T500FC, 430th: The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi, 2011)


George Nolfi is now trying his first directing job; he was the scriptwriter for Richard Donner’s Timeline, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve, and Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum. Also, Nolfi is providing us with one of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi works; with The Adjustment Bureau’s Marauder’s Map approach, we are reminded that a simple sci-fi story can still survive nowadays. Even if it didn’t contain much of the CGI action cum giant monsters and aliens, we are endowed with a smooth story that leans both on the said genre and a love story that provides as a major plot point of the story.

The film stars Matt Damon as a politician running for a position in the U.S. He meets Emily Blunt and attraction ensues. A group of men “kidnap” Damon and informs him of his “plan.” His plan states that he can’t continue his life with Blunt. It would break his destiny as one of the greatest man that this world has created and this group of men told him of the consequence in case he still wants to pursue his life with Blunt. And Damon attempts the inevitable just to follow what his heart says.

It was just right for Damon to head this film. Though there are certain parts in the film where you are expecting for a full-blown action, remnants of the Bourne Trilogy, this one clearly states a fugitive type of appeal which was purposely drawn for Damon’s character. People who are used to Damon bearing blood might instinctively leave the theater when they find out that this film might look like an antithesis of his previous works that lead on the action genre. Personally, I do miss him in action roles and do hope that he stars in one soon. But all-in-all Damon is always effective in such role.

I personally like the plight of the film, from the non-hooded anti-heroes named the adjustment bureau to the unique approach of their capabilities clearly stating that they know everything, they can handle everything, and they are omniscient beings; or not. It was as simple as David and Goliath with David having luck on his side. Despite the film having a little bit of its expected ending, a person who had the fondness of this film would still wait and watch on how our protagonist would endure everything prior to the climax.

Giving Nolfi an above-average grade of his approach to Dick’s novel, as the film still has room for improvement. I do hope that this film is immortalized somehow. We can’t blame Nolfi if he only had given that much and I am hoping that his future endeavors would at least be at par with this film or even much better, and it would be nice, I think,  if he does another Dick novel.


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