Phillip K. Dick is a name that you may not be familiar with. He was one of the foremost authors to push science fiction writing to the mainstream in the 60s and 70s. Even if you have not heard of this future focused author, you probably have seen one of the film adaptations of his work. Movies such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report are big screen adaptations of Phillip K. Dick short stories or novels. The Adjustment Bureau is yet another film in a long series of entertaining adaptations.
In The Adjustment Bureau Phillip K. Dick presents us with a world in which all of the characters are free to make decisions for themselves… to an extent. The story revolves around young Senate Candidate David Norris (Matt Damon) and his race for the senate seat. Early in the film Norris meets a young woman whose name he does not get a chance to ask (Emily Blunt) and his world is forever changed.
I don’t want to spoil the plot which is highly unexpected and has a few interesting twists and turns, but safe to say that this is a movie that will stick with you. The director guides us through a world with the illusion of free will and shows us how love and determination can dramatically change plans.
A side note on the talent chosen for this film… The Adjustment Bureau puts Anthony Mackie in a very strong secondary role. He is one of my favorite actors and I was surprised and delighted to see him in another core role after some excellent acting in The Hurt Locker.
The Adjustment Bureau is an intriguing film adaptation that asks the viewer to contemplate just how free is free will without ever explicitly identifying the guiding party. There is a slight Sci-Fi element that is never truly revealed, but the main plot is a focused love story. A truly excellent film.