Matt Damon is one of the hardest working, most consistently superb screen actors working in Hollywood today. He’s one of the few people working inside the modern-day studio system who has yet to fully succumb to a large pay day. Even looking at his page on IMDB, you see he has 5 films slated for release in 2011, the first of which was The Adjustment Bureau. His name on the marquee was enough to draw studio money to a film otherwise filled with lesser names. Since his big break in Good Will Hunting, he has evolved into a full-fledged movie star without losing his passion-project sensibility. Whether he’s chasing down the truth in The Bourne Trilogy or partnering with Clint Eastwood, you have enough faith of his ethic off-camera to enjoy what’s about to be in front of it.
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.