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  Movie Maniacs rating:
  Rating: 12A
  Release Date: 04/04/2011  


Romance, Science-Fiction, Action Adventure



By Simon Jago


The critics described this film as 'Inception' meets the 'Bourne' franchise. However, I don't think that this description necessarily gives the film the credit it deserves. I think the film itself delves more into the believability of the far-fetched ideas that take place than 'Inception' does, and the action scenes are edited in a way that is far superior to the blink and you miss everything style of the later 'Bourne' movies.
The film follows ambitious politician David Norris played by Matt Damon, who is a running for a seat in the U.S. Senate. It becomes clear that he is currently losing the candidate race. This is until he happens to bump into Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) under unusual circumstances in a men's room. There is instant chemistry between the two after the initial awkwardness of their encounter is completed with a passionate kiss before they are interrupted. The experience changes David for the better and resuscitates his electoral race. David desperately wants to see Elise again, but that’s not what's planned for him.

Soon after his encounter with Elise, suspicious characters (Caseworkers) begin following David's movements. They discuss how he mustn’t see Elise ever again. However, David does meet her again during a bus journey to work, a journey the Caseworkers were desperately trying to prevent. It appears that fate is bringing them both together. David having actually caught his bus arrives at his office early to find his boss and everyone else suspended in animation while they are being tampered with by the Caseworkers. He is chased and finally caught, where he is confronted by the shocking truth of the Adjustment Bureau.

David is given an ultimatum. He must never see Elise again as it will destroy his political career, and eventually destroy Elise’s future as a world famous dancer or one day he may become President if he choses to ignore this new found love interest. The rest of the film focuses on David’s turmoil as he conflicts with the idea of whether to follow his heart or his head. What follows is a thoroughly entertaining and engaging love story with twists and turns that is compares to ‘The Matrix’ meets ‘Sliding Doors’.


Simons Satisfied
The film is a great romantic story, brought to life by superb acting from Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Even the supporting cast put in great performances that help to create the believability of this far-fetched concept. My only criticism is the final climax could have been a lot more thrilling and exciting involving a longer and more elaborate chase sequence. Instead the finale is short lived and followed by a very disappointing ending.

I was pleasantly surprised by the film. It could have been better in places but was consistently entertaining and so I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5.







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