The Adjustment Bureau
Directed by: George Nolfi
Written by: George Nolfi (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (short story)
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Anthony Mackie
Let’s get it out of the way early: this is the first good studio release of 2011. Right out of the movie purgatory that is January and February is The Adjustment Bureau, a science fiction movie grounded in the real world, playing by its own bogus rules. It’s got the blood of The Matrix rushing through it as well as the eerie atmosphere of a Roman Polanski film.
Another thing this movie has are two excellent star turns from its lead actors, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as David and Elise. As they flee God and his army of Mad Men-esque guardian angels (headed by none other than that show’s John Slattery), their blooming romance is totally palpable. Their chemistry together is the movie’s biggest selling point and also one of it’s key strengths.