Rebecca Hadjiloucas ’11
Once every so often you see a movie that really makes you think, The Adjustment Bureau was one such movie. The film, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, was philosophically provocative, enjoyable, and displayed a positive, inspirational message.
Based on the Phillip K. Dick story, “Adjustment Team,” The Adjustment Bureau follows David Norris, played by Matt Damon, a senate hopeful from New York. Norris, despite a rocky childhood and the loss of both his mother and brother, does not question the fibers of existence, the limits of free will, or if his actions can truly be considered his own, at least until he meets Elise. Elise, portrayed by Emily Blunt, is a free-spirited ballerina who disrupts Norris’s comfortable routine. Their attraction calls forth the wrath of fate, and Norris must ultimately decide between two realities, the one he has known since birth, or one he chooses to create for himself.
In the end, the plot is one of universal application. For we each must decide between a life unquestioned and vaguely our own, or to fight for our own convictions, however futile the battle may be, on however grand a battlefield.