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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Your Future Is About Your Choices...Not Theirs..." - The Adjustment Bureau on BLU RAY.
After the loss of his entire family and an 8-year career-climb as the youngest ever Congressman - US Senate hopeful David Norris is poised for the throne of New York State when a drunken barroom moon with his college buddies years earlier conveniently makes the front page of The Post. Preparing his defeat/concession speech by himself in the men's toilet of a plush hotel -...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clearly, a true love's kiss can reset even the Plan of Plans...
Inspired by Philip K. Dick short story "Adjustment Team", this is a watchable SF film, but nothing more. It could have been better with some more work on the scenario, but clearly this whole thing was made in a hurry and there was not enough time to adjust it...))) Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

This film is about a young...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Your Future Is About Your Choices...Not Theirs..." - The Adjustment Bureau on BLU RAY., 18 Feb 2014
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After the loss of his entire family and an 8-year career-climb as the youngest ever Congressman - US Senate hopeful David Norris is poised for the throne of New York State when a drunken barroom moon with his college buddies years earlier conveniently makes the front page of The Post. Preparing his defeat/concession speech by himself in the men's toilet of a plush hotel - David meets a woman who's crashed a wedding on a dare and is hiding out in the cubicles from Security. Earthy, natural and everything his crafted campaign strategy isn't - the flighty and talented British ballet dancer Elise is a breath of fresh air. He is stunned and smitten after only minutes of electrifying conversation and they quickly launch into a mutually uncontrollable snog...

But mystery men who stalk the top of Manhattan buildings wearing 1940's style Trilby hats and immaculate overcoats - have other ideas. They carry with them books that show every-changing grids and expanding street maps like they're controlling people's lives. They are convinced their all-powerful 'chairman' has decreed that these two people's pathways must not converge no matter what the personal cost. So David and Elise need to be subtly 'adjusted'.

Adapted from another ingenious Philip K Dick story (other adaptations include "Blade Runner", "A Scanner Darkly", "Minority Report" and "Total Recall") - the look of the film is cleverly not futuristic. Director George Nolfi uses glossy uptown locations, clean-lined buildings and real world sets so that it doesn't feel like the mind-bending world of "Inception". And the 'God' angle doesn't get in the way of the story but only adds to it. David's struggle with his heart versus politics is brilliantly handled. His suddenly honest speech to the party faithful about "Phrases that pulled traction with focus groups..." and why his ties and shoes have to have the right colour and the correct mount of scuffing in order to secure the workingman's vote - is properly brilliant writing. Then a dozing adjustment operative (a great part for David Mackie) forgets to spill coffee on Norris' shirt at exactly 7:05 a.m. one morning before he boards a bus to work - and thus begins the dance of David and Elise towards each other as they meet yet again and proper click like before.

As you can imagine with subject matter as ropey as this - it could all have gone horribly wrong in the hands of some 'name' stars that might look good but share no real vibe. But the naturalness of both lead actors goes a long way to making the audience care. There are many moments between them as characters that are genuinely touching - giggling over coffee and mobile phones on the bus - racing each other down a night street in the wet.

Then David stumbles on a mind recalibration in progress in his offices and runs like any scared man would. But he's cornered in a car park by these angels of sorts and is told that not only is his relationship with Elise verboten but if he tells anyone of their existence - he'll be memory-lobotomised (but in a nice way). But love has taken hold of his heart and hers - and they make a run for a future together despite the overwhelming odds.

Will freedom of choice and protecting your soul mate win the day? Well after a few trips to Yankee Stadium and the Statue of Liberty via doors that act as portals and a little help from an angel who feels his assignment is just plain wrong - they might just stand a chance - despite the efforts of a fearsome Terrance Stamp and a bumbling John Slattery (both superbly cast in their parts).

