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I'm a big fan of the Superhero genre. I like people with abilities, who are trying to lead every day lives while dealing with them and all that jazz. I'm a huge fan of Heroes and X-Men, and the rest. So I thought I'd give Push a try after recommendation from a friend. At the beginning we're treated to a brief history of people with abilities, all given handy nicknames from the government. There are the Movers, who can move things with their mind (or for those of you still in the superhero genre, simply telekinetic), the Watchers who can see things that are about to happen and draw it (or, you know, seers), and Pushers who can make people do whatever they want by brainwashing them by implanting thoughts and memories into their heads (or, as we call them, frickin' psychos). Then you got the Sniffs and the Bleeders and the Shifters and the Wipers and the Shadows and the Stitchers, Phasers, Porters and the Changers.
Yeah. That's right.
That's where it all begins to get a bit confusing. So anyway we come across a young mover called Chris Evans (actually I don't know his name, but he's played by him later on) and his dad who are hunted down by the evil government, then it's like 12 years later and his dad is dead and Chris Evans meets Dakota Fanning who is a Watcher, but can't draw for toffee.
After that I really can't explain the plot to you. The film then involves fighting with an running from a bunch of people who are on the bad guy's side, who hire a bunch of Bleeders (a group of Chinamen who can, and this is no joke, scream so loud while making comical faces until your head explodes). Those guys keep coming back, and they're always funny to watch.
The CGI is great, and the concept is pretty good as well, but you can't help but feel they tried to cram far too much into an hour and a half. The plot is convulted and a lot of it doesn't make any sense. The acting's pretty good, especially on Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning's part though and, in fact, it seems that everything else in the film was actually not bad. It really is just the final execution that let it down, which is a shame, and in a film, quite a large part of it.
I watched this movie with low expectations and must say I was actually blown away! I love my 'X-men' and 'Heroes', but whilst this movie followed a similar sci-fi story line, it was different in that it was not so tightly based on comic-book styled superhero action adventure and instead, I found it more gritty and somehow, realistic. I guess this levels out somewhere between a martial arts movie, with some fast-paced Hong Kong action scenes and a sci-fi mutant hybrid.
The story follows a group of young 'gifted' individuals, with various powers, such as psychic "Watchers" and tele-kinetic "Movers". One Watcher, young Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning) meets with Nick (Chris Evans), a Mover who joins her on a quest to find a case of money. Their path is riddled with mayhem, as they are pursued by a government agency called "The Division", whilst fighting off a group of Chinese mutant hybrids who have been pursuing them throughout. This movie is a little too complicated to explain in detail, but is a thrilling watch, so you can expect a greater depth to the plot than I am able to explain in a short-review.
As well as a great story line, the acting is flawless. Dakota Fanning in particular gives a truly outstanding performance, with her dry and somewhat unnerving maturity, teetering on the razor's edge between adolescence and adulthood. In fact, all the elements of a great movie, including great set and soundtrack, come together seamlessly to create this thrilling roller-coaster of adventure, action and emotion that is 'Push'.
Definitely worth a watch, in my opinion! Meanwhile, I shall hopefully anticipate the possibility of a Push 2!
Living among us is a select group of people who have special abilities. They have stemmed from Nazi testing and now they have to hide from a group of people called the Division. The powers these people have range from being able to move objects without touching them, seeing the future, sniffing objects to see where people are and a whole range of other things.
Nick is living in Hong Kong, he as a small boy learned of his fathers powers and then had to watch him being killed by the Division so he is in hiding and trying not to use his powers as he can be tracked when using them. He gets a visit from a young girl called Cassie who asks him for help. She is searching for a lady called Kira who holds the key to a case which the Division are trying to find. Kira is being chased as she is the only one who has survived the injection which the Division gave her to create superpowers and they she managed to escape from them.
Kira comes across Nick and Cassie and together they try to work out where the case is and why the Division are so keen to get it back. The only trouble is that Kira has had her memory wiped and cannot remember anything about it. Cassie is also troubled by the arrival of Kira as all she can see for the future is her and Nick dying.
Will the trio be able to find the case and out run the Division and also now the Hong Kong government who are also after the case?
