Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau

Fate or Free Will? Can you run away from destiny?

What if you find out that everything that happens to you is controlled by someone else and that you don’t hold your future in your own hands? What if unseen forces are actually manipulating you to bend to their will so you can follow a pre-destined course that is not of your own making?

Matt Damon stars in The Adjustment Bureau as a man who, by accident, discovered that Fate has something else planned for him. He plays David Norris, an ambitious politician vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate who meets a beautiful and outspoken ballet dancer named Elise (Emily Blunt) in one of the most unlikely of places.

Unfortunately, just when David starts to realize that he is falling for Elise, here come mysterious men who will do everything possible to keep the two apart. Pretty soon, David finds out he’s battling with agents of the Adjustment Bureau who are confident that they’re doing the right thing in preventing David and Elise from being together.

In light of these overwhelming odds, David has to choose whether he should let Elise go or fight against a supposed destiny so he can be with the woman he loves forever.

I was invited to the press screening a couple of weeks ago and I found the movie refreshing. It has this concept that tickles the mind and, at the same time, entertains. Although I didn’t really “feel” much spark between the Damon-Blunt tandem, the two actors individually played their roles well. I also like how the production team creatively made use of doors that open to other places. Although that touch reminded me of the Matrix movie, there are added elements in the Adjustment Bureau that made the story stand out on its own.

I should also mention that I was reminded of the Men in Black because of the agents wearing the same suits. Still, there are enough differences that will make you forget about aliens and neuralizers and instead focus on the story at hand.

My verdict? This is a must-watch movie that will not only entertain you but will also make you wonder if, indeed, we are living the lives we lead with guidance from a higher being and where we are still given free will to make our own choices or if we are simply being forced to do things without even knowing it.

The Adjustment Bureau opens in Philippine cinemas starting March 4.
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