The Adjustment Bureau is one of those films that you start watching which you expect it to be a certain type of movie but you get something that isn’t even remotely what you were expecting. When I started watching this film I was expecting a political version of Inception. Boy was I wrong. This movie doesn’t really mess with your mind like Inception does and you are told what is happening within the first 30 minutes. It’s a romantic thriller when it boils down to it but it is more on the romance side. I think it could have easily been as captivating as Inception if it was done more as a political thriller than a romantic thriller. Other than that, the film was decent. It features great chemistry from leads Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. I liked both of their performances in this movie. The rest of the cast did a fairly good job too. But the cast’s performances alone couldn’t make this a great film. The Adjustment Bureau has an interesting story to it but it wasn’t well executed. I’m not sure if the book that this film is based on was better written, but it probably was. The story is basically based around religion with the theme of the movie being that God has a plan for us all, I didn’t really like that. It’s probably how the book is too but I think the author could have been a lot more creative. The last third of the movie was very well done and if the entire film was as exciting and as captivating as the last third, I would have liked the movie a lot more. I felt that the first half was rushed so they could focus more on the last part of the film. The story should have been worked on more. Overall I was left wanting a lot more and felt like I was cheated out of what could have been a really good movie. If you are interested in watching this wait until it comes on TV.
3 out of 5 stars.