MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Through the Decades: 2010s Collection: The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Hollywood has had a love affair with Phillip K. Dick, even if they rarely understand or make good movies of his books. Based on the short story “Adjustment Team,” this was directed and written by George Nolfi.

Brooklyn Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) has failed to be elected to the Senate. While rehearsing his concession speech, he meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) and they have a passionate kiss which inspires him to deliver the kind of speech that gets one remembered. He never gets her name.

An agent is supposed to spill coffee on David but sleeps in, causing the politician to meet Elise again and get her name and number. That agent — Richardson — explains to David the existence of the Adjustment Bureau, an organization that ensures people’s lives proceed according to their Plan. David was to never meet Elise again, so he destroys her number and warns him that he will be erased if he reveals the truth. Oh yeah — the shadowy agents can also teleport into any doorway. This makes sense if you read enough Phillip K. Dick, a man who believed a satellite named VALIS was speaking to him.

David and Elise keep crossing paths because of remnants from earlier versions of the Plan in which they were meant to be together. Now, he is to become President and she is to be a world-famous dancer. Yet they must not be together. Who are we, the normal people, to doubt the plan?

So is the Chairperson God? Are his agents angels? Is this all just an Illuminati hiding in plain sight movie? Nolfi has said that the goal of this movie was to “raise questions.”

The Mill Creek Through the Decades: 2010s Collection has ten movies for a great price, including The AmericanMacGruberThe Dilemma, Your Highness, The ThingContraband, Safe House, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Black Sea. You can order it from Deep Discount.

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