It's Tuesday, and if you're a movie fan like me, you're probably going to head to your local electronic store and pick up a movie or two. Today, the new release is The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, directed by George Nolfi. The movie is about choosing your own destiny, even as others try to stand in your way.
Matt Damon is an up and coming politician, he meets Emily Blunt's character by chance and it threatens to redirect his future. The adjustment bureau steps in to keep the two apart to ensure Damon's future is what they want it to be. It's the battle of free will against destiny. Let's get right in to the likes and dislikes.
What I liked about the movie:
There is enough to make the audience believe the two should stick together while eluding the adjustment bureau.
I enjoyed the idea that a bureau of men wanted to change the course of Damon's life. It was interesting to see how they could bend the rules if you will, to make Damon stay the course they wanted him to. The premise is one thing, unfortunately, the execution is far off. I'm not really sure how the movie scored a 70+% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it did. Let me begin my list of dislikes.
What I didn't like about the movie:
The Adjustment Bureau staff
The Religious Implications
Watch Monsters Inc. or Serendipity instead
And if you want to ditch the "thriller" aspect of facing destiny, and turn it in for a romantic comedy version instead, rent Serendipity. It stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as a couple that are destined to be together. It's much better than this film. Trust me.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo:
Fans of the movie will love it
If you liked the film, you'll like the features. Here is a list from Bluray.com:
- Feature Commentary by Writer-Director George Nolfi. This is a somewhat haltingly delivered, but overall interesting, commentary that gives a goodly amount of background information on adapting the Dick story as well as the filming, including the rigors of all the location work in New York City.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD; 6:54). Seven scenes are included, several with a supposedly comic Adjustment Bureau character named Henderson who was completely cut out of the final film.
- Labyrinth of Doors (HD; 33:57 total). This interesting but cumbersome supplement starts with a Google Earth map of Manhattan, with several Adjustment Bureau doors highlighted. Clicking on any door then zooms to a close-up of that location, with a "wormhole" option that takes you to another (often far flung) door, or allows you to view either a film clip or a behind the scenes segment associated with that location.
- Leaping Through New York (1080i; 7:36) is a nice featurette dealing with the location shooting in The Big Apple.
- Destined to Be (1080i; 4:51) has Damon and Blunt talking about their characters and the film's central love story.
- Becoming Elise (1080i; 7:08) should appeal to those who wonder if Blunt had any dancing experience before she took on this role.
- DVD Copy, Dbox and BD Live Enabled
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