Sunday, 6 March 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

UK Release: Friday 4th March 2011
Watched in the Cinema: Saturday 5th March 2011
Rating: 12A
Runtime: 1hr 45mins
Tagline: They stole his future. Now he's taking it back.
IMDb Plot Summary: The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
A Review: Having looked forward to this film since January I had high hopes for the film. I saw Film 2011's review on Thursday night and Claudia and Danny weren’t entirely enthused by it so that dampened by hopes a little. But I needn’t of worried as The Adjustment Bureau lived up to expectations completely. 

The film opens with David (played by Matt Damon), delivering a speech - setting up his political career. But all is not what it seems as we become conscious of a man in a hat, with a strange little notebook watching him. 
Soon after David meets Elise (played by the delightful Emily Blunt) in a hotel bathroom immediately before giving ‘the biggest speech of his life’. The chemistry between them is apparent from the first glance, meaning that an impromptu snog moments after they’ve met is almost plausible (who does that in real life?). This encounter changes David’s life and he is instantly infatuated by her. 

But according to fate that should be the last time he ever sees her. 
It isn’t until the mysterious hat man fails to spill coffee on David at 7.05am that everything changes. He meets Elise again on the bus he was supposed to miss and their relationship begins. From then on David knows Elise is the one for him. However fate thinks otherwise.

The new poster says “Bourne meets Inception”, which it certainly isn’t. A closer comparison would be Bourne meets Monsters Inc. due to its cunning use of doors.

Cleverly shot and intensely thrilling, the real star of this film isn’t just the brilliant logic, but the connection between Damon and Blunt. You really believe they have feelings for one another, and is a great example two brilliant actors working perfectly together. 
Blunt especially stands out, stealing every scene - it is almost certainly the film of her career so far. 
One of the best films on current release at the moment - go see it while you can!

Score: 8.5/10

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