THRILLER; 1hr 45min
STARRING: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
Defying the odds: Damon and Blunt
Love at first hotel-bathroom encounter is a revelation for New York congressman David Norris (Damon). On the worst political night of his youngish life, Norris meets an impish ballet dancer (Blunt as Elise Sellas) who brings out the freethinking best in him. One month later, he runs into her again, which throws the Adjustment Bureau operatives into a right tizz.
Working in a secret parallel dimension, the fate-wrangling adjusters keep the unknowing global population on track by tweaking individual reasoning processes. They have superhuman powers because they’re not human and a uniform of suits and trilby hats that give them the nerdy yet threatening air of a cut-throat taxation officer. Any wise man would back away, but Norris isn’t necessarily that man.
A sci-fi flavoured romantic thriller runs a wiggy risk and this strangely suspenseful number, based on the 1954 Philip K. Dick short story “Adjustment Bureau”, is definitely out there in its cool defiance of the credibility odds. But the question of destiny is always a goer, and Damon and Blunt keep it real. Hats off.