FILM REVIEW: The Adjustment Bureau
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The Adjustment Bureau tells the story of charming, but troubled New York politician David Norris (Matt Damon, Bourne), who in a chance encounter meets dancer, Elise (Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria). However, for reasons not revealed, the couple cannot be together and are kept apart by mystery agents who keep things on an unknown track, stopping things ‘just happening by chance’. An adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story, the idea is simple. Can love conquer all? Can we change our fate? Well, Matt Damon sure is going to do his best to find out. The Adjustment Bureau has been compared to the Bourne trilogy and even Inception, possibly due to writer and director George Nolfi’s past endeavours with action - writing Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum. But while The Adjustment Bureau may be labelled as sci-fi, it is a delicately made, softly woven piece of film, which avoids the magnitude of either Bourne or Inception. Those expecting another Bourne film will leave disappointed, The Adjustment Bureau is a gentle love story, before it is sci-fi.
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