Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

Over the last 3 years, we have enjoyed going to movies quite often (this was actually, by a great chance, the 47th movie we saw together in Slovak theaters - yes I am referring to this). I thought that it would be nice to write a short note about the new ones we see. But not general stuff or plot summary, just particular points or thoughts we discussed on the way from movies. You can find the general stuff over at

If you haven't seen the movie yet, watch it first and then come back to see if you also noticed the same thing ;-) Further text contains spoilers.

The Adjustment Bureau promised a plot where some outside force is messing with humanity. I generally like sci-fi movies trying to sell a story that there is something happening but we don't see or realize it (The Matrix). This makes the plot somewhat more easier to relate to, than say, aliens bombarding the Earth.
The first problem of the movie was a somewhat extended introduction, probably for people who need longer time to start liking the main character. When something starts happening (finally) the plot starts unraveling fast and the action scenes are nice - not overdone. The key means of transportation is kinda copied from The Matrix, which immediately made me frown a little. The suspense lasts until the very last moment, where it all goes just wrong. At this point an interesting movie turns into a ridiculous, overly religion oriented, motivational speech in a way, that the whole previous plot looks just like a giant build-up. And it lacks some logic, the key phrase they use is that humans need to overcome obstacles created by the higher force. But it isn't just about that, they also intervene in a positive way if somebody is planned to have good life or how ever that works. Are we supposed to overcome obstacles, that were created to push us in the good direction, too? How are we supposed to distinguish between the obstacles designed to do good and obstacles designed to wipe us away?

All in all, this wasn't a complete disaster of a movie, so I'd say go get it ;-)

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