"All I have are the choices I make, and I choose her, come what may."Some movies like The Adjustment Bureau should really come with a warning label on the movie ticket that reads something like please check your logic at the door before entering. It really helps when trying to enjoy the movie. True, not every movie has to directly mimic the way real life is played out, but it should at least draw a thin parallel.
Matt Damon stars as Congressman David Norris, who's thisclose to being elected into Senate when he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), who sweeps him off his feet with just one chance encounter. He nearly derails his already ill-fated campaign as the memory of his approximate ten-minute steamy encounter with Elise clogs thoughts of anything else. He fears he'll never get the chance to see her again, when he later bumps into her on a bus. By that point, he's determined to be with her. That is, until a few mysterious well-suited men in hats, whose mission it is to keep all of our destinies according to their plan, plot to keep them apart. But they soon realize that David has his own plan--to be with Elise, no matter what--and they must take measures to prevent that, and any ripple effect that occurs on account of it, from happening. For instance, they have to make sure they keep their hats are on so they could properly maneuver through alternate galaxies that influence David's actions. And studying up on the act of fate-maneuvering in an actual classroom (with books) when they don't always have the answer. They even try to reason with David face to face about, well, what has become quite unreasonable to him (and, quite frankly, to the audience too).
The Adjustment Bureau is kind of like putting a face to the maniacal fate that was tripping up those characters in Final Destination. It's unoriginal, save the decent performances in the movie. Damon, as usual, is solid in the role, but even he seems like he's struggling to understand why he's even in this movie. It's way under his potential. Blunt is charming as his quirky girlfriend, but also plays under her talent (though she tries to make the most out of her very flimsily-written character). The men in suits are actually very interesting characters (especially Anthony Mackie and John Slattery's characters), but unfortunately the screenwriter didn't think so. Had they been more drawn out, we might have had something here. It might have worked better if they were the leads in the movie, and David and Elise were part of the supporting cast. It was a decent concept (at best) that was not supported with a good screenplay, and grew sillier by the minute. It just didn't work.