The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Entertainment Rating: 5 of 5

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. It was every bit as good as Minority Report and quite a bit better than Blade Runner (all three based on stories by science fiction writer Phillip K. Dick). I was told this was more of a romance than a thriller/action movie, and so I was expecting a slower paced film that possibly wasn’t great. I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more than a romance, but a look at the value of our ability to choose our own destinies and exercise our free will.

Moral Rating: 4 of 5

[Spoiler Alert]

In contrast to Mao’s Last Dancer, the two main characters here actually decide to sacrifice their career goals because they really love the other person more than their careers. This love is what allows them to become more free and ultimately use their free will to the fullest.

As humans we often get lost in the sea of life, and instead of forging our own unique course or recognizing the course that God sees in us the potential to pursue, we just drift along letting the events that surround us ultimately define who we are. It is vitally important to our human growth that we are anxiously engaged in directing our course while here on earth.

David proved that he was capable of taking charge of his destiny and in so doing was able to live his life without any more adjustments being made to make sure nothing got out of hand. When we show God that we are serious about the course we want to take and prove to him through wise decisions that we can be responsible, he will open up doors (pun intended) in our lives that will bring all types of opportunities to us.

For those less comfortable with the idea of God ultimately dictating or guiding our course in life, this can be brought down to a much smaller scale. When we show initiative and responsibility in school or in work, we are entrusted with bigger responsibilities (if desired) that bring about greater happiness. The amount of happiness we enjoy in this life is directly proportional to the size of the challenges we are able to overcome.

This is a must see movie, I wish I would have seen it in the theater!

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