The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Ever thought your journey through life wasn’t planned, leaving it up to fate and fifty, fifty chance? Well for politician David Norris (Matt Damon) he discovers the truth, or a very dark version of what reality might be for the youngest representative. It’s a fascinating set-up that really engages the viewer from the first time we see guys in Trilby’s, something you don’t see much of, unless your bang on trend. These are the guys who have the power to change your life in the subtlest of ways to ensure you follow the plan.
We all have plans which we loosely follow, until life happens and bang you meet someone in, say a bathroom before giving a speech, such as Norris and the gorgeous Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). It’s love at first sight for these two and they don’t have time to find out either. All because of a force that the world is unaware of is pulling strings, complete with books that display the coolest and complex of maps that change with every variable. If only one of The Adjustment Bureau (2011) carried out his order and caused a cup of coffee to spill, we would never have been on this thrilling journey.
Usually sci-fi and romance don’t usually go together as well as they have here, as the big idea of the film is hindered by this relationship. A relationship that most would accept and work around to ensure both people achieve their individual goals. It’s frustrating to watch Norris as he is confronted with the men in Trilby’s who seem to know best, having the power to take it all away from him. They seem like god-like beings who have been sitting on the sidelines of our live forever. Taking the form of Richardson ( John Slattery ), Thompson (Terence Stamp) and Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) with a conscience that just wont settle itself. These are the cool FBI who control our destinies.
What starts off as just another politician out for glory and success, on the way to the white house, finds what’s is more important in life, love and happiness. Becomes a possible conspiracy theory for how we go through life, has our life been manipulated in the smallest of ways to lead us in the directions we are going in. The unusual path of following your heart in politics is followed, putting some heart back into the cynical world that most people are fed up in. In a slick, stylish and fun film that knows what it wants. We know there will be a happy ending, it’s the chase which gets us there which is worth every second. Leaving us with hope and a note of insecurity as we question our own lives, do we have free will? I know the philosophical would argue no, it’s just an illusion, going us choices to take in life. We question the authorities who may have more power than they wish to show the public. Instead we have options which we choose which determine our path. Personally I’m enjoying my ride.