Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Adjustment Bureau

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Adjustment Bureau

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Directed by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures, 2011)


In director George Nolfi's movie version of Philip K. Dick's sci-fi tale, Matt Damon is once again on the run from powerful bureaucrats in dark suits and narrow ties. This time, however, the star of the Bourne films is not being pursued by government officials and assassins but agents from a more secret and metaphysical office: folks employed by the fates to keep our individual lives in line with some bigger plan being worked out on the top floor.

Senatorial candidate David Norris (Damon) unexpectedly bumps into a lovely dancer named Elise (Emily Blunt) in the men's room, and suddenly you can hear the string section breaking into "Some Enchanted Evening." But before their little romance gets going, Norris stumbles into a room full of other-worldly set designers moving his immobilized friends around like stage props.

After a quick chase scene, the dapper, fedora sporting men of the Adjustment Bureau grab Norris and sit him down for a friendly lesson in the way things really are. …

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