Whatever happened to free-will
Director: George Nolfi
Walking out of this movie it struck me odd as I admire sci-fi movies than I usually acknowledge. Sheer brilliance of ideas and emotions throw you off in one its kind. My topmost favorite of the genre is Alexander Proyas’ stunner nighttime noir Dark City followed by Spielberg’s marvel Minority Report. So coming to George Nolfi’s Adjustment Bureau, one fine entry on this nifty genre rack, working on short story by great Philip K Dick, Nolfi whose screenwriting credits includes Ocean’s 12 and Bourne Ultimatum donning director’s hat for the first time tries something tricky, a blend of romance and sci-fi and somehow with the solid help from his unlikely casted pair Matt Damon and Emily Blunt makes it work here, creating an entertaining impressive outing.
A classic love-at-first-sight. Which may sound banal but how many times have you seen a guy running for senate running into a wedding crasher in men’s room? David Norris meets Elise and they instantly hit it off. A passionate kiss marks the encounter. She leaves. We know both are kind of hung on that moment. Months later they meet again on a bus. She gives her number this time. Enter conflict and Philip K Dick in a parallel mysterious world of spooky people with superpowers in gray suits and felt hats running our world who says meeting Elise and David is not according to plan plus David witnesses while they were altering things.
Apart from the terrific chemistry between its lead what makes movie run is the intrigue of mystery hat folks. Who the hell are these people? How do they enter our world through those magic doors? Who is the “chairman”? Twists show up at right time keeping the movie’s pulse just right. Just once in a while it asks difficult question and crosses the deeper territory (Whatever happened to free will?) but largely it sticks to its pop allure. Hopeless me may be but take your chances with this one. There is nothing better than escaping in the world where insane people believe in that crazy thing called love.
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