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The Adjustment Bureau

I enjoyed this movie so much.
It's really intriguing and imaginative.  

Harry Mitchell: [voice over] Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you'll never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that's The Chairman's real plan. And maybe, one day, we won't write the plan. You will.

Matt Damon is David Norris, a candidate running for election. In this movie, he is a hugely popular candidate but lost in the end. As he was preparing for his speech...

He met Elise (Emily Blunt) in the men's room. Elise gave him the inspiration to give a brilliant speech, which made him even more popular and there were talks of him running again for the next election. At the same time, Elise also ignited this spark in him. Those fireworks present between lovers. 

It was at this time, that David discovered the existence of The Adjustment Bureau. 
I think it would be appropriate to call them Fate as well. 
It is not known to us who they really are, but they control our lives. This makes us wonder if we really have free-will in our lives. 

It is depicted in the movie that everyone has a path that has already been set.
The book above is some sort of Personal Life Plan. The lines are ever moving because it shows where you have gotten to in life, and if there is anything that is going to happen to change the Plan, the Bureau will be there to fix it and set you right back on your original path again. 

It makes you question a lot of things, and wonder if there really are these people somewhere in your life, adjusting you and putting you back on track everyday. Did something happen to you to alter your Life Plan? Are you being manipulated? 

The bottom line is, David is NOT supposed to be have met up with Elise again, after the night of his speech. But his Plan went off-track and he saw her again, which meant the Bureau guys are after his ass again. 

It turns out that David and Elise were meant to be. 
Many many years ago.
There are old records of the Life Plans, but they were kept apart again and again, and that caused their attraction for each other to accumulate over the years. Every time the Bureau adjusted someone's Plan, there are ripples. I think it's safe to call this Cause and Effect. There are repercussions for everything you do, I guess that means even the Bureau aren't getting a discount on that part. 

But in this lifetime, if David were to get together with Elise, both of their Life Plans go haywire. 

In this lifetime, David lost his family and being on stage giving speeches running for election made him feel complete and whole. David was meant to be the President. 
But if he ends up with Elise, he will not be President. Elise is able to make him feel whole and complete once more, and that takes away his need to run for election. 

In this lifetime, Elise is meant to be a famous choreographer and dancer. But if she ends up with David, she'll end up teaching dance to kindergarden children. Elise doesn't know that. But David does. 
It's a painful decision to have to choose between your dreams or the woman of your dreams. In David's case, he'll have to risk crushing Elise's dreams as well as his own. He left her. 

But when she almost ended up getting married to some other guy, David had a wake up call. 
I think it was at this point where he realized that Elise meant more to him than anything. And honestly, who said he couldn't run for presidency when he's with Elise? I think it was at this point that he challenged the Bureau to change his Plan. We can also call it taking charge of your own life, and carving out a path for yourself. You decide where your life goes on from now, not anyone else, and certainly not Fate. 

Everything in this movie is awesome, except for the scene where they were cornered by the Bureau people. The kissed. Passionately. 

If you were cornered by enemies, would you start kissing your other half passionately? 
I think this only happens in Hollywood movies. 
This scene needs to be revised and handled in a more subtle way. 
I think what they wanted to portray is that David and Elise's love for each other were so strong that they managed to change their Fate and decide their future themselves. But uh, this scene is just too abrupt and it didn't make tooo much sense. 


I shall end this with 2 wallpapers for you. 

And a worthy quote from the movie. 

David Norris: Harry? You're The Chairman?

Harry Mitchell: No! You've met him though, or her. Everybody has. The Chairman comes in a different form to everyone, so people rarely realize when it happens.

David Norris: Is this...some sort of test?
Harry Mitchell: In a way. It's all a test, for everybody. Even the members of The Adjustment Bureau. David, you risked everything for Elise. And Elise, when you came through that door at the statue of Liberty, you risked everything too. But you inspired me. Seems like you inspired The Chairman too.

I hope you'll be strong and brave to change your own life too, because if not you, then who?

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