The Adjustment Bureau (2011)


“We actually tried Free Will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire we stepped back to see how you’d do on your own. You gave us the Dark Ages for five centuries… until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought maybe we just needed to do a better job of teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years we taught you to control your impulses with reason, then in 1910 we stepped back. Within fifty years, you’d brought us World War I, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that point a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn’t fix. You don’t have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will” – Thompson

Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 May 2011 and 14 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A promising politician encounters a group of beings that seem to be helping the world move in certain directions which also involves keeping him away from a woman he has met and feels a strong connection to.

My Take on it – This film works really well largely due to the great concept that they present us with.

The idea that there are beings working in the world in order to keep things “on track” is not a unique one but they do a great job presenting it here.

The special effects are utilized really well here in order to give us the impression that things are moving at a faster pace than they really are and make thing feel even more plausible as to how they might work in the modern world.

The cast is great and Matt Damon is a great choice as the lead because he works really well as a politician who has so much future potential due to his charismatic persona.

Damon and Emily Blunt have great chemistry together which helps make things feel even more believable.

They do a great job explaining how the supernatural aspects of the world work and we get a clear picture of it all.

They do a great job dealing with the issues of free will and divine intervention and manage to show things in an intriguing way while also keeping things moving at a great pace the entire time.

Bottom Line – Great concept that works quite well. The cast is great and allows Damon to really shine largely due to his charismatic persona.  Damon and Blunt have great chemistry together here and make things feel even more believable. The way that they explain everything going on works quite well and keeps things interesting the entire time.  The film deals with the issue of free will and divine intervention in very intriguing ways and keeps things moving at a great pace the entire time. The special effects work really well to keep the story moving at a fast pace as we get to see the way that angels and other beings might actually work in the modern world. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The names of the three main members of the Adjustment Bureau are Thompson, Richardson, and Harry: a play on the term Tom, Dick, and Harry, which is slang for any anonymous persons. Phillip K. Dick is also the writer of the short story the movie is based on. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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