Friday, March 4, 2011

Whitehall? The Adjustment Bureau?

On the day he  encounters  The Adjustment Bureau for the very first time.Matt Damon boards the bus at the corner of Whitehall and So. Ferry Streets. Whitehall, just coincidentally, holds a special place in the Brown history, too. That was the name of Townsend's firm at the time he submitted the Winterhaven proposal. Something in that proposal, or in Townsend's presentation of it, caught GE's interest in the very early fifties. And it was just a very few years later that GE became the Prime Contractor for the long-running Keyhole spy satellite programs.

I give the filmmakers  big kudos for tackling the topic of fate vs. freewill in this remake of a Philip K. Dick short story. My favorite line in the movie occurs when Richardson, a Bureau "case worker," lectures David Norris (Damon):  Do you have any idea how many opportunities you people squander by giving in to impulse?  

Truer words have never been spoken. Anyway, to make a long story short: Love wins in the end and beware of people wearing hats.

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