Original issues are a Triple Play package coming with a Blu Ray, DVD and Digital Copy. The BLU RAY 1080p picture is defaulted to 1.85:1 so fills the screen and is visually beautiful throughout. This is a big movie and has those huge production values screaming off every frame. The audio is English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Audio Description Track 2.0, Latin American Spanish and Canadian French DTS. The subtitles are English SDH, Latin American Spanish and Canadian French.

The extras are pleasingly comprehensive too:
1. The Labyrinth Of Doors: Interactive Map Of New York
2. Leaping Through New York
3. Destined To Be
4. Becoming Elise
5. Deleted and Extended Scenes
6. Feature Commentary

"The Adjustment Bureau" is that rare beast- a future-bending Sci-Fi romance blockbuster with heart and warmth and quite possibly two of the most likeable lead actors in the world - both exuding a genuine and believable chemistry.

Chuck away those new clip-on ties and tip an old-fashioned hat at Director George Nolfi - because this is one cinematic door you should definitely open...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars According to the script, 3 July 2011
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Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau is an entertaining sci-fi romantic thriller. It examines the lengths that someone will go to in order to determine the course of their life when fate seemingly dictates otherwise.

Matt Damon plays a New York congressman in the process of contesting an election to become a senator. His plans are thrown off course when he meets a beautiful dancer, played by Emily Blunt. However, while he is keen to embrace his new-found happiness, there are others who are not so elated at this state of affairs. The eponymous Bureau is omnipresent and will stop at nothing to ensure that everything stays tickety-boo.

All the little things that annoy you - the spilled drink, the missed phone call, the lost key - may seem to be minor inconveniences but they are all part of a wider picture, keeping you 'on track'. In fact, anything in life that makes your blood pressure soar is actually there to get you to stop, chill out and go through your daily routine in a spirit of blithe contentment. It's all part of the plan so just accept that there's nothing you can do to change it. Or is there?

In a case of reality imitating art, writer-director George Nolfi's screenplay is a text-book example. The running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes contains a taut three acts that keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace, ensuring everything happens when it should. The film never outstays its welcome and by the end, definitely gives you something to think about. Matt Damon has quietly become a dependable leading man, ably assisted here not just by Emily Blunt but also Mad Men's John Slattery and the ever-watchable Terence Stamp providing the conflict.

For those who need to know, the Blu-ray contains alternate Latin American Spanish and Canadian French soundtracks and subtitles. The bonus features are brief but do include deleted scenes and a commentary by George Nolfi.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The plan, 5 Mar 2011
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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A slow but very well acted, well made, intriguing and original romantic sci fi thriller, and how often do you see one of those? It's based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, and while it's not in the same league as Blade Runner, it's at least as enjoyable as Total Recall and Minority Report. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are on excellent form as the lovers who weren't supposed to meet and Terrance Stamp is very sinister as part of the mysterious adjustment bureau who make sure that everything happens according to plan. You're never quite sure who the mysterious bureau are and that's part of this movie's appeal. They describe themselves as more than human and possess powers and can use any door to transport themselves anywhere they wish and claim to have been watching over the human race since time began and they report to a mysterious chairman who decides fate all according to a grand plan.
The slow pace may put off some, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a very enjoyable film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clearly, a true love's kiss can reset even the Plan of Plans..., 15 July 2014
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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Inspired by Philip K. Dick short story "Adjustment Team", this is a watchable SF film, but nothing more. It could have been better with some more work on the scenario, but clearly this whole thing was made in a hurry and there was not enough time to adjust it...))) Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

This film is about a young congressman, David Norris (Matt Damon), who one day meets in rather unusual circumstances Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a young, very attractive dancer (it is important to precise that she dances ballet - exclusively). This short meeting develops almost immediately into a mutual fascination... Unfortunately, their meeting wasn't supposed to happen and was just an unfortunate glitch in the Great Master Plan of Reality - and this kind of thing calls for an adjustment by a special reality police, if necessary by some extreme measures... And then the film really begins.