I was not too fussed about watching this film but as hubby really wanted to see it I decided to give it a go with him. I have to say the trailers for it did make it look quite interesting and different and I did actually find it was very good. Hubby was slightly disappointed as he was expecting more of a superhero movie and this to him seemed more along the line of Matrix and films like that. I think the storyline was very well throughout and I liked all of the little twists and how we saw past storylines and also glimpses of the future, this all fitted together and made for interesting viewing.
The acting was very good and the role of Nick, played by Chris Evans was great. I think he really suited the part, he was not overly fit or handsome and that is what made him seem so much more genuine and real. He worked very well with the special effects which were used for his powers and I loved watching him grow and learn to use them throughout the film. There was a lovely chemistry between the character of Nick and Cassie, played by Daykota Fanning, despite being so young she was excellent and I think she has a great future ahead of her. She played the role to perfection and I loved the way she portrayed being able to see the future and how none of it really phased her. I think the pair ended up with a relationship which was very similar to a brother and sister.
Kira, played by Camilla Belle was also a good role and she managed to come across in a good light. I thought the chemistry between her and Nick was good and how they did have a history. She also had a good on screen relationship with Cassie who instantly disliked her and this showed a different side to the two characters. There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in this film, including the likes of Scott Michael Campbell, Djimon Hounsou and Cliff Curtis but for me the one who really stood out was Djimon Hounsou, he managed to make his on screen presence well know and I loved the dark part which he played and how strong and forceful he came across.
As you can imagine with the character having special powers then there was a lot of special effects in the film. These were all very well made and looked very real. There was no time when I could clearly see an added back drop or a dodgy effect. I have to give a lot of credit to the special effect producers as they made the film worth watching. There were times when I had not got a clue what was going on as there were people shooting all over the place and people mind tampering but the special effects really were entertaining to watch and exceptionally well made. The music throughout the film was not very memorable but it did help with the emotions and settings for the film.
The film was set in Hong Kong and I loved seeing their culture and way of life. I think a lot of time and effort went into the scenes where we saw places around Hong Kong and for me having never visited it gave me a slightly better insight into their way of life.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus features which include:-
4 Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
Making of Featurettes - The science behind the fiction
I am not a fan of bonus features so have not taken the time to watch these so I am unable to comment on them.
The running time of this film is 106 minutes and I found this to be a great length. The storyline moved at a good pace throughout and at no point did I find I was loosing interest. The certificate is a 12 as there are scenes of moderate fantasy violence and I do definitely agree with this. I paid just under £5 for this DVD at Amazon and I have seen this on sale in both Tesco and Asda for £5 which feel to be a great price.
Overall I am definitely going to recommend this film for fans of films such as Matrix as it is quite similar. Hubby was not overly impressed as he was expecting different powers and for them to be superheroes but even he did say the special effects and acting were good. For me it was full of action and I found it to have a very interesting storyline. Definitely a 4 star movie for me.
Overall an enjoyable and entertaining film, carried mainly by the acting more than the storyline. The concept is the next stage of human development, with psychokinesis, seeing the future and creating new realities being just some of the abilities possesed by those who are the next stage. The government wants to use and control these individuals for there own needs.
The battlelines are drawn with a small force of people including the main cast members, Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning, against the goverment forces 'The only way to win is to change the future' An explosive and action packed film which unfortunately is let down by a predictable and sometimes teadious plot.
Stand out performance by Dakota Fanning (Previously seen in War of the Worlds) as this young actress shows again why she is class. She captures the role perfectly with quirks and comedic responses like it was second nature.
The running time for the film is 106 minutes and this dvd includes special features including an Audio commentary, 4 deleted scenes, a making of the film and a featuring showing the science behind the fiction. I'm not personally a fan of audio commentary unless I am particularly keen on the film, however the deleted scenes available on this disc are a good watch.
Film Only Review
A group of people with special powers are being pursued by a top secret government agency. Only by banding together and uniting their powers do they have any hope of escaping them forever.
In 1945 Hitler began experimenting on people who were born with special abilities in the hope to create a super army. After the war when Hitler's doings weere uncovered other countries used his research and carried on these experiments setting up they're own divisions accross the world.
Although abilities between these people vary there are main types: Watchers can see glimpses of the future, Movers move objects with their mind. Pushers can make peple believe anything they wish, Bleeders can scream so high pitched that they can make peoples ears bleed. Stitches can heal people, Sniffs can take an object and get a scense of it's history and it's owner, Wipers can erase peoples memories while shadows can hide things from sniffers.
The film begins a decade ago with a young boy named Nick and hs father are running through a hotel, being chased by the division. Nick's father tells him that one day a young girl will give him a flower the girl will ask for his help and if Nick helps her he will help them all. Nick's father getshim safely out the way whil he himself isn't so lucky and loses his life.
Skip forward to present day Nick is now living in Hong Kong when a young girl named Cassie comes looking for him. Cassie is a watcher but hasn't quite honed her skills. Cassie needs Nicks help as her mother (also a watcher is being held by the Division. Nick (a mover) also hasn't honed his skills and is reluctant to get involved. Cassie tells him that she knows Nick can help her and the key is to find a dark haired girl. The dark haired girl turns out to be a pusher named Kira, Nick's ex-girlfriend.
Kira herself has just managed to escape from one of the division's facilities after being injected with an experimental serum which will either kill her or make her more powerful.
In order to protect Kira and save their kind Nick and Cassie enlist the help of other people with powers but can they be any match for the Division?
Henry Carver - Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond)
Cassie Holmes - Dakota Fanning (Charlotte's web)
Kira Hollis - Camilla Belle (10,000 BC)
Nick Grant - Chris Evans (Sunshine)
Director - Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin)
Running Time 111 mins
This film would of totally passed me by, I had never heard of it or anything about and only came across it by accident while looking round the dvds in my local supermarket, I quite enjoy the TV show Heroes which does have some simialrites and love Lucky Number Slevin by the same director so I decided that I must watch this.
Although action packed this is a film that you really have to concentrate on to totally get the plot, there are quite a few twists and turns and the film tends to flit about a bit but all gets explained sooner or later.
There are great performances from Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle but leading man Chris evans isn't always convincing.
I did really enjoy this, like I said it is a little like Heroes except much more gritty , with funky camera angles and a pretty cool soundtrack, which gives the movie a more realistic feel.
As for the special powers most would be great to have especially being able to Push ideas and thoughts into other people's minds but wa left wondering what the point of Bleeders were, it's a rubbish power.
I found it quite and enjoyable film, fans of Heroes and similar shows involving the paranormal and films will enjoy.
Cert 12 A
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The trailer for this film was great, the movie...um...wasn't. It didn't have a sense of direction and, come to think of it, didn't actually make sense.
It attempted to be a twin to films such as X-Men, but instead it fell flat on its face and came off as a poor man's attempt at a copy of the former. Trying to overtake and impress a certain demographic takes more than a weak film, with bad acting and poor storylines. The casting of Dakota Fanning however was very good in retrospect, she played a very smart, cool kid that sort of maintained a decent balance between adulthood and childhood. I'm going to struggle at recanting the plot - because it didn't really make sense, but i'll have a go.
It's essentially about a girl along with a male companion have to find a girl in Hong Kong before a government organisation called 'Division' do. Using telekinetic and special powers (much like X-Men). It has more holes than a golf-course and often finds itself straying from the plot. I really hope they never make a sequel.
Similarly Push has been lambasted by the press, and only made a meagre $6m at the Box-Office - which isn't the best. I certainly wish I'd never paid to go see this film. Leave X-Men be, please no-one try to copy it again.
I remember watching the trailer for Push last year and really wanting to watch it when it came out, but for whatever reason I missed it at the cinema and have only just now caught it on DVD.
Directed by Paul McGuigan, whose filmography includes Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Wicker Park (2004) and The Reckoning (2003), it's a science fiction thriller much in the same mould as the X-Men film trilogy and Heroes TV series. I think it is this which first made me take note of Push, it's all about people with various super-powers fighting against each other, and as a comic book fan it definitely appealed to me.
The plot centres around a group of American ex-pats with various different powers who join together in an attempt to take down a mysterious government agency who are trying to use a dangerous drug to enhance their powers and create an army of super soldiers.
