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The Adjustment Bureau: Review

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By Scott Peterson

The Adjustment Bureau – 3 1/2 Stars

In a short story by Phillip K. Dick is part science fiction part love story hybrid that starts with a kiss and ends with a chase. Matt Damon stars as David Norris, a would be senator, whose fate is altered when he meets the beautiful Elise (played by Emily Blunt) The problem is that David’s path has already been paved by the Adjustment Bureau. Members of the Adjustment Bureau have the ability to walk through one door at the Statue of Liberty and come out the other side at Yankee Stadium. They can change lives with the flick of the wrist or a nod of the head. They have the power to enter your mind and sway your opinion. They are angels/case workers assigned to particular people to make sure things go according to the Chairman’s plan. Once David walks in on his adviser being “adjusted” the cat is out of the bag. He is told that he can never mention what happened or he will be “reset” or erased. David is fine with this until he is told he can never see Elise again. Doing this will cause a major ripple effect on both of their futures. So it’s off to the races as David tries to get the girl and the Bureau pulls out all the stops to prevent him from getting off track. The best part of The Adjustment Bureau is the chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. You can’t take your eyes off the screen as their romance blossoms and is then continually yanked away. The movie will definitely stir conversation at the water cooler. Is there such a thing as chance? Is our destiny preordained? I absolutely loved this movie. I know it’s only March, but so far, The Adjustment Bureau is the best movie of the year.