The Adjustment Bureau - Review

Only recently i have heard about Matt Damon's newest flick "The adjustment bureau". It was my sister who told me about the trailer of this movie. The trailer didn't have that "i am hooked feel" to it, but nevertheless i was curious enough to give it a watch.

The plot:
Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he's ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)-a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself-the men of The Adjustment Bureau-who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path or find a way to resist the adjustment bureau.

The idea of a large group of men controling everybodys fate is pretty clever. The men working for the adjustment bureau feel very much like tha agents from the matrix movies, controling the protagonists move and wanting him not to think or talk about them. It's an interesting and creepy fiction but it never lives up to its full potential. I don't want to spoil the movie for you so i will talk about the negative aspects in the spoiler section of the review.

A big thing that distinguishes the adjustment bureau dudes from the matrix agents is that it is never really explained who or what they are. This may or may not be a good thing.
The story and "technology" of the adjustment bureau is very...veeeeeeeeery mysterious and underlines the fact that those dudes most definately are no human beings. The stuff they pull off in this flick could only be explained scientifically if that world was in the matrix but anyway.
One of the biggest flaws of this movie is the fact that it evolves a bit too much into an "egoistic" romance. Matt Damon is totally focused on getting to that one girl but seems to not care at all that THE ENTIRE FREAKIN WORLD IS CONTROLED BY SOME UBER-FORCE!!! He constantly is like "omg the world is totall controled and humans have no freedom at all?...whatever where's my girl?"

The fact this entire thing is way bigger than Matt Damon's little love problem seems to completely slip his mind. Except this, his quest to find a way to get together with his girl and "hide" from the adjustment bureau is very interesting.

It's obvious that the idea itself is the biggest star of this flick. But Matt Damon and Emily Blunt pull off pretty convincing performances. The chemistry and their relationship (except for its beginning) feel believable and are acted well enough. The rest of the supporting cast on the other hand feel pretty weak in comparison.

Although the movie has some nice ideas, it has just as many flaws/ negative aspects in my opinion.
Now let's get to the nip-picking:


- Who the fuck are those adjustment bureau dudes?? I already said that this is never told or explained throughout the entire movie but they most definately are angels or dudes working for god. The "technology" that the bureau dudes take advantage of isn't scientifically explainable in anyway so they just HAVE TO BE GOD'S HENCHMEN! And if you include GOD into all of this...there is serious believe that god must be a complete asshole!

- The romance between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt might be believable in the further course of the film but the beginning is just forced: They just fuckin talk about nonsensical shit and don't know jack about each other and then all of a sudden in the next second they are making out. WTF?! I am calling slut on this one! For a girl that seems to be worth a relationship i expect a bit progress.

- The adjustment bureau dudes are able to enter doors who lead them to any place they want (matrix reloaded style). In the first scene when Matt Damon finds out about their existence they can easily control where the door will lead them. So when Matt Damon is running away from them in the showdown, why the fuck isn't Matt Damon able to control where the door will lead him?

- In the first scene when Damon find about the bureau dudes, he also encounters them FREEZING TIME!!!...DUDE THEY CAN FREEZE TIME!!! They can literally do anything with that power!!! During all of the chases did they forget that they can FREEZE TIME!!?!?!?! Those must be god's most retarded henchmen EVER! And why the fuck isn't the time freezing referred to again??

- During the movie the dudes from the adjustment bureau explain that they are given different names during the course of humanity (ANGELS?!?!?!DEVILS?!?!DEMONS?!?!?POKEMON?!?!) and everytime they talk about their boss they are nodding up the sky...just fuckin say that you are working for god!!!
So if they are working for god WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY PAID?!?!
In one scene, one of those dudes says that he isn't allowed to have info about bla bla because it's not in his income category.......WTF?!

- What the fuck is it with their hats?! The bureau dudes' hats are their key to open doors. The hats are supposed to limit their powers. Their NEED those hats. OMG so then you can just steal their hat and they are fucked?! God's henchmen ladies and gentlemen!

- If god knows that he has to limit his henchmen's powers by making them dependent on their hats, then why the fuck aren't any of the henchmen questioning what they are doing or if their own destiny has been set up after a specific plan as well?!

- It is never totally clear what those bureau dudes can do and what not.

- So if an uber-force (god) is in control of Matt Damon's and Emily Blunt's fate, so then god is one stupid fuck! Just think about it: he scares the shit out of Matt Damon by failing at preventing him from discovering the adjustment bureau and ruining his own psyche, 3 years later god fails at preventing Matt Damon to meet Emily Blunt AGAIN, he failed to prevent them from being together bla bla bla BUT AT THE END IT TURNS OUT THAT GOD IS JUST A SADISTIC STUPID IDIOT!: "my boss wanted to see how you both would turn out so everyhting's cool".......BULLSHIT!

!!!!SPOILER END!!!!!

All in all, "The Adjustment Bureau" is a movie that has a clever idea but which is really hampered by its many flaws.
The little details alone seem pretty impressive as an idea but the movie as a whole seems a bit disappointing considering the movie's potential and the missing polish.
It's not a movie that fails to entertain or make you thnik but it's just a pity that this movie could be so much more if the bureau itself had a more believable or explained background. So if you are going to the cinemas with no expectations you might even end up being positively surprised by "The Adjustment Bureau".

Final Verdict: 5 out of 10


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