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Movie: The Adjustment Bureau
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly and Anthony Mackie
Opened Nationwide: March 4, 2011
Stars: 2 1/2

This is the story of David and Elise. David is running for office, but when he's involved in a scandal, he ends up losing the race. Practicing his in a men's room, he meets Elise. They are instantly attracted to each other, but the Adjustment Bureau tries to keep them apart from the beginning.

This film was rather entertaining, as long as you don't think too hard about the details. If you start to think to hard about what exactly the Adjustment Bureau is, or who the people who work for it (the guys in the hats) are, or how they actually do the things that they do (or even why), you will end up hurting your head. But as long as you don't think too much about it, you will have a good time.

The "Hats" are working under the premise that there is a giant plan in the universe, and that they must keep things going down that certain path so that the world will continue to work the way that it's supposed to. But the plan can be changed at any time ... apparently. In earlier versions of the plan (in a lot of earlier versions), the main characters are supposed to end up together; but somewhere along the line, things change and they are supposed to be kept apart. But because they were supposed to be together in so many other versions of the universal plan, they keep feeling like they really should be together. So, after they meet, they spend the remainder of the film trying to outsmart the "hats" and get together.

There is plenty of action in the film to keep you distracted from the fact that the details of the film are never truly explained in such a way that you adequately get an idea of who the guys in the hats really are. Sometimes you feel like you almost have an idea of what and who they really are, but the explanation is never really enough. If the writers had been clearer on this point, I think that it would have been a better film.

Go for the matinee on this one, but don't pay full price for it.


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December 2011


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