History Film / TheAdjustmentBureau

24th Apr '17 9:00:30 AM Synch
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* ThePowerOfLove.

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* ThePowerOfLove.ThePowerOfLove: In this case, love has no special power, except to motivate David and Elise to defy the Bureau to the point that even The Chairman is moved.
24th Apr '17 8:39:02 AM Synch
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* OurGodsAreDifferent: The Chairman is certainly implied to be some sort of god figure, though as with OurAngelsAreDifferent, the comparison is probably not a terribly precise one. He's not omnipotent, else he wouldn't need the Bureau to execute his plan. He's not omniscient, else the plan wouldn't need to be changed. But it's clear through his proxies that he has knowledge and powers well beyond that of humans.
15th Feb '17 1:40:56 PM MarkLungo
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7th Feb '17 5:45:25 PM Luigifan
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* AffablyEvil / AntiVillain: The Adjustment Bureau as a whole is actually a fairly benevolent organization, forcing people onto the paths as dictated by the Plan for the greater good. Until [[spoiler: David reveals their existence to Elise]], their tactics mostly revolved around delaying or distracting David or offering him alternatives to stop him from pursuing Elise

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* AffablyEvil / AntiVillain: The Adjustment Bureau as a whole is actually a fairly benevolent organization, forcing people onto the paths as dictated by the Plan for the greater good. Until [[spoiler: David reveals their existence to Elise]], their tactics mostly revolved around delaying or distracting David or offering him alternatives to stop him from pursuing EliseElise.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It is referred to on a couple of occasions that David Norris is the youngest person elected to Congress at the age of 24. According to the most basic research, there have been three others (Jesse Wharton of Tennessee, William Rufus deVane King of North Carolina, and David W. Dickinson of Tennessee) who have been elected at the age of 24. While that is not conclusive territory for this trope (he might have been 24 years and 8 months, where as those three were 24 years and more than 8 months or the like), one must take into account William C.C. Claiborne, the second U.S. Representative from Tennessee (after UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson), who, according to some reliable sources, was as young as 22 years of age when he was elected and sworn in as a member of the House.
** There is also the appearance of some ArtisticLicense in the area of Congressional eligibility, since under Article One of the United States Constitution, anyone under 25 is not eligible to be a member of the House of Representatives. However, it is generally accepted that 24-year-olds can be elected to the House if they will be 25 at the time they are sworn in; today, this means that they need to have a November or December birthday, or be born on New Year's Day or the 2nd of January (this means that he ''cannot'' be actually the youngest member).[[note]]If you're wondering how the early-period youngsters were eligible, no fear: back then, the swearing-in of Congress was moved from 4 March to 3 January by the 20th Amendment in 1933.[[/note]] (Incidentally, UsefulNotes/JoeBiden used this nuance in his first election to the Senate in 1972: he was 29 at the election, but turned 30--the relevant age for the Senate--about two weeks later.)
* TheAtoner: Harry's guilt [[spoiler: over his part in the deaths of David's father and brother]] leads him to help David.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It is referred to on a couple of occasions that David Norris is the youngest person elected to Congress at the age of 24. According to the most basic research, there have been three others (Jesse Wharton of Tennessee, William Rufus deVane King of North Carolina, and David W. Dickinson of Tennessee) who have been elected at the age of 24. While that is not conclusive territory for this trope (he might have been 24 years and 8 months, where as whereas those three were 24 years and more than 8 months or the like), one must take into account William C.C. Claiborne, the second U.S. Representative from Tennessee (after UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson), who, according to some reliable sources, was as young as 22 years of age when he was elected and sworn in as a member of the House.
** There is also the appearance of some ArtisticLicense in the area of Congressional eligibility, since under Article One of the United States Constitution, anyone under 25 is not eligible to be a member of the House of Representatives. However, it is generally accepted that 24-year-olds can be elected to the House if they will be 25 at the time they are sworn in; today, this means that they need to have a November or December birthday, or be born on New Year's Day or the 2nd of January (this means that he ''cannot'' be actually the youngest member).[[note]]If you're wondering how the early-period youngsters were eligible, no fear: back then, the swearing-in of Congress was moved from 4 March to 3 January by the 20th Amendment in 1933.[[/note]] (Incidentally, UsefulNotes/JoeBiden used this nuance in his first election to the Senate in 1972: he was 29 at the election, but turned 30--the 30 -- the relevant age for the Senate--about Senate -- about two weeks later.)
* TheAtoner: Harry's guilt [[spoiler: over [[spoiler:over his part in the deaths of David's father and brother]] leads him to help David.



