Whenever I hear about a new movie coming out that is based on a Philip K. Dick story, I get a little bit excited. But then I have to remind myself that for every Blade Runner or Total Recall that comes out, there is also a corresponding Next or Paycheck. Sometimes it’s just a roll of the dice, and in this case, the upcoming thriller The Adjustment Bureau is from first-time director George Nolfi, so it’s hard to predict how it will turn out. The story is about a politician (played by Matt Damon) who meets a beautiful woman (Emily Blunt), only to have a mysterious group of men intervene to keep them from falling in love in order to preserve their predetermined fates.
The movie was originally supposed to be released in the summer which seemed like a strong indicator that it would be a sci-fi action flick, but then it was pushed back to September. Now that the first trailer has arrived over on Yahoo!, it’s clear why the release date was probably shifted: the movie appears to be primarily a metaphysical drama / love story, which relies more on script and performances than special effects. It does give off vague echoes of The Box or Dark City, but probably just because the mysterious men wear hats. The Adjustment Bureau hits theatres on September 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.