Who's In It: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, Terrence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly
The Basics: Nobody does paranoia better than author Philip K. Dick, and Hollywood recently discovered it makes for pretty compelling films too. The latest payload from his literary backlog is short story Adjustment Team, tweaked, massaged, and Damon-ized for the silver screen. David Norris (Matt Damon) is a promising young politician that discovers he is not behind the steering wheel of his own life. All he wants is to win an election, serve the public, fill the void in his soul, and then make babies with his beautiful soul mate Elise (Emily Blunt). But these jerks in suits keep telling him "it's not part of the plan," and derail him from attaining each of those things. So, he makes their jobs harder by fighting back and stealing their accessories.
What's The Deal: This movie is easily the most imaginative and fun to watch love story I have seen in ages. All the elements of a compelling film are here--mystery, action, tension, lofty concepts, and kissing. Matt Damon's performance is effortless and elegant, just like Emily Blunt's dancing. Together they form this electric partnership that made me a conspirator in their quest to be together against all odds. Director/screenwriter George Nolfi creates one of the most watchable adaptations of the author's work--not only is it just a great thriller, but it kept me thinking long after the movie was over. How amazing that a man would risk his own destruction for his true love? How exciting that there may be something more to this world than we thought…and how frickin' cute is Matt Damon when he smiles?
I Hate Myself For Loving You: John Slattery and Terrence Stamp take infuriating middle management to a whole new level here. In their skilled hands, the movie becomes something that is actually feasible. I imagined having a conversation with both of them about my own life, with them giving me perfectly logical reasons for every break-up, job change, car accident, and fight. Although they were just cogs in a machine, they were fully committed and took me along for the ride.
None Of This Matters: The movie centers on the idea of trust, and how rare a commodity it is in a world where most things don't make sense. As little balls of protons and neutrons with consciousness, we bounce around this world knocking into each other until our energy is converted to another form. While we're here we look to each other for some sense of sanity, and that's why I am writing this--to give you guidance. But I know better than to think this review will really affect you. It's already been determined by someone else what you're going to see at the multiplex. Knowing which one has been chosen for you is above my paygrade.