I recently saw The Adjustment Bureau and Limitless. If these two movies were to fight to the death, hands down The Adjustment Bureau would win. Though both movies didn’t DAZZLE or IMPRESS me, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt had fantastic chemistry. Read on to check out my reviews!

 

The Adjustment Bureau

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery

My Review

The Adjustment Bureau had all the makings for a great movie, attractive cast, great story, high concept. However, it failed in execution.

The first 1/2 of the movie was compelling, exciting, and mysterious. Matt Damon has a lot of charisma and I loved watching him flirt with Emily Blunt. But when the “men with hats” were introduced it was like the writers didn’t know what to do with them. Even if Anthony Mackie is ADORABLE, there was no mythology behind the “men with hats” existence. Instead they fell back on cliche phrases like, “we answer to a higher power” or “it’s not for you to understand” or “they were never supposed to meet again” (but no explanations as to why. Instead of coming off as mysterious it felt like the characters themselves had no idea what was going on.

Still – I partly think it was the chemistry between the two leads and the high/interesting that held my attention so long. But FATE/DESTINY as the “villian” was where the main problem within the movie lied. Because, really, how do you fight fate?

Cliff Notes Version: Check it out for the chemistry and the cool concept. Maybe just – matinee.

Stars: 3



 

Limitless

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert Dinero, Anna Friel

My Review:
Limitless wasn’t bad…but I wouldn’t call it great either. Brad Cooper and his baby blues tried hard to make this picture what it could have been, but the ambiguous ending definitely knocks it down a few points.

Limitless is about a “down-on-his-luck” smart guy, who runs into an ex-in-law, who offers him a shiny small pill that can change his life forever. Only the pill doesn’t take him to the matrix, instead it opens his brain/mind letting him use it to it’s full capacity. For Brad Cooper, it turns him into an uber-smarty pants allowing him to turn $100,000 into $2 million in just 4 days. Now, I’d like to get bitten by that radio active spider.

However, this pill, is highly addicting and if taken too much for too long, it can hold deadly consequences.

This movie was bright and flashy with some fancy toys (cars, houses, etc) and smart, quick lingo. There were even some funny moments. But it was also predictable and a little “been-there-done-that,” in concept and execution. The stars are appealing, Bradley Cooper, Robert Dinero, Abbie Cornish (who will forever remain the girl who broke up Reese and Ryan) and an unrecognizable Anna Friel (pushing daisies), but the Chemistry wasn’t all there. Cooper had to do most of the work to keep the movie going.

And the ending – don’t get me started on the ending. I won’t spoil it for you but, I hate ambiguous endings. And this wasn’t even a cool one like the LOST finale, or the Inception ending. It was a “I spent 90 minutes watching this and you end with NOTHING?” kind of ending.

So Cliff Notes version: Entertaining, but save your money and rent it.

Stars: 3


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