Matt Damon and Emily Blunt get romantic before running for their lives.
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU directed by George Nolfi, written by Nolfi from a story by Philip K. Dick, with Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie. A Universal Pictures release. 105 minutes. Opens Friday (March 4). For venues, trailers, and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
After decades of near misses, someone's finally made a great movie out of a Philip K. Dick story - by throwing out almost everything and spinning the concept in an entirely new direction.
A nimble, genre-shifting hybrid of political drama, conspiracy thriller and romantic comedy, The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon as a New York politician who meets the girl of his dreams (Emily Blunt) only to discover that a mysterious team of suits (led by John Slattery and Anthony Mackie) is bent on keeping him from ever seeing her again.
Our hero's immediate response to this cosmic predicament - pissy defiance, followed by an attempt to run away - is uniquely, wonderfully human, and it sets the emotional stakes for the rest of George Nolfi's remarkable debut.
The Adjustment Bureau is exactly what I needed after this miserable winter: a smart, resourceful picture that demonstrates that even the most ridiculous premise can be made to work if you get the tone right.