Blu-ray Review: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

J.C. De Leon

by: J.C. De Leon
June 21st, 2011

In a post-INCEPTION world, the idea of a mind-bending sci-fi film may have been where THE ADUSTMENT BUREAU had a bit of a disadvantage. But make no mistake, while those elements, and ones from similar movies are there, this film is, at its heart, a love story. At this point in history, we’ve seen just about every kind of love story there is to be told, but THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU ventures into new territory when it concerns the stories regarding those around "star-crossed lovers." The outside forces here, however, do more than simply keep our two main characters from ever falling for each other.

Matt Damon portrays New York Congressman David Norris, an up-and-coming politician who, at a very young age, has risen through the ranks and is now running for the U.S. Senate. On the night that he loses the election, while practicing a concession speech in a seemingly empty men's room, he meets a beautiful free-spirit named Elise (Emily Blunt). His search for her becomes an obsession, and this obsession will only serve to set off-course the plan that has been set in motion for him to continue his political career. Along the way, he meets some of the fedora -sporting men who are in control of David’s (and really everyone else’s) plans.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a complex story that really isn’t done justice by any kind of a true written synopsis. It’s an incredibly compelling film that offers some thought-provoking moments, and brings a sense of originality to the typical love story that we are used to seeing. It’s not the most packed disc, but there are a few interesting extras built in, including one for those who would like to know if Emily Blunt really was doing the dancing that her character does.

The official list of extras is below:

Feature Commentary by Writer-Director George Nolfi - A very good commentary provided here, mostly concentrating on the rigors of shooting in New York City and the adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick story.

Deleted and Extended Scenes - Seven scenes are included, several with an Adjustment Bureau character named Henderson who was completely cut out of the final film.

Labyrinth of Doors – A computer simulation of what all the traveling through doors might have looked like on Google Maps.

Leaping Through New York – A feauturette about shooting in New York City.

Destined to Be - Has Damon and Blunt talking about their characters and the film's central love story.

Becoming Elise – For those who care if their actors really are doing the dancing they’re seen doing on screen.

DVD Copy, Dbox and BD Live Enabled

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