Hollywood and Predestination

I like good science fiction movies that are thought provoking. I also like Matt Damon as an actor. Put the two together and tie it together with a chord of romance and you’ve got the makings for a great movie. Sprinkle it with the notion that we really don’t get to choose things in life — that those things are chosen ahead of time for us by someone or something else — and I’m all there with a tub of popcorn and a large Cherry Coke!

Whether intended or not, the movie “The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, wraps a plot peppered with intrigue and suspense with the age-old question of free will versus predestination. But it does it in such a way that you’re thinking about it without realizing that’s what you’re thinking about. Do we get to choose our lives, or are they somehow chosen for us by a force larger than ourselves? And, if they’re chosen for us, do we have any say at all in the matter?

For those of us who couldn’t wait for Mulder and Scully’s next assignment, this is a must-see flick. For just about anyone else this movie has something for you, including those who have wondered about the notion of love at first sight and romantic fate. If you’re a Christian, like me, and you’ve ever wrestled with Romans 8:29-30 this will make you think as well.

Nevertheless, The Adjustment Bureau is one of those movies that will leave you pondering.


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