
C_ab More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. It kept me guessing. And the ending is such a great twist.
ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
Damon and Blunt write the book for on-screen chemistry. I would have watched them wash windows together for two hours. A clever film about staying within the so-called flow of your life, or taking the huge chances your heart wants. Plot cut-off a little too soon, bad guys 'badness' not quite fleshed out, but I loved the empowering concept. This is one of those movies that gets better on the re-watches. Someone must have studied Bill Clinton's trajectory when they wrote Damon's character.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good movie even though artistic license was used to change the storyline from the short story. The cast was good, especially the men in black gear and Harry Mitchell. Enjoyed the adventure into another world.
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