Film #217: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
The Adjustment Bureau
3 out of 5 stars
A unintentional re-watch. Screenwriter George Nolfi (OCEANS TWELVE, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) takes the director’s chair in this adaptation (and embellishment) of Philip K Dick’s story “Adjustment Team” with yields a varied result. As a love story, the film is perfectly serviceable… even though it’s pace is that of a snail’s. As a Sci-Fi story, once you get over the genius of Dick’s premise, it becomes too mired in the aforementioned love story to be effective. Damon, Blunt, and Stamp are solid as rocks (as would be expected), but the script is so bogged down in the setting up of the premise that it sidelines any sense of uniqueness. Further, Damon’s character’s insistence that this love he’s experiencing is so important that he is willing to ruin his life, her life, and unravel the very fabric of reality itself. This insistence is a big pill to swallow and, if you’re able to get it down, the film works. If not… you really stop caring about halfway through. And don’t even get me started on the vague motivations of the black “fixer…” In the end, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a meandering take on a truly great idea. The fault of this is not that of the director/screenwriter (ok, if you must place blame, he‘s as good as any), the stars, or the production. It’s simply “the take” the production decided to take in order to adapt an admittedly complex premise. Is THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU a bad film? Certainly not. In fact, it’s very well made. Is it a flawed film? Certainly. Is it worth the rental? Absolutely. Just go in knowing the film is more LOVE STORY than BLADE RUNNER.