Friday, March 11, 2011

Movie of the Week - The Adjustment Bureau

So do you believe in free will, or do you think that snappily dressed men in fedoras are controlling your fate? This is the existential question posed by "The Adjustment Bureau".

When former congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) finds out the answer to this question, a question he never asked, he's faced with a choice. Have the girl of his dreams or eventually be elected President. From the trailers, it's obvious that he chooses the girl but the story gets much more complicated then that. I'm happy to say that the trailers did not give too much of the story away.

When Norris steadily refuses to conform to the plan laid out for him (by fate, God, the Chairman, whatever), the Bureau has to directly intervene. The concept of the Bureau was well done. These guys are just bureaucrats. They are given a plan to enforce. They don't understand the plan, it's above their pay grade, as one of them says. But the plan is important, it's their job to make sure it stays on course. What about free will says Norris. The last time we let you have free will, Mr. Thompson explains, was 1910. After the Cuban missile crises we had to step back in.

So does love conquer all, even The Plan? You'll have to see the movie to find out. I recommend that you do.

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