The Adjustment Bureau: Review~Spoiler Alert

Derek Ouellette —  March 15, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
4 Stars (out of 5)

... and the theology of Open Theism.

Movie reviews are few and far between for me, because it is difficult to talk about a movie you’ve seen and not give away important bits which may tee off someone who has not yet seen it. That said, I’ve decided to not review the movie in this review post. But even in not reviewing it, a may inadvertantly give too much away. Leave now if you must.

When I first saw the preview for this movie I knew that it was one I would enjoy, not just for pleasure sake, but also for its theological implications.

The movie deals in metaphors whereby – SPOILER ALERT – the “agents” in the adjustment bureau are somewhat akin to  angels and the “Chairman” would be akin to God. This movie deals with such deep theological themes as determinism, foreknowledge, free-will and – perhaps surprisingly so – open theism. If all things – most of all the future – have been in some way predetermined by the “chairman”, then it would seem a logical contradiction to say that humans have free-will (something I believe the scriptures unambigously teach).

That’s all I’m going to say here. If you want more of a theological engagement with the movie, Greg Boyd has done a great job at fleshing out “the stories metaphysical assumptions”. You can read his review here.

If you have seen it and you want to send me your take, click here.

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