REVIEW: The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is one of those films that simply falls into a whole new dimension that one doesn’t always come across when browsing through films to watch. The film became the dawning of a new genre by mixing science fictional stories and background settings with a part-romantic and intense storyline. Before watching the film, it had the immediate approach that it could possibly be a mislead fourth Jason Bourne film, excluding Matt Damon as the leading actor. But considering that the film perhaps was a tad slow to begin with, it felt like a film trapped between a political story and a thriller. However, when the film really got going, the entertainment kicked in and didn’t stop until the ending credits rolled.

In most recent years, we have witnessed a lot of fictional mind-bending stories that features thought-provoking segments involving ways of life and expresses a message. In the case of The Adjustment Bureau, it demonstrates how strong love is and how far you’d go to get the love of your life, even if it means your life to get it. Plus, it questions the viewers whether life as a whole is a game and is determined by fate. Whatever the outcome of it would be, the dialogue of the film is a worthy enough attempt at expanding new storyline ideas regarding how the world works and life itself. Aside from its intriguing concepts within the story, The Adjustment Bureau has a very solid romantic connection between the male and female lead and features intense and incredibly entertaining action with an identical style to previous filmmakers and their feature films.

Any action film involving Matt Damon is going to be solid entertainment, which we previously learned from the intense and exhilarating Jason Bourne trilogy. Damon is one of those actors who can pull off all-round satisfactory performances in films purely for entertainment, but can deliver Oscar-worthy performances. As for his performance in The Adjustment Bureau, as predicted it was interesting but only in very small doses, the David Norris character didn’t feel very realistic as a politician. As far as the action scenes are concerned, it was great to see Matt back in action again. After many great performances in her young career, Emily Blunt is a beautiful shining Hollywood star who once again shows what she is made of. No, her performance isn’t worth of an Oscar nomination as Elise, but it is solid enough for the style of film.

The relationship between David and Elise is special in many different ways, and they bond together so perfectly; such as the sophisticated humour between them and the message that the relationship between the two send out: that you never know who your soul-mate is, where you’ll meet them and when. In fact, the close relationship between the two reminded me of Jason Bourne (ironically played by Damon) and Marie (played by Franka Potente) in The Bourne Identity. So, Damon knows how to give good performances as characters in a very personal relationship. Supporting actors Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Anthony Ruivivar, Michael Kelly and Terrence Stamp all gave solid performances in their respective roles too.

George Nolfi deserves a high-five and a thumbs-up for writing, directing and co-producing such an extraordinary and crafty motion picture. Nolfi brings forth the brilliance in direction within The Adjustment Bureau from other filmmakers in the past, such as Paul Greengrass (Bourne trilogy, United 93) and Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception). As you watch the film, you can tell that those said directors were clear inspirations to him, and helped him progress to make something new. Nolfi had already proved he had a talent as a screenwriter in previous works Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, but The Adjustment Bureau is a very solid starting point for Nolfi as a director and would make directors Greengrass and Nolan proud.

Overall, The Adjustment Bureau is an absolutely brilliant film that expresses what entertainment is all about. This is a small point, but there are some key areas in the film that could make this the start of a new trilogy, and doesn’t seem like it is over just yet. After watching the film, it leaves you questioning on how much your life is really left to fate and chance, and whether we are allowed to make our own choices in our future. The Adjustment Bureau proves itself worthy as one of the most entertaining films of 2011 that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


~ by SJMJ91 on 15/05/2012.

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