The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

spoiler alert

If you read my post on Timer, you’ll know this whole fate vs. free will issue is of great interest to me. Timer was a bit more absolute in its idea of your fated partner, while in The Adjustment Bureau, one gets the sense that the plan laid out for you by The Chairman, whom religious people might relate to God, can be changed or rewritten.

The whole premise has tried and tested as one hell of a controversial topic. Remember The Minority Report? Everybody’s actions are not necessarily planned out like in The Adjustment Bureau, but they are accurately predicted and therefore are held to be true despite the fact that humans still have the capacity to change their mind at the very last second.

I am uncomfortable with the idea that a plan has been laid out for me and that I have to follow it to the letter. If that’s the case, is free will then just a joke? Do I merely have the “appearance of free will” and that all my actions have been influenced or “adjusted” to some degree to fit the plan?

How do you reconcile fate and free will? Is it that our destinies have been predetermined and that it is up to us (free will) to get there? Maybe. Possibly. I don’t know.

What I do know is that this movie deals with the whole issue rather excitingly, but settles for another tried and tested conclusion: love will conquer all. It was a cookie cutter ending that was totally anti-climactic and then just ruined the whole thing for me.

I give this movie 3.5 stars. Thrilling, great plot, beautiful actors, terrible ending.



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