I've always been a fan of science fiction writer Phillip K Dick or rather the movies based on his stories. There is always an air of quality and originality surrounding movie projects based on his work. Well, mostly but The Adjustment Bureau I am happy to say ranks up there with the best of them such as Bladerunner, Total Recall and Minority Report. Like most of Dicks stories there is the question of reality, what is real? but in the case of The Adjustment Bureau, much like Total Recall, how third parties interact to change reality or a persons fate through intervention. This movie starts off pretty low key like a normal romantic drama but quickly transcends into a high tech thriller about a master plan of human existance and how each and every person on the planet has a preset chain of events in their lives that are monitored and adjusted occasionally to keep them on a set path thoughout their lives. Free will, the choices we make are an illusion. The Bureau is secret, no one knows of it's existance, until now.
This is a very well filmed story. As complicated as it might seem it is not as brain taxing as Inception and I found it easy to follow which is good as it does not detract from the pacing and enjoyment you get from the story. The special effects are not overly done and remain part of the background, not in your face, bang for your buck gimmicks but are there to drive the story along. Matt Damon is on top form as is Terrance Stamp. Emily Blunt provides a normal everyday kind of leading lady to Damon's up coming politician character making the romance between the two seem believable so that you really care about the characters.
Fans of Phillip K Dick and other movies based on his stories will love this as will fans of Inception, Source Code, Next and The Matrix.