This film is actually better than the original short story in which the "hero" was extremely pale, the romance was absent and the ending very anti-climactic. Here we can actually root for somebody and care about what will happen to David and Elise, who are indeed the perfect example of "star crossed lovers" and this film is in fact a kind of "romantic comedy" SF... The film is not excessively long, there are some smart twists and some humour and at the end I was rather pleased with this watching experience.

The film has however also some serious scenario weaknesses which hurt it a lot. Both main characters seem to be not fully designed, as if the scenarist didn't have enough time to finish them. David is actually a kind of pale, uninteresting guy - God knows why he seems to be such a success with voters... Elise seems to be a plucky, perky girl in the beginning but then her character slows down and withers with every next scene - in the second half of the film she barely speaks and when she does, the scenario hardly gives her the opportunity to say something interesting... In the first half an hour of film dialogs are quite honest, but then it changes radically... Also, by moments the whole romance between David and Elise seems a little bit articificial and forced - and let's not even talk about the immensely romantic place of their first meeting...

In a film which is all about rips and wrinkles in the reality fabric you can rightly expect a lot of plot holes and there is indeed a LOT of them - but somehow they don't do so much damage.

You will also definitely never look at people wearing hats in the same way as before you watched this movie...)))

Bottom line, this is a honest film, quite watchable but I would advise to rent rather than buy (as I did), because this is basically a thing to see once. Enjoy!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cause & effect, 14 Jun 2011
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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Matt Damon (Green Zone) plays Congressman David Norris, a young & rapidly-rising star in the world of politics. His life is pretty mono-directional until he meets Elise (Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada), a girl who he falls completely in love with from the moment he sees her - the feeling is mutual & the two chalk it up to destiny. But when the unpredictable Elise pushes David off-schedule and 'off-plan', David stumbles upon the people behind the scenes responsible for his meteoric rise - The Adjustment Bureau.

The Adjustment Bureau control everyone's fate & destiny - attired like the fast-talkers from the 1930s; the trilby, stetson and pork-pie wearing guardians watch over the population ensuring they all follow 'the plan' but David's desire for Elise is not part of that plan and the folks at the bureau are none-too-happy about their romance and will alter David & Elise's reality to stop them being together. Will David's determination overcome fate, even if someone else is controlling that fate?

The Adjustment Bureau is a thought-provoking science-fiction romance movie. I appreciate that's a hell of a strap line but it's an age-old but great concept that the film wrestles with; are our fates predetermined or do we have the ability to change our destiny? The Bureau are the corporate take on Angels ("We've been called that before") with the foot soldiers doing the bidding of "The Chairman" (God).

Matt Damon plays a convincing New-Yorker who won't take 'no' for an answer whilst Emily Blunt provides an endearing performance of Elise, a ballet-focussed free-spirit. Terrence Stamp (Wanted) has a brilliant role as Thompson, a stern member of the bureau who tries to reason with David, explaining the implications (ripples, knock-on effects) of his off-plan choices but the star of the show here is Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) who plays David's guardian angel, convincingly & with tangible compassion.

All in all, the Adjustment Bureau is novel-concept (based on the short story The Adjustment Team by Phillip K. Dick) that will make you think about fate, free-will and the choices we make. Matt Damon's best performance for a while, definitely worth a watch!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting film, 14 Jun 2012
This is a very interesting film. It was not as I expected, and I think that is why it has not got very good reviews. It looks like most people were expecting it to be more bourne identity but it ended up being more made in heaven. If you are going to watch it, throw away any ideas that it is an action film and look at it as more of a romance / love story. Overall I really enjoyed it and found it very thought provoking. If you anjoy films that make you think, give it a go.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars metaphysical thriller, 20 Oct 2011
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rob crawford "Rob Crawford" (Balmette Talloires, France) - See all my reviews
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This was not at all what I expected, i.e. a thriller about some group that was exerting control to some esoteric purpose. Instead, it is a kind of metaphysical thriller, where a talented young politician doesn't fit with the plan and fights very hard to go his own way. It is a nice twist on a totalitarianism that is adaptable and not all that bad in intent, however messy the details are.

