The Adjustment Bureau

Back when I was in college (that's right two semesters, plus I've always wanted to open a blog entry that way) I took an Introduction to Mass Communications class. During the course one of the items that was focused on by our professor was that television and movies require a temporary suspension of disbelief, or a temporary acceptance of acts that would normally be considered unbelievable. There are many a film that require this, The Adjustment Bureau is no different.

Once you accept that in which you need to know, this show quickly becomes one of the best movies of the year. Matt Damon builds on his resume to become one of the best actors of this generation. He is one of the few actors in Hollywood that can open a movie. Meaning that people will go see whatever show he is in just because of how good he is.

In The Adjustment Bureau Damon plays David Norris, a politician in New York City who falls in love with a woman he meets in the men's room (where else?) at the Waldorf Astoria. Having just been crushed in the senate election for the state of New York, Norris decides to radically change his political plans after meeting Elsie Sellas (played by the always great Emily Blunt).

David and Elsie quickly find out that their romance may not be going according to plan, well at least not somebody's plan.

Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, and Terence Stamp all play members of a bureau of people designated to help make sure people's lives go according to plan. Of course that plan might not always be determined by people outside of the bureau.

This romantic thriller took the early lead as the best movie of the year for me. The characters played by Damon, Blunt, and Mackie in particular will make you want to run through the doors with them and follow them wherever they may go on their journey.

If only you could find your hat.

The Adjustment Bureau
Directed by: George Nolfi
Written by: George Nolfi, and Philip K. Dick
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, and John Slattery
My Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Would Gene Pick it?: Yes

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