The Adjustment Bureau is George Nolfi’s directing debut and is based on a story by Philip K. Dick. Other films based on Philip K. Dick’s work includes Paycheck, Blade Runner and Minority Report, and they all deal with profound themes such as what’s real and what’s not, can you choose your own destiny, or even life in general. The Adjustment Bureau is something in that same vein, and it is a good enough thriller.
This film is marketed as Matt Damon running alongside Emily Blunt in a dress, but this is not another dumb video-game-like action flick. The action scenes of The Adjustment Bureau are limited to a few chases here and there, and I can only remember two punches thrown by Matt Damon. The good thing is that although there were no exploding helicopters, this film still delivers the excitement and thrills in its own way.
Where The Adjustment Bureau gets a little muddled is with how The Adjustment Bureau itself actually works. There is some explanation to who they are and their purpose, but with so many information being thrown at you, the audience might feel a little overwhelmed. These Adjustment people walk around in suits and hats, which looks kind of cartoonish and sometimes spoil the intensity of the scene.
Another thing that bugged me was that the Matt Damon character didn’t seem all that surprised when he found out about The Adjustment Bureau. Maybe he is used to being part of conspiracies and secret societies that this is merely another one of those. Still, I found it strange when this man took it pretty well that he had to keep a secret about a group of super-powered kidnappers who could decide his destiny.
Most of the film is dialogue driven, and the script is well written. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are excellent actors, and I was rooting for their characters to get together eventually. I like how the Matt Damon character has to make decisions that will not only decide his own fate, but also the fate of others. The story is compelling, and the film keeps the audience engaged right up till the end.
Although the film started out a bit plain, it got more exciting towards the end and I was satisfied with the conclusion. The Adjustment Bureau has an adequate amount of romance and thrills to keep the regular movie fan entertained, but also contains a far deeper message which you will be thinking about even after the film is over.