The Adjustment Bureau trailer online
While a lot of commentary I've seen wants to focus on the romantic story line that we see at the core of this trailer, I'm happy to acknowledge that it's the driving force for the characters, but the trailer is giving us much more than that.
I'm drawn to and fascinated by the idea of a group controlling our decisions in life and keeping us on some form of predestined track, and when things go wrong they use everything in their powers to make sure we make the right decisions.
What's great about this are the ominous undertones that The Adjustment Bureau give to the lead characters played by Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, two things we see reinforced in the trailer, our political character won't make his great dream, whether that be Whitehouse or Senate who knows just yet, and our female character won't make her ballet dream, and in fact there's the suggestion that something rather more terrifying could happen to her life.
It's not a threat either, the great Terrance Stamp delivers it as a fait accompli, something the whole trailer is reflecting. Yet there's a great underlying question to all that. If there's a group changing events to make things happen, that is no longer fate, otherwise it would just happen.
Okay, I'm blowing my own mind this early in the morning. The Adjustment Bureau sees a man discover the world around him freeze and mysterious men appear with unusual devices, changing the frozen world around them before disappearing and the world move on.
Slowly he discovers that they are interfering with his own life and trying to change events, but for some reason they cannot seem to control him fully.
So when he meets a woman and they fall for each other they try to stop him and change events, he on the other hand has different ideas and fights back for his own freedom of choice, no matter what the outcome.
There's a great cast for the film too, apart from the previously mentioned leads we see John Slattery, Daniel Dae Kim, Anthony Mackie, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Michael Kelly. The film is adapted from the Philip K. Dick short story the Adjustment Team by George Nofli who also directs for the first time. He's previously been a writer on the Ocean's Twelve, The Sentinel (Filmstalker review) and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Here's the first trailer for the film. I'm really pulled into it already, despite what comparisons you might want to make visually with the Bourne films.
Yahoo Movies has the trailer in high definition.