Has your future been adjusted?

March 7, 2011 by Amara D. Angelica

Image: Universal Pictures

The just-released movie The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, is based on a 1954 science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick, “The Adjustment Team.”

The plot is similar to Dark City, The Truman Show, The Matrix, Fringe, and other works suggesting the idea of a manufactured realitymanipulated future.

“In the film, Damon plays a man who glimpses the future planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved (Blunt) and defy the agents of Fate — a mysterious group of men exerting control over their lives. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, charismatic politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful, contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Blunt) — a woman unlike any he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling madly in love with her, strangers conspire to keep the two apart.

“David learns he is up against Fate itself — the men of The Adjustment Bureau — who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from sharing their lives together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept his predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.” — Film production notes

The movie site links to a (slightly creepy) site called Fate or Free Will, connected to your Facebook page, that challenges you to analyze how decisions and connections led to where you are today, and to a collaborative video project.

I’ll comment more after I see it. What’s your take?

Amara D. Angelica is Editor of KurzweilAI