[pullquote cite=”” type=”left, right”][amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&chan=That Film Guy&asin=B005FRBD0Y][/pullquote] Philip K. Dick is one of the most celebrated science fiction writers of all time. His works have been converted time and time again, with a varying level of success. The most well-known are Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. The latest adaptation is on one of his short stories. The Adjustment Bureau is a science fiction thriller set in modern-day New York and stars Matt Damon as Senate candidate David Norris. It is helmed by first-time director George Nolfi, who’s writing credits include The Sentinel and The Bourne Ultimatum.
The Adjustment Bureau sees David Norris (Matt Damon) is a potential candidate for the Senate seat in New York. He’s young, charismatic, and extremely popular and seems a shoe-in to win. His campaign collapses when photos of him exposing himself at college appear in the papers. On his way to his concession speech he randomly meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) in a bathroom and they share a moment and kiss before she runs away from security who are chasing her. A few weeks later he arrives to his campaign managers office late and finds him being ˜scanned’ by mysterious men in fedora hats, who explain to him what their role in his life is.
The Adjustment Bureau is an interesting idea that was some neat twists and turns without ever really developing into a full-length feature film. The acting is solid with David and Elise providing a compelling and realistic duo. The mystery men are suitably ˜other-worldly’ especially Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) and Richardson (John Slattery). As its set in the modern-day, it lacks the created atmosphere’s of Bladerunner or A Scanner Darkly, but the trick with the doors is nicely realised.