There are few films that fall into the category of The Adjustment Bureau, a romantic thriller with sci-fi and metaphysical overtones.
It might sound like a mess, but this entertaining movie is anything but.
Directed by George Nolfi, the movie stars Matt Damon as David Norris, a fair-haired young Democrat who seems about to win a U.S. Senate seat from New York, but an old photo hits the tabloids and costs him the race.
Just before he makes his concession speech, he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), a modern dancer. But before he can follow up on what he thinks is his good fortune in the middle of bad, he loses her phone number. Future encounters are fraught with difficulties.
Based on a 1954 Philip K. Dick short story about a man who finds that his life is being adjusted by some mystery men, Nolfi — screenwriter of Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum — lightly glides through the deeper existential aspects of the story to focus more on love and action. Having two actors like Damon and Blunt certainly makes it easier. They do make a charming screen couple.
It's best to enjoy the twists and turns of plot as David and Elise try to move together as "fate" tries to move them apart. Just know at the end you'll be rooting for romance.
The Adjustment Bureau retails for $29.98 or $39.98 Blu-ray.