On the positive side, the chemistry between Damon (an absolutely first rate actor) and Emily Blunt is amazingly believable. They are riveting on screen, genuinely moving, at least to me. This is one level of the film, a kind of love story against all odds - how can they make it work when everything conspires against them.

So, without playing the spoiler, Damon discovers that he is being "managed", indeed that he has a destiny. He is a remarkable young politician, somewhat rebellious but committed to changing things. He has always felt a certain emptiness, an emotional hole within himself that he is attempting to fill with the "people's love" as he climbs the political ladder. Then, he has a chance meeting with an extraordinary young woman, and enters an adventure that is as indescribable as it is complex and ultimately impossible to limn. He feels fulfilled, which violates the logic of his destiny. Any means will be employed to correct things.

This is a fun film experience, but I don't want to purchase the film, because once you figure out what is happening, you get and won't want to re-experience it. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who the Numpty who siad there was no storyline, 5 Mar 2014
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I have never written a review before but could not believe that someone gave this 3 stars and said there is no story line to it. This is one of the best story lines I have seen in a long while. Love, excitment, science fiction, drama, suspense, the adjectives are too numerous to write here. Don't listen to anyone who says this is not a good film or has no story line, they are quite frankly wrong.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars -- pleasant light entetainment, 7 Aug 2014
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Stanley Crowe (Greenville, SC) - See all my reviews
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A lot of the comments here suggest that the movie is about free will versus fate, and the dialogue within the movie is often cast in those terms, but that's to miss the total arbitrariness with which the so-called "plan" for David's and Elise's lives can be itself adjusted. There was an earlier plan -- let's call it Plan A -- that was superseded by a later version -- let's say Plan B -- but for some reason, or more likely no reason, bits of Plan A are still included in the Plan B planning book. Why? Well, the bureau is short-handed and can't keep tabs on everybody all the time (as one agent admits to David), and to make matters harder for the bureau, a degree of physical proximity is necessary if an agent is to take action to keep a person on track. Making it even harder, dry weather is needed, for water seems to fog up the power that the agents have in their pursuits. What they have going for them is an intricate passage of shortcuts that only they know, though only when they're wearing their hats. I'm not making this up!! And we learn by the end that perhaps even Plan B can itself be over-ridden, or adjusted, or rewritten. The motive for -- or "telos" of -- the Plan(s)? Not even the agents know -- that's for the Chairman to know and the agents to implement. And the Chairman can change his mind.

Is it clear from what I've said that we're pretty close to the realm of farce here? Lots of crazy running around, and going through doors -- the one into Yankee Stadium was my favorite -- and not really a sense that a whole lot was at stake. This is light entertainment, and none of the Fate/Free Will stuff is to be taken remotely seriously -- heck, even the agents don't really know what they're doing. So the viewer goes along for the ride to see how this very pleasant young couple will finally get together and stay together. Matt Damon, always an appealing actor, is fine as David, a rising political star. Emily Blunt, engagingly direct and not plastic-pretty, is Elise, a rising dancer. They meet apparently by chance, although the meeting was actually part of Plan A that mistakenly got left in Plan B . . . . you get the idea? David, unlike most of us, finds out about the Plan and is warned off the woman he loves. Well, that's not going to work . . . and the fun of the movie is how these people try to get together again, with a lot of people running after them trying to stop them.

The action is well-filmed, the supporting cast includes John Slattery and Anthony Mackie as agents, smooth and soulful respectively. Terence Stamp is Thompson, a nastier, more senior agent, and how an actress of Jennifer Ehle's caliber ended up playing a barmaid in two short scenes, I don't know -- but there she is. As for the overall effect -- just don't over-think it (for it doesn't raise questions coherently) and enjoy the thrill of the chase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this film, 9 Jun 2014
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This is one of my absolute favourite films ever. It is the perfect balance of action and romance, Emily Blunt is perfect in it and the story is completely original and rather fascinating. I could watch this over and over again, and the steelbook makes it extra special.
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