** TheChosenOne: Thompson later explains why: he's supposed to run for President later, and Elise a master choreographer. Four more election wins, starting from one encounter, will cause ''both'' of them to achieve their original dreams. By doing neither, and falling for each other, they forfeit their dreams and will live very minimal lives.

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** TheChosenOne: Thompson later explains why: he's supposed to run for President later, and Elise is a master choreographer. Four more election wins, starting from one encounter, will cause ''both'' of them to achieve their original dreams. By doing neither, and falling for each other, they forfeit their dreams and will live very minimal lives.



* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The bad guys could, among their many powers, turn ordinary buildings into messed up mazes.
* BookEnds: First time we see Elise, she is hidding in the toilets from some men in black, because they found she is crashing a wedding. Toward the end, she is AGAIN hidding in the toilets during a wedding, [[spoiler:though it is her own wedding.]] And David appears to crash the wedding, pursued by other men in black.
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart to Save Her]]: David does this to Elise [[spoiler: After hearing from Thompson that if he stays with her, she won't become a world famous dancer, so he leaves her without explanation in the hospital]].

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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The bad guys could, among their many powers, turn ordinary buildings into messed up messed-up mazes.
* BookEnds: First time we see Elise, she is hidding in the toilets from some men in black, because they found she is crashing a wedding. Toward the end, she is AGAIN hidding in the toilets during a wedding, [[spoiler:though it is her own wedding.]] wedding]]. And David appears to crash the wedding, pursued by other men in black.
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart to Save Her]]: David does this to Elise [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:after hearing from Thompson that if he stays with her, she won't become a world famous dancer, so he leaves her without explanation in the hospital]].



** The main message of the movie seems to be ScrewDestiny, as the main character fights to defy "The Plan" and be with the girl he loves. Yet, [[spoiler: we find out that the only reason he's so obsessed with this girl is because they were originally meant to be together in the first place, before the plan changed. Also, David can only effectively fight the plan by receiving help from an Adjustment Bureau Agent on the inside. Also in the end even that isn't enough as they only succeed when the Chairman allows them to continue.]]

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** The main message of the movie seems to be ScrewDestiny, as the main character fights to defy "The Plan" and be with the girl he loves. Yet, [[spoiler: we [[spoiler:we find out that the only reason he's so obsessed with this girl is because they were originally meant to be together in the first place, before the plan changed. Also, David can only effectively fight the plan by receiving help from an Adjustment Bureau Agent on the inside. Also Also, in the end end, even that isn't enough enough, as they only succeed when the Chairman allows them to continue.]]



* ClockKing: The Adjusters rely on other people adhering to strict schedules, timetables and patterns. When their target starts [[IndyPloy to improvise]] (or, worse, one of them fails to act at the exact time prescribed by the plan), a SpannerInTheWorks is inevitable. On the other hand, the adjusters seem astonished that David has ridden the exact same bus to work for the past 3 years and fail to keep Elise from crossing paths with it despite how strictly he rides it.

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* ClockKing: The Adjusters rely on other people adhering to strict schedules, timetables timetables, and patterns. When their target starts [[IndyPloy to improvise]] (or, worse, one of them fails to act at the exact time prescribed by the plan), a SpannerInTheWorks is inevitable. On the other hand, the adjusters seem astonished that David has ridden the exact same bus to work for the past 3 years and fail to keep Elise from crossing paths with it despite how strictly he rides it.



** [[spoiler: Based on the context of the film, this is more of an in-universe 'Deus Ex Deus'.]]
* DisposableFiance: Elise broke up with her fiancé because of her lingering feelings for David, despite only having met him twice briefly three years beforehand. [[spoiler: She ends up ditching the same fiancé ''again'' on the day of their wedding, when David decides to ScrewDestiny]].

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** [[spoiler: Based [[spoiler:Based on the context of the film, this is more of an in-universe 'Deus Ex Deus'.]]
* DisposableFiance: Elise broke up with her fiancé because of her lingering feelings for David, despite only having met him twice briefly three years beforehand. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She ends up ditching the same fiancé ''again'' on the day of their wedding, when David decides to ScrewDestiny]].ScrewDestiny.]]



** Though for good reason. The Bureau specifically uses small things to push people into the right path. People who start moving in a slightly different direction all the sudden spiral things out of control as their actions move other people out of the way of those initial small disturbances.

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** Though for good reason. The Bureau specifically uses small things to push people into the right path. People who start moving in a slightly different direction all the of a sudden spiral things out of control control, as their actions move other people out of the way of those initial small disturbances.



** Nicely done with [[spoiler: hats being the key to their powers: while running after David, Richardson loses his and can't open a door he himself just locked]].

