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The Adjustment Bureau

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Emily Blunt, Matt Damon | UNSEEN FORCES Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau
Andrew Schwartz

The Adjustment Bureau

Current Status:
In Season
109 minutes
Wide Release Date:
Emily Blunt, Matt Damon
George Nolfi
Universal Pictures
Philip K. Dick, George Nolfi

We gave it a B

STARRING Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery
DIRECTED BY George Nolfi
WRITTEN BY Philip K. Dick and George Nolfi

What kind of movie is The Adjustment Bureau? ”It crosses so many different borders and genre styles,” says costar Emily Blunt, ”that it’s hard to say.” Director George Nolfi, who makes his feature debut, also finds the film hard to pin down. ”There’s a little bit of a political drama, but primarily it is a love story,” he says. ”Combined with a fantastical premise. Combined with a chase thriller. Kind of.” Matt Damon just laughs. ”If the director can’t answer that question,” he says, ”I don’t know what to say, other than it’s a really tough movie to pitch.”

Well, let’s start with what we do know. Damon plays a politician who falls in love with a ballet dancer (Blunt), but their relationship is star-crossed, since the titular bureau, a shadowy collective of fedora-sporting agents acting as the arbiters of fate, is trying to keep them apart. Whew. And while it’s based very loosely on a Philip K. Dick short story, Nolfi insists the film isn’t really science fiction. ”Sci-fi to me conjures up lasers and spaceships and time travel,” he says. ”This movie is told very realistically.”