Matt Damon is David Norris - a rising New York star politician whose impulses have at times gotten him into trouble in the press. On the eve of election to high office, with revelations of old antics sinking his hopes of reaching high office a chance hotel bathroom encounter with Elise (Emily Blunt) inspires David to take his defeat and move on.
But despite the attraction between them, other forces have plans for David which Elise is not a part of. And they will make sure that David's life goes according to their plan for him, not that of David's free will. The semi-Hitchcockian chase that results incorporates comedy, caper, thriller, conspiracy film and also sci-fi that entertains even as it struggles to decide what sort of film it wants to really be. What does keep it afloat is that Blunt and Damon have between them genuine onscreen chemistry from the moment that they meet. And in a film with a love story anchoring all the crazy things going on elsewhere that's what you have to have! Blunt and Damon have it going on and that keeps the film going even if it and writer/director George Nolfi seem less able (or unwilling perhaps) to delve into the larger implications of his story.
What remains though is a solid, if at times also silly - in a pleasing way I though - romantic caper thriller with some sci-fi overtones that more than works more than it doesnt.