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** Nicely done with [[spoiler: hats [[spoiler:hats being the key to their powers: while running after David, Richardson loses his and can't open a door he himself just locked]].



* HumansAreBastards: According to Thompson, the first time the Bureau tried a hands-off approach, "you gave us the Dark Ages for five hundred years"; the second time resulted in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the Cuban missile crisis. They seem to overlook all the good things that occurred during the Dark Ages, and all the bad things that occurred under their watch between the MiddleAges and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* HumansAreBastards: According to Thompson, the first time the Bureau tried a hands-off approach, "you gave us the Dark Ages for five hundred years"; the second time resulted in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and the Cuban missile crisis. They seem to overlook all the good things that occurred during the Dark Ages, and all the bad things that occurred under their watch between the MiddleAges and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.



* HumansAreFlawed: The Chairman believes humanity ''will'' eventually be deserving of free will... just not ''yet.''

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* HumansAreFlawed: The Chairman believes humanity ''will'' eventually be deserving of free will... just not ''yet.''''yet''.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Elise is made of this trope. They meet [[spoiler: in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, drops his phone into his coffee on purpose, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is a dancer.]]]]
** While Elise certainly has many MPDG trappings, she may just scrape a subversion of this trope by dint of the following: firstly, she has dreams and a life of her own which don't involve the emotional well-being of the main male character; second, her job in the story is not to loosen David up - he is already impulsive to a fault and their relationship is not one of Elise shaking up David's staid life with her kooky charm. They both share a goofy sense of humour from the outset and don't feel the need to change anything about the other. Elise does inspire David to some particularly successful impromptu speech-making when they first meet, but this is not actually a break from a previously buttoned-up personality for him, just a more-successful-than-usual deployment of his existing impulsiveness.
* TheMasquerade: Apparently, very few people have been told about the existence of the Bureau, and Richardson threatens to erase David's mind (''all of it''--memories, personality, emotions, everything) if he tells anyone.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Elise is made of this trope. They meet [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, drops his phone into his coffee on purpose, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking is a dancer.]]]]
** While Elise certainly has many MPDG trappings, she may just scrape a subversion of this trope by dint of the following: firstly, she has dreams and a life of her own which don't involve the emotional well-being of the main male character; second, her job in the story is not to loosen David up - -- he is already impulsive to a fault and their relationship is not one of Elise shaking up David's staid life with her kooky charm. They both share a goofy sense of humour from the outset and don't feel the need to change anything about the other. Elise does inspire David to some particularly successful impromptu speech-making when they first meet, but this is not actually a break from a previously buttoned-up personality for him, just a more-successful-than-usual deployment of his existing impulsiveness.
* TheMasquerade: Apparently, very few people have been told about the existence of the Bureau, and Richardson threatens to erase David's mind (''all of it''--memories, it'' -- memories, personality, emotions, everything) if he tells anyone.



** Thompson, "The Hammer" is more blunt than his predecessor.

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** Thompson, "The Hammer" Hammer", is more blunt than his predecessor.



* NiceHat: All the bureaucrats have them, and [[spoiler: they turn out to be key to their teleportation powers]].

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* NiceHat: All the bureaucrats have them, and [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they turn out to be key to their teleportation powers]].



* OddNameOut: The named bureaucrats are Richard''son'', Donald''son'', Thomp''son''...and Harry Mitchell. Eh, could be a Harrison. [[spoiler: Of course, the mere fact that he chooses to be called something different is still a clue to his anomalous nature.]]

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* OddNameOut: The named bureaucrats are Richard''son'', Donald''son'', Thomp''son''... and Harry Mitchell. Eh, could be a Harrison. [[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, the mere fact that he chooses to be called something different is still a clue to his anomalous nature.]]



* RailRoading: What the Adjusters are doing to humanity down to each individual. [[spoiler: It's all a subversion in the end, because their goal is to pressure people into ultimately rejecting the RailRoading in the first place so that they will fight for the right and responsibility to run their own lives.]]

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* RailRoading: {{Railroading}}: What the Adjusters are doing to humanity down to each individual. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's all a subversion in the end, because their goal is to pressure people into ultimately rejecting the RailRoading {{railroading}} in the first place so that they will fight for the right and responsibility to run their own lives.]]



* RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler: In a previous version of the plan, David and Elise ''were'' meant to be together. When the plan was changed, the previous version could not be entirely washed away, which is why they feel like they are meant for each other.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: Elise's former [[spoiler: and future]] fiance Adrian.

