★ ★ 1/2
I had high expectations for this film when it came out earlier this year. Honestly, it had been one of the few movies I was actually really excited to see once it came out on DVD. Using a free credit through Vudu on my Playstation 3, Maddie and I rented this and watched it over the weekend. My expectations were definitely not met, not in the least.
Matt Damon portrays junior congressman David Norris, who looses out on his bid for Senate. On the night of his lose, he runs into free spirited dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). A connection is immediately felt between both Norris and Sellas, but their time is cut short by his losing speech and her being chased by guards for wedding crashing. However, the next day, they coincidentally run into each other on the bus. Following this second occurrence, and a slip up one of the “bureau’s” agent’s part, Norris sees some happenings at his office that he wasn’t supposed to see. He finds out about an organization that works for a God-like entity known as the “Chairman,” who controls almost every facet of freewill on Earth. They warn him to never let anyone know what he has seen; if he does, he will be reset. Furthermore, they tell him it is not in the plan for him to be with Sellas and that he will never see her again. They even go so far as to burn the paper she had given him that had her phone number on it. As you can imagine, Norris becomes determined to get back with Sellas and there are repercussions with the “bureau” for such meddling and actions of free will.
That was kind of a quick written synopsis, wasn’t it? Well, you know why? Because the movie was abysmal. That is a perfect word for this film and I wish I could alter my rating on this to just reflect that word. It’s not a terrible film, it just isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. In fact, we’ve probably even seen it before with Matt Damon! In addition, the character of Sellas to me was just annoying, childish and two-dimensional. I didn’t like the written character one bit, nor did I like the performance from Emily Blunt.
This is standard fare filmmaking; not one thing makes this movie unique or interesting. I know I am being harsh, and probably wrongly so, but this is a movie I was excited to see and was utterly disappointed in the execution. Don’t waste your time on this one, unless you have a low standard for films and don’t mind cliched science fiction rubbish. I’m done ranting now.