The Adjustment Bureau
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|The Adjustment Bureau|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George Nolfi|
|Produced by||George Nolfi |
Isa Dick Hackett
|Screenplay by||George Nolfi|
|Based on||"Adjustment Team" by |
Philip K. Dick
|Starring||Matt Damon |
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Editing by||Jay Rabinowitz|
|Studio||Media Rights Capital|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||99 minutes|
The Adjustment Bureau is a 2011 American romantic action thriller film loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team". The film was written and directed by George Nolfi and stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, and Terence Stamp. The score was composed by Thomas Newman, with two songs by Richard Ashcroft ("Future's Bright" for the opening sequence; "Are You Ready?" for the closing credits).
In 2006, Congressman David Norris runs a promising but unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate. While rehearsing his concession speech in a hotel bathroom, David finds a woman, Elise Sellas, hiding in a stall. Inspired by her, David delivers a candid speech that is well-received, making him a favorite for the 2010 Senate race.
Some months later, David is preparing to start his first day at a new job. At a park near David's house, Harry Mitchell receives an assignment from Richardson, his boss: ensure David spills coffee on his shirt by 7:05 AM; shortly thereafter Mitchell falls asleep while waiting and misses David, who boards a bus. He encounters Elise, who gives David her phone number. David arrives at work to find his campaign manager, Charlie Traynor, being examined by unfamiliar men in suits. David attempts to escape, but is incapacitated and taken to a warehouse to meet Richardson.
Richardson explains he and his men are from the Adjustment Bureau. They ensure people's lives proceed as determined by "the plan", a complex document Richardson attributes to "the Chairman". David is warned that if he talks about the Bureau he will be "reset"—akin to being lobotomized, and that he is not meant to meet Elise again.
For the next three years David rides the same bus downtown, hoping to see Elise. He finally encounters her and they reconnect. The Bureau tries to stop him from building their relationship by causing their schedules to separate them. David races across town, fighting the Bureau's abilities to "control his choices" to ensure he will meet Elise. During the chase the Bureau uses ordinary doorways to travel instantly to locations many blocks away.
Richardson discovers that David and Elise "were meant to be together in an earlier version of the plan", and Harry speculates on whether the plan is always correct. David and Elise spend an evening at a party, connecting when David tells her he became a politician after the loss of his mother and brother. They spend the night together.
The Bureau has Thompson take authority regarding David's adjustment. He takes Norris to a warehouse, where David argues he has the right to choose his own path. Thompson says that they gave humanity free will after the height of the Roman Empire, but humanity then brought the Dark Ages upon itself. The Bureau took control again and created the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, but when free will was returned around 1910 it resulted in the world wars. David runs to Elise's performance at her dance studio, but Thompson follows, and tells him that if he stays with Elise, he will ruin both of their futures. He causes Elise to sprain her ankle, and David abandons her at the hospital to save them from the fate Thompson described.
Eleven months later, David runs for election again and sees an announcement of Elise's imminent wedding. Harry contacts David via secret meetings in the rain and near water, the Bureau's weakness, which allows them to meet without the Bureau's knowledge. Harry reveals that Thompson exaggerated the negative consequences of David and Elise's relationship, and he teaches David to use the doors in order to stop Elise's wedding. Just before the wedding, David finds Elise, reveals the Bureau's existence to her and shows her how he travels through doors. The bureau pursues them across New York City. When they find themselves at the base of the Statue of Liberty, David decides to find the Chairman. Elise wavers briefly but then follows David across.
Eventually, David and Elise find themselves trapped on a rooftop. They declare their love for each other and kiss before David can be reset. When they let go of each other, the Bureau members have gone. Thompson appears but is interrupted by Harry, who shows him a revised plan from the Chairman. After commending them for showing such devotion to each other, Harry tells David and Elise they are free to leave. The film concludes with David and Elise walking through the streets as Harry speculates that the Chairman's plan may be to get humanity back to a point where they can write their own plans.
- Matt Damon as David Norris
- Emily Blunt as Elise Sellas
- Anthony Mackie as Harry Mitchell
- John Slattery as Richardson
- Michael Kelly as Charlie Traynor
- Terence Stamp as Thompson
- Donnie Keshawarz as Donaldson
- Anthony Ruivivar as McCrady
- David Bishins as Burdensky
- Jennifer Ehle in cameo as a bartender
Jon Stewart, Chuck Scarborough, James Carville, Betty Liu, Mary Matalin, Jesse Jackson, Wolf Blitzer, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all have cameos as themselves.
In early drafts, the character Norris was changed from a real estate salesman, as in the short story, to an up-and-coming politician.
Media Rights Capital funded the film and then auctioned it to distributors, with Universal Studios putting in the winning bid for $62 million. Variety reported Damon's involvement on February 24, 2009, and Blunt's on July 14, 2009. The film was released on March 4, 2011.
Nolfi worked with John Toll as his cinematographer. Shots were planned in advance with storyboards but changed often during shooting to fit the conditions of the day. The visual plan for the film was to keep the camerawork smooth using a dolly or crane and have controlled formal shots when the Adjustment Bureau was in full control, with things becoming more loose and using hand-held cameras when the story becomes less controlled.
The final scene (on the rooftop of the GE Building in Rockefeller Center ("Top of the Rock") was filmed four months after the rest of the film had completed shooting and has a different ending than the original.
Some reviewers identified Abrahamic theological implications, such as an omnipotent and omniscient God, as well as the concepts of free will and predestination. Moreover, it has been said that the Chairman represents God, while his caseworkers are angels. The director of the film, George Nolfi, stated that the "intention of this film is to raise questions."
The film had its world premiere on February 14, 2011, at the Ziegfeld Theatre on 141 West 54th Street in New York City. Writer/director George Nolfi was in attendance along with the cast, including Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
The Adjustment Bureau was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 21, 2011. The film was the top selling release for its opening week.
Critics generally gave the film positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 72 percent based on 237 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6 out of 10. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of a maximum four stars, describing the movie as "a smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had been a little more daring. I suspect the filmmakers were reluctant to follow its implications too far."The New York Times called the film "a fast, sure film about finding and keeping love across time and space . . . [which] has brightened the season with a witty mix of science-fiction metaphysics and old-fashioned romance."
In its opening weekend in the United States (March 4-6, 2011), The Adjustment Bureau grossed $21,157,730, which was the second most of any film that weekend, behind Rango. Its total worldwide gross is $127,869,379 as of December 18, 2011[update].
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