Running time: 105 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 12A
UK Release date: 4th March 2011
Watched at the Cinema Saturday 5th March 2011.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
Based on a short story called ‘The Adjustment Team’ by Philip K. Dick, the ideas behind this film intrigued me from the moment I first heard about it. Imagine a world where your fates are determined for you and if you stray from your prescribed path, an adjustment is made to put you back on it. The ‘people’ responsible for making the adjustments are, of course, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. Now you know that, I can write a brief summary (summary haters and those that don’t wish to know anything about the plot please try on some stylish hats while I write the next paragraph).
This is a very well made film with some great special effects, but it is the story that drives the action and not the other way around. It is very much a love story, but a love story with a rather cunning twist and one that I very much enjoyed. All of the leading cast are excellent; Matt Damon as David Norris, Emily Blunt as Elise Sellas, John Slattery as Richardson, Michael Kelly as Charlie Traynor, Anthony Mackie as Harry Mitchell and Terence Stamp as Thompson.
I love the premise of this film and, although I enjoyed it very much, I felt there was a little too much focus on the love story and not enough on the bureau. Maybe it’s just me, but I never really felt there was enough chemistry between the two lovers to warrant the effort put in by the David Norris character. In the end though, it’s a perfectly watchable entertaining film, without being particularly mind-bending or spectacular. Better than average and recommended.
My score: 7.2/10
(RT = Rotten Tomatoes)
IMDb Page: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1385826/
RT Page: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/adjustment_bureau/
Official Site: http://www.theadjustmentbureau.com/