Like many couples, my husband and I often find it hard to agree on a film to watch together. He likes action and crude comedies like Ted. But I’m not fond of a foul-mouthed teddy bear and the thundering sound of gunfire grinds on my nerves. I prefer period dramas and love stories, which he often finds insipid. At least we both enjoy sci-fi and apocalyptic genres—we can’t get enough of The Walking Dead or the multitude of ways our lives would be threatened by aliens, space travel and mad scientists. My complaint is that most of these sci-fi and apocalyptic films don’t have a gripping love story.
But The Adjustment Bureau is an exception.
There’s plenty of action and suspense to keep my husband happy, whilst I fall in love with Matt Damon’s character, David Norris. David meets Elise Sellas in the men’s restroom of a hotel where she is hiding from security because she has gate crashed a wedding. Security guards chase her away before David can ask for her number. The next day, they meet by chance again. But in that same morning, mysterious men from the adjustment bureau destroy the piece of paper with Elise’s number and forbid David to see her again. Yet, this confident, successful and down-to-earth politician takes the same New York bus every day for three years, hoping to run into Elise again. That is devotion! Love at first sight no longer moves me since I think it’s often no more than a fleeting and shallow attraction. But I believe in the connection between David and Elise at once when she cheekily drops his mobile in a cup of coffee and he responds with good humour. His struggle to secure their future together makes The Adjustment Bureau a love story to remember. Also, if you don’t already have a crush on Matt Damon, you’ll love him by the end of this film.
Here is a link to a plot summary of The Adjustment Bureau on IMDB
Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he’s ever loved. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) – a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself – the men of The Adjustment Bureau – who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. Written by Universal Pictures