Director: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Terence Stamp, John Slattery
Running Time: 106 minutes
Release Date: In cinemas now
‘Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us?’
This is one of the tag lines for this movie and it is because of this line alone that I decided it was a must see at the cinema.
David Norris (Damon) is running for a seat in the US Senate and all is going very, very well. Clearly, he is on track to become a President of the United States at some point in the future but then a sordid tabloid story derails his career. At just this moment in time, he meets the beautiful dancer, Elise Sellas (Blunt). Norris is spellbound and the pair quickly fall in love.
Enter the mysterious men-in-black types, The Adjustment Bureau, who will do anything in their power to keep the pair apart. It is now that Norris must decide if he controls his own destiny or if it is simply pre-destined. With New York City as a backdrop, the movie then follows Norris over the next few years as he faces and deals with choices and consequences….fate and chance.
The beginning of the movie with it’s slew of famous political and social commentators and news people, many of whom Australian viewers would be familiar with, gave a John F Kennedy kind of hype to the character of Norris. I can imagine scenes like this 50 years ago when the young JFK stepped into the public arena, his sights firmly set on the White House.
You can read the rest of my review at Beauty and Lace http://entertainment.beautyandlace.net/movie-reviewthe-adjustment-bureau