The Adjustment Bureau is two movies effortlessly rolled into one; an enchanting old-school romantic tale and a Sci-Fi thriller which pits the concepts of free choice versus preordained destiny. An up and coming congressman David Morris (Matt Damon) happens to meet the pretty Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) in one of the most unusual of circumstances. The brief meeting lifts his spirits and inspires him to deliver a speech that helps his career move ahead by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately Elise & he dont exchange any contact information and much like Cinderella she disappears into the night. Its not until three years later that by pure chance they happen to bump into each other again and the sparks begin to fly. It is around this time that David is contacted (actually more like kidnapped & threatened by) by a mysterious organization comprising entirely of men in near identical uniforms of suits, overcoats and old-fashioned fedoras. He is told to stay away from Elise since there is a greater plan at work and a path has been laid out for him which he has to stick to. Hes also told to inform noone of the existence of this secret organization else they would wipe out his memory completely. But things dont go according to plan; David & Elise fall in love while the agency brings in a more experienced & hard-nosed operative nicknamed The Hammer (Terrence Stamp) to sort things out. So will David & Elise get a chance to be together?
The movies stronger point is the utterly believable love story between the two leads. The chemistry shared between Blunt & Damon is gentle and heart warming in an old fashioned way that would have made Frank Capra proud. This tender love story had me completely sold on the movies concept and if only they had kept the Sci-Fi elements less goofy, I would have absolutely loved the movie.
The final act relies far too much on viscerally exciting the audience with action sequences rather than resolving the plot more intellectually; something the movie advocates vocally throughout. Though the ending isnt bad per se it is a let down from what came before it.
Matt Damon & Emily Blunt as the star-crossed lovers destined for doom are the movies trump cards; Blunt in particular is fantastic. Mad Mens John Slattery shows up as an agent for the Adjustment Bureau and wouldnt feel one bit out of place with the fedoras and suits. Terrence Stamp & Mackie do their jobs well enough but nothing much to write home about.
The Adjustment Bureau is a lively love story that manages to enchant you, which also makes the Sci-Fi elements of the movie pale in comparison.