I consider Matt Damon to be like fine wine wine — he gets better as he grows older. I find that he fell below my radar in the past years (yes, even when he was taking on really cool roles), but I began to appreciate him better after I’ve seen his most recent flicks (The Informer, Green Zone). One of them is The Adjustment Bureau, a love story disguised as an action/Scifi/conspiracy film. Compared to some of his Hollywood blockbusters, this one is really just a blip in his career, not Academy Award material, but I admire his ability and willingness to take on roles that are not the norm for him once in a while.
The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon as young congressman David Norris who is considered a frontrunner in the Senatorial elections. Unfortunately, some of his youthful indiscretions catch up with him and costs him the race, but not before he meets the mysterious Elise, a woman hiding out in the men’s bathroom. David and Elise find themselves drawn to each other and share a life changing kiss before they part. Unbeknownst to them, they are destined to be kept apart from each other at all costs by “caseworkers” of the Adjustment Bureau, a powerful organization that makes sure that all people follow the “plan,” the blueprint of each person’s life. Changing it would cause ripple effects of epic proportions and it is up to these workers to make sure that nobody veers away from it. These caseworkers are like angels but they wear regular suits and special hats that enable them to transport themselves from one place to another through special portals. They walk among the people, on the streets, hidden in plain sight.
Anyhow, David, who was told that he was destined to become a great person in American politics, discovers the mystery behind the bureau after he witnesses an “adjustment.” He also learns what it will cost if he reveals the secret but being determined and resourceful, his love for Elise, whom he continues to encounter accidentally on multiple occassions despite the bureau’s interference, prevails. The challenge begins when the star crossed lovers try to defy the “plan” and follow their will.
I liked the movie because it had a City of Angels feel to it, and it would seem that the bureau, which is in charge of keeping the order of things, is actually the one mucking things up for the two lead stars. I saw an interview of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (Elise) in one of the promos prior to the movie and they were ribbing each other and being sarcastic and stuff, but in the movie, they were projecting a different aura altogether. In the romantic moments, audiences will find themselves cheering for them because the chemistry was just so evident. During the times David leaves Elise, viewers should not be surprised to feel Elise’s anguish. There was also a good amount of suspense in the movie as David deliberately defies the bureau and watches out for the powerful caseworkers. The story was supposed to be intricate but filmmakers managed to present it without much fuss, approaching it in a rather straightforward manner so that audiences can concentrate on enjoying the movie and not figuring out the twist that seems to be the trend nowadays.
All in all, The Adjustment Bureau is thoroughly entertaining, and a great romantic offering. I really liked it a lot.