Saturday, March 5, 2011

Movie Review: "The Adjustment Bureau"

This movie was fan-friggin'-tastic. Seriously.

It's Election Night. Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon), a rising star in politics, has fought a hard battle against a much older candidate for a US Senate seat. In an interesting set of circumstances, he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), a free spirit who inspires him, kisses him and flees. He finds himself changed in a number of ways and, after another chance meeting, realizes he is falling for her. But a group of mysterious men are absolutely determined to keep them apart. David finds out that the Adjustment Bureau—the agents of Fate themselves—stand in his way, and he must decide whether to follow his heart or the path that has been predetermined for him, a path he has pursued his entire life.

To say anything more would ruin the movie. I'm a total sap, so of course, this movie touched my heart, but it also really made me think. Does fate exist? Do we have free will? Should we follow our hearts or the plans that have been laid out for us? This movie was tremendously well-acted by Damon and Blunt, along with great supporting turns by Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Michael Kelly (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), John Slattery (Mad Men) and Terence Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). It's based on a short story by the legendary Philip K. Dick.

Go. See. This. Movie. (And then let me know what you thought!)

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