Denying Destiny in The Adjustment Bureau

By Brad Barth

It’s an age-old philosophical debate: free will vs. fate. Do we shape our world though our own individual choices, or are our destinies all part of a master plan that was predetermined long in advance?

Well, if you believe Universal Pictures’ The Adjustment Bureau, the answer is the latter — only the master plan is executed by a covert unit of mysterious agents in fancy fedoras. Working for an unspecified higher power known simply as “The Chairman,” these dapper agents of fate are responsible for scripting the future of mankind.

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