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* RedStringOfFate: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a previous version of the plan, David and Elise ''were'' meant to be together. When the plan was changed, the previous version could not be entirely washed away, which is why they feel like they are meant for each other.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: Elise's former [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and future]] fiance fiancé Adrian.



* StateTheSimpleSolution: [[spoiler: When it is explained that the Adjusters' ability to travel through doors depends on their hats, David immediately suggests that he could knock off the hats of those trying to pursue him.]]

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* StateTheSimpleSolution: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When it is explained that the Adjusters' ability to travel through doors depends on their hats, David immediately suggests that he could knock off the hats of those trying to pursue him.]]



** [[spoiler: Which is later explained as one of The Chairman's way of making sure his bureaucrats aren't TOO powerful.]]

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** [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which is later explained as one of The Chairman's way ways of making sure his bureaucrats aren't TOO ''too'' powerful.]]



** Harry admits that they aren't the best at creative thinking, due in part to their ClockKing tendencies. That's one of the reasons knocking off the hats works because they wouldn't expect it.

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** Harry admits that they aren't the best at creative thinking, due in part to their ClockKing tendencies. That's one of the reasons knocking off the hats works -- because they wouldn't expect it.



* WindsOfDestinyChange: The bureaucrats have this as a power. They can make a phone not work momentarily, a cab driver won't pick someone up, a curb will pop up out of nowhere, and at the extreme they might cause a sudden injury.

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* WindsOfDestinyChange: The bureaucrats have this as a power. They can make a phone not work momentarily, a cab driver won't pick someone up, a curb will pop up out of nowhere, and at the extreme extreme, they might cause a sudden injury.
21st Dec '16 6:08:12 AM Synch
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Similar to the above, the only reason David and Elise get their HappilyEverAfter rewrite is because their sheer determination in the face of so many obstacles impresses The Chairman.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Similar to the above, the [[spoiler:The only reason David and Elise get their HappilyEverAfter rewrite is because their sheer determination in the face of so many obstacles impresses The Chairman.]]
2nd Oct '16 9:02:31 AM JamesAustin
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** BiggerBad: The Chairman, who commands all the Adjusters.



--->''Oh my god.''\\

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--->''Oh -->''Oh my god.''\\
20th Sep '16 8:52:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* HumansAreBastards: According to Thompson, the first time the Bureau tried a hands-off approach, "you gave us the Dark Ages for five hundred years"; the second time resulted in WorldWarI, WorldWarII and the Cuban missile crisis. They seem to overlook all the good things that occurred during the Dark Ages, and all the bad things that occurred under their watch between the MiddleAges and WorldWarI.

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* HumansAreBastards: According to Thompson, the first time the Bureau tried a hands-off approach, "you gave us the Dark Ages for five hundred years"; the second time resulted in WorldWarI, WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the Cuban missile crisis. They seem to overlook all the good things that occurred during the Dark Ages, and all the bad things that occurred under their watch between the MiddleAges and WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
5th Jul '16 5:13:14 PM nombretomado
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It is referred to on a couple of occasions that David Norris is the youngest person elected to Congress at the age of 24. According to the most basic research, there have been three others (Jesse Wharton of Tennessee, William Rufus deVane King of North Carolina, and David W. Dickinson of Tennessee) who have been elected at the age of 24. While that is not conclusive territory for this trope (he might have been 24 years and 8 months, where as those three were 24 years and more than 8 months or the like), one must take into account William C.C. Claiborne, the second U.S. Representative from Tennessee (after AndrewJackson), who, according to some reliable sources, was as young as 22 years of age when he was elected and sworn in as a member of the House.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It is referred to on a couple of occasions that David Norris is the youngest person elected to Congress at the age of 24. According to the most basic research, there have been three others (Jesse Wharton of Tennessee, William Rufus deVane King of North Carolina, and David W. Dickinson of Tennessee) who have been elected at the age of 24. While that is not conclusive territory for this trope (he might have been 24 years and 8 months, where as those three were 24 years and more than 8 months or the like), one must take into account William C.C. Claiborne, the second U.S. Representative from Tennessee (after AndrewJackson), UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson), who, according to some reliable sources, was as young as 22 years of age when he was elected and sworn in as a member of the House.
23rd Jun '16 7:41:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* OpenAndShut: The men of the Adjustment Bureau have the power to open any door to any other door, allowing them to close in on any target rather swiftly. This ability is not innate to them but provided by their 1950s-style hats; one of them temporarily gives his hat to the hero so he can beat them at their own game.
23rd Mar '16 7:15:40 PM k410ren
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* KickTheDog: Thompson when he deliberately sprains Elise's ankle.
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