Synopsis ~ On the brink of winning a U.S. Senate seat, charismatic politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a woman unlike any he’s ever known. As he realizes he’s falling madly in love with the beautiful, contemporary ballet dancer, strangers conspire to keep the two apart.
David learns he is up against the men of the Adjustment Bureau, who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent the pair from spending the rest of their lives together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must decide whether to accept his predetermined path and let her go…or defy Fate and risk everything to be with the woman he loves.
Theatrical Running Time: 106 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
– Deleted and Extended Scenes
– Leaping Through New York: An inside look at how the production team filmed
David Norris’ (Matt Damon) race to the courthouse, featuring interviews with Damon, director George Nolfi, special effects coordinator Mark Russell and producers Michael Hackett and Chris Moore.
– Destined To Be: The Adjustment Bureau provided Matt Damon with his first opportunity to play a true romantic lead in a feature film. Co-star Emily Blunt, director
George Nolfi and Damon himself reflect on this new role for the star and the relationship between David Norris and Blunt’s character, Elise Sellas.
– Becoming Elise: A look at Emily Blunt’s dance training for the role of Elise. Blunt, Matt
Damon, George Nolfi and Blunt’s dance choreographer discuss her transformation from slender actress to well-muscled athlete.
– Feature Commentary with Writer and Director George Nolfi
Glimpses of brilliance mingled with misguided moments and minute amounts of missing detail form the building blocks for The Adjustment Bureau, and while the spellbinding storyline might have looked good on the cerebral page, the film clearly gets away from director George Nolfi in certain areas.
One area that needs little tweaking at all however is the central characters. Damon and Blunt are absolutely intriguing on screen and their chemistry permeates throughout, adding passion to the implausible and ultimately adjusting Bureau’s “ripples” to form an end result that’s not quite bravo, but still anything but boring.
The disc extras ebb and flow with the triumphs and tribulations of working in New York. From director George Nolfi’s commentary to the great segment “Leaping Through New York”, the extras display the love/hate relationship between flaunting and filming in the city that never sleeps.
Equally taxing is the process that actress Emily Blunt had to endure in becoming both Damon’s chemistry partner and full-blown contemporary dancer and in the segment “Becoming Elise”, viewers will witness firsthand Blunt’s seemingly impossible transformation from actress to accomplished dancer. And finally, for fans of J.J. Abrams “Lost” the deleted scenes bring quite a surprise with a character that never made it past his first adjustment.
So with a few hiccups in the mystery, but a great lesson in chemistry, The Adjustment Bureau proves that while some doors should definitely stay closed, others can proudly be barreled through with all the confidence of a tipped hat.
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Cast: Matt Damon | Emily Blunt | Terence Stamp | John Slattery | Anthony Mackie | Michael Kelly
Director: George Nolfi
Central Writers: George Nolfi | Philip K. Dick
Theatrical Release: March 4, 2011
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: June 21, 2011
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE