The Adjustment Bureau is based on the Story ”Adjustment Team” by Phillip K. Dick. Like pretty much all of the movie versions of his stories, it is entertaining, but does not do justice to the original.
The Adjustment Bureau is a 2011 movie, directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Michael Kelly. (IMDB page)
Small things matter
The entire movie happens because the main character does not spill coffee on himself at a correct time.
Perhaps the characters are playing the adjustment bureau? and their job is to implement the small changes necessary to maintain the plan.
I find it interesting that the Adjustment Bureau never lets its operative know of the full plan. When the coffee plan does not work, if Harry had known that the point of it was to make the main character 10 minutes late, it would have been very easy for him to engineer something.
I am not really sure of what the application to games of this is, but I did find it very interesting.
Seeing things you are not supposed to
I like the idea of the characters getting to see things that they are not really supposed to. Perhaps the characters in a fantasy game get an artifact allowing them to see the machinations of the Gods. How will the characters react when they find out that the war which killed thousands of people, including their loved ones, was just to settle a bet?
I love the running through doors idea… I really need to add that into an RPG one day… Not a 1005 sure how to best handle it, though.
The whole movie is an example of how players deal with a railroading GM… Trying anything possible to get out of the railroad… Really, most of the time, just give the characters somebody trying to force them to follow any kind of plan, and you can watch them struggle against it, by any mean possible.
Trust no one with a hat
I just really like the idea that some innocuous characteristic suddenly becomes threatening. Perhaps the characters in a fantasy setting are told not to trust anyone with clean hands? Or perhaps, no-one wearing gloves.?
Not really bad guys
Finally, I like the fact that the antagonists in this movie are not bad guys… They do not really want to make the main character suffer, they are just sticking to their plan, which is never explained in the movie (if memory serves me, in the original story their purpose was to prevent a nuclear war). In a sense, the plan called for the characters to reach their full potential.
I have always like having morally grey antagonists, who oppose the characters for a good reason.