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"The Adjustment Bureau" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

David Norris (Matt Damon) is a New York Congressman who is now running for Senate, and has a pretty sizable lead heading into the election.  Unfortunately, a couple of photos from his college reunion come out that show he’s still a bit of a party boy at heart and he winds up losing.  While practicing his concession speech in the bathroom, he happens to meet Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), with whom he has an instant chemistry, but who runs off into the night before he can figure out how to contact her.

Months later, after losing the election and giving a memorable concession speech, David is heading off to start his new job when he happens to meet Elise on the bus again, this time getting her phone number.  However, he was not supposed to be on the bus or arrive to work on time, as Harry Mitchell was supposed to spill his coffee, making him have to change his shirt and arrive late.  David arrives at the office to find everyone inside frozen in place as mysterious people are performing some sort of mind adjustment on them.

Who are the people that David has discovered, and what are they out to do for him?  Why do they care so much about him, and why are they so determined to keep him and Elise from meeting again?  These are the secrets of the Adjustment Bureau that he will need to discover.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 46 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
  • Directed by George Nolfi
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

The Adjustment Bureau is an enjoyable, if not memorable, movie.  The plot moves along quickly and doesn’t leave you much time to think about what has gone on or question anything that has happened.  There are a few things that are left a bit open, and the ending feels almost a bit rushed at the end.  It’s probably not a film I will revisit in the future, but it kept me entertained the whole time.

Technical

The Adjustment Bureau features a very nice transfer with lots of detail, great shadow and bright detail, and lots of great textures.  At one point Matt Damon has just given a speech out on a farm, and his shirt has a wonderful detailed texture and pattern to it that really comes out.  A couple of times those fabric details aren’t quite as sharp, which is the only thing I really can detract this transfer for.

The audio is similarly great.  Very good use of the surrounds to draw you into the film, and sound effects in the action sequences really come to life.  The only issue here was that some dialogue I felt was a big muffled and I had to turn the volume up far more than usual to make sure I was hearing it correctly.

Extras

The Adjustment Bureau comes with a Blu-ray, DVD, and a Digital Copy, and features Directors Commentary, Deleted Scenes, The Labyrinth of Doors feature, and a few more featurettes.