Screen Junkies » george nolfi http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: The Adjustment Bureau http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-adjustment-bureau/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-adjustment-bureau/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:10:24 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31100 Has some good ideas if it would only dig a little deeper.

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Matt Damon, if you want to make movies where you run around being chased by bad guys, why can’t you call it Jason Bourne? We like Jason Bourne. We trust you and the filmmakers to come up with more good stories for him. It’s not a bad thing.

In The Adjustment Bureau, Damon is not Jason Bourne. He plays David Norris, a senatorial candidate being followed around by guys in hats who monitor his life decisions in notebooks filled with indecipherable graphics. One day, David’s shadow, Harry (Anthony Mackie), forgets to make him spill his coffee and throws the whole plan off. David walks in on a major adjustment, so Richardson (John Slattery) and his crew chase him around.

What really causes problems is that David reunites with Elise (Emily Blunt), a woman he was never supposed to see again. The Bureau will throw minor obstacles in their way to keep them apart, but can’t do anything so major it causes a ripple in the plan.

The story has a real spiritual view, talking about the universe’s plan as if it’s a bureaucracy. It’s only an intro course though. The advanced courses would be Total Recall, Dark City or Gattaca, where characters combat fates predestined by science. (Sorry Matrix, you’re maybe an extra credit, but not an AP class.)

Writer/director George Nolfi has some fun with the dropped calls and traffic delays that can impact David’s life. The film wants us to think about the significance of seemingly minor nuisances in our own lives, the butterfly effect of sliding doors as it were. However, here it’s only in service of a safe and generic romance. Elise is the spunky rom-com girl and it seems like they’re only in love because they’re the stars of the movie.

The adjusters can open doors to make them instant portals to other parts of the city. The visual effect is seamless and subtle, but when Harry warns David to never turn the knob counterclockwise, what do you expect is going to happen? The vague description of the chairman and the files kept on all people leaves it open to interpretation, but the film does want to specify that humanity’s darkest moments, including the Holocaust, were when the adjusters left us to our own devices.

We’re getting closer to a complete movie. The Adjustment Bureau has some good ideas if it would only dig a little deeper. Maybe in another month or so we’ll get the total package.

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The Adjustment Bureau http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-adjustment-bureau/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-adjustment-bureau/#comments Sat, 12 Feb 2011 19:14:59 +0000 Reza F. Director: George NolfiCast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Christoph Waltz, Anthony MackieSynopsis: On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known.  But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. Release Date: September 17, 2010

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Director: George Nolfi

Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Christoph Waltz, Anthony Mackie

Synopsis: On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known.  But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

Release Date: September 17, 2010

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Matt Damon Goes to Great Lengths For Ballerina Sex in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-goes-to-great-lengths-for-ballerina-sex-in-the-adjustment-bureau-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-goes-to-great-lengths-for-ballerina-sex-in-the-adjustment-bureau-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Welcome to your hangover. The Adjustment Bureau is bringing Philip K. Dick back to the big screen, and in more of a Blade Runner way than a Paycheck way. Matt Damon plays an ambitious politician on the brink of winning a U.S. Senate seat when he meets ballet dancer Emily Blunt. Then sh*t gets unreal. Just as he's realizing he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. The motley crew known as The Adjustment Bureau is led by Roger Sterling of "Mad Men," and it's my asumption that when they're not determining people's fates they're aligning spines in their unstuffy chiropractic practice. It's the place right by the Baskin Robbins. Park on Oak though, there are never any spots on Main. Check out the trailer after the jump. The Adjustment Bureau has orchestrated its release for September 17, 2010.

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Welcome to your hangover.

The Adjustment Bureau is bringing Philip K. Dick back to the big screen, and in more of a Blade Runner way than a Paycheck way. Matt Damon plays an ambitious politician on the brink of winning a U.S. Senate seat when he meets ballet dancer Emily Blunt. Then sh*t gets unreal. Just as he’s realizing he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

The motley crew known as The Adjustment Bureau is led by Roger Sterling of "Mad Men," and it’s my asumption that when they’re not determining people’s fates they’re aligning spines in their unstuffy chiropractic practice. It’s the place right by the Baskin Robbins. Park on Oak though, there are never any spots on Main.

Check out the trailer after the jump. The Adjustment Bureau has orchestrated its release for September 17, 2010.

 


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