THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

Thwarted by a higher power? Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau.
Thwarted by a higher power? Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau.

(12A) 105mins

Director: George Nolfi

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Terence Stamp

AFTER Damon’s recent lead role in the film Hereafter, which proved a total let-down, the square-jawed hero is back with another movie that reveals ‘a higher power’.

Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (as was Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall), this film suggests that there is a large group of people making sure we all act according to a plan. Any alteration to that plan is ‘adjusted’.

So when US politician David Norris (Damon) meets the woman of his dreams in dancer Elise Sellas (Blunt) numerous hurdles are put in his way as this is simply not part of the bigger picture.

What makes this film special is the chemistry between the lead actors. We are asked to believe the two have fallen in love at first sight and it’s a pretty easy request as there is such an easy rapport between them.

The decision not to get too involved with the whys and wherefores of the Adjustment Bureau is also a plus as this could all to easily have turned into something akin to a sermon.

What we do have, though, is a gentle love story and two people’s determination to be together whatever the cost.

Mackie is good as a less than enthusiastic member of the bureau, while Terence Stamp also convinces as one of the senior bureau staffers.

Another vital part of the movie is the beautiful original music from Thomas Newman which enhances the whole project.

I’m prepared to accept that others might find the film complete nonsense but maybe I’m an incurable romantic as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

four out of five stars

Steve Payne

Screening courtesy of Crawley Cineworld.