Is The Adjustment Bureau This Year’s Inception?
Last year, the film Inception shocked worldwide audiences young and old with its stunning visual effects, well-written storyline, unique premise and an ending left up to interpretation. It struck a very fine-tuned and well-executed balance between a thinking man’s movie and an action film for the casual viewer. Can The Adjustment Bureau top it?
At first glance, the two movies certainly seem to feature a lot of the same elements. For one, The Adjustment Bureau features an all-star cast, much like Inception did. Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and featuring performances from Anthony Mackie among others, you can expect this film to be well-acted and to display respective tour dé forces for all of the veteran actors.
The Adjustment Bureau boasts a similarly unique premise, too: that there is an underground organization controlling the fates/destinies of other people, deciding who they are to meet by “chance” or what is to happen in their lives based on their own agenda. The film seems to feature special effects and action scenes to a great extent, something that was present in Inception and will help the film to appeal to a wide audience.
Finally, the two films are similar in that the central theme to both stories is love and the lengths to which some are willing to go in order to preserve and protect it. Will the actors walk the tightrope between affection and self-preservation, or will this film prove to clumsily move back and forth between the two without warning?
More importantly, will there be an ending that leaves us to interpret the film in our way? A cliffhanger for us to ponder over for days after viewing it, wanting to see it again to find details which may provide clues as far as which way the writers want us to lean when figuring out the ending?
If not, Bureau will fall short of Inception. Of course, these are two different movies, but the bar is set pretty high for psychological/romantic thrillers, so hopefully Matt Damon took notes from Leonardo DiCaprio. From the looks of things, this film should have something for everyone, with just enough twists and turns to keep us guessing right up to what I’m anticipating will be an ending that’s quite worth the time spent in the theater. If not, it won’t need an underground organization to secure it’s destiny in the bargain bin when it’s released on DVD.
The Adjustment Bureau was released to theaters nationwide March 4.