Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Adjustment Bureau.

Doesn't this remind you of a Hitchcock film poster?

Do you believe in fate, well according to screenwriter George Nolfi (Bourne Ultimatum 2007 and Oceans Twelve 2004) and now a feature film director there is no such thing, our lives are pre-mapped with nothing left to chance. But should we dare to wander of course then that’s where the Adjustment Bureau’s operatives come in. Headed up by the Chairman (read God) his caseworkers (a modern day equivalent of angels) they set out to redefine your pathway through life.

Based on a twenty-page short story called Adjustment Team by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner 1982, Totall Recall 1990), The Adjustment Bureau (2011) is basically a love story with a slight difference. When budding politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets promising young dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt, daughter of one of the highest-profile barristers in the United Kingdom) it turns out that this was not meant to have happened so up pop’s the Adjustment Bureau’s top agent Thompson (Terence Stamp) who attempt’s to put the pair back on separate paths. Will true love win through in the end; well I’m sure you all know the answer to that one.

If we can't understand the script, wot chance the viewers!

Nolfi’s debut film has been described as ‘Bourne meets Inception’[1] but I would beg to differ, it has not got that exciting tempo that made the Bourne movies such a success, although the third one was not up to the standard of the other two, and its narrative is not as intelligent as Nolan’s Inception (2010). But it’s a diverting watch raised a notch or two by the interaction between the two main leads.

These are the Adjustment Team, nice titfers.

[1] Total Film

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