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Adjusting your thoughts on fate and destiny
The Adjustment Bureau (DVD)
Member Name: Bethyeloise
The Adjustment Bureau (DVD)
Advantages: Provokes thought through strong storyline and well defined characters.
Disadvantages: Pace can be misleading - sometimes slow, sometimes fast
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (DVD)
My personal Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
Life is a series of events. A glance. A moment. All part of a plan.
Davis Norris is a young, aspiring politician aiming for a seat in the U.S. Senate, his whole career ahead of him, when he meets Elise Sellas, an up and coming ballet dancer, and his whole life changes from their brief encounter. Chance leads him to stumble upon a well-kept secret in which strange men in hats (the Adjustment Bureau) steer people through life, changing seemingly meaningless actions to keep them on their chosen path, but when fate intervenes and brings David back to Elise the bureau fight their connection and David has to decide between the girl and his career, his chosen life.
Cast and Characters
Matt Damon / David Norris
Emily Blunt / Elise Sellas
Michael Kelly / Charlie Traynor
Anthony Mackie / Harry Mitchell
John Slattery / Richardson
Special DVD Features
* Deleted and extended scenes
* Leaping through New York
* Destined to Be
* Becoming Elise
* Feature commentary with writer/director George Nolfi
My Personal Opinion
An intelligent film, not totally dissimilar to others such as Butterfly Effect and Vanilla Skies in that not is all as it seems and brings you face to face with the ever niggling question of how or who controls our destiny. A wonderful new conspiracy based theory of a secret organisation changing our lives to keep us on the course which they have chosen for us. It leaves you thinking afterward, which is always a good sign in my book, not only about fate and the like, but also about who these men in hats are - angels, aliens, something else beyond our understanding...???
And all of this cleverness is tied together with a romantic pursuit accompanied by the age old 'will they, won't they' ending with a heart wrenching, dramatic kiss and a happily ever after. Saying that however, it was not as soppy as perhaps I've made it sound and not just a film for girls.
Even Matt Damon, who is not always a favourite of mine, captured the viewer in the storyline and character with a brilliant performance.
The only fault I can pick is with the pace of the film as a whole - at least twice it is hinted that time has passed, one instance being 3 years, where you can be left feeling a little confused because it is done so nonchalantly and nothing seems to have actually changed, but apparently it has. At the other end of the scale, some points seem to drag and you feel like you have been watching the same scene for an age, then it will catch up with itself and all is great again.
Some action, some thriller, some romance, what's not to love?!
Available online at...
£2.10 Amazon Marketplace
£2.99 Sainsbury's Entertainment
£3.00 Tesco Entertainment
(the above prices were correct on 25/10/12 therefore may vary)
Summary: Leaves you with a pleasant, inquisitive feeling. Suitable for any film lovers covering many genres.