The film stars Chris Evans in the starring role, as the character of Nick Grant, a "Mover" who is able to manipulate objects with his hands. Young actor Dakota Fanning is his co-star, playing the character of Cassie Holmes, a "Watcher" who can see visions of the future, and daughter of the greatest Watcher the world has ever seen. Dakota Fanning was without a doubt the best actor in the film, light years better than the majority of her co-stars, she sure is going to turn into a fine actor.
Push was filmed on location in Hong Kong so the whole film has a great visual style to it which looks really genuine. Every shot it vibrant and exciting which only adds to the action sequences, which are in tern pretty good, fast paced and well shot, with great CGI used to show of the various characters super-powers.
This film is not a classic by any means but there's not really a lot you can complain about. It's nothing ground breaking and most of it I've seen done time and time again, and in most places done better. But if you're a fan of the TV series Heroes, the X-Men films or comics, or even shows like Fringe, Alias and The X-Files this is an enjoyable watch which is worthy of your time.
Main cast includes;
Chris Evans as Nick Grant
Dakota Fanning as Cassie Holmes
Camilla Belle as Kira Hudson/Hollis
Djimon Hounsou as Agent Henry Carver
Ming-Na as Emily Hu
Cliff Curtis as Hook Waters
Release Date: 20th February 2009 (UK)
Director: Paul McGuigan
Runtime: 111 minutes
A review of just the film, Push was released on region 2 DVD in June 2009.
When a boy named Nick witnesses his father being murdered by a team of mysterious agents, he realises that his life will never be the same. Fifteen years later, now living in hiding, Nick does his best to outwit a shadowy organisation known only as The Division, who hunt down and conduct experiments on people with special abilities. When a student named Kira escapes from a high security facility, agents from the Division are soon on her tail and Nick finds himself teamed up with a young girl named Cassie who brings him a flower, as his father foretold many years eariier....
For its cinematic release, the critics pretty much savaged Paul McGuigan's science fiction fantasy and it disappeared almost without a trace. From the director who had previously brought us the likes of Wicker Park and Lucky Number Slevin, it remains a disappointing release even if it's certainly not the car crash some writers would have you believe. Primarily, it suffers from comparison to some of the very obvious material that inspired the writer, but also it seems to suffer from the confinement brought about by a restrictive running time of 111 minutes.
The world of Push is a world inhabited by the descendants of children who formed the basis of experiments undertaken in World War 2. Demonstrating a host of different powers ('pushers' can telekinetically compel people to do something, 'watchers' can see the future) these people generally live in hiding, in fear of The Division who would wish to continue with the experiments. Set primarily in Hong Kong, Push sees Nick and a small group of his friends and confidants pitched against agents of The Division and a Chinese group who want to usurp The Division's control. In each group, there is a pusher and a watcher, of varying degrees of power, as well as a number of other individuals with different types of powers.
In film form, the narrative suffers terribly. This is a reasonably complicated world for the audience to learn about and the subject matter would almost certainly have benefited from the medium of television, where an episodic format would have enabled better control over the introduction of people, powers and events. Whilst at its heart, it's an old-fashioned tale of good versus evil, there is so much potential to be had from the various plot elements that it would have been almost impossible for the writer to confine this within the film's screen time. Any viewer could easily imagine how a television series would gradually introduce the various types of power and would build the suspense up around the convoluted plot developments in a much more laboured, more intricate and more rewarding manner.
As it stands, the whole thing therefore feels a little rushed, and almost certainly a little confused. The agents of The Division, for example, are just presented as mean men who wish our heroes harm, but a more calculated consideration of their motivations would work far better here. Take, for example, JJ Abrams' intricate plotting for season one of Fringe in which the bad guys and good guys are kept deliberately blurred, with gradual, thoughtful revelation of what's going on. In Push, The Division is a little one-dimensional and the characterisation only really works in this way. The lead agent Carver (Djimon Honsou on relatively good form) feels as though he could have a double edge, but his sidekick Victor (an unconvincing Neil Jackson) is more like a caricature than anything else. The story line is deliberately misleading and confusing, such that the audience is almost entirely unsure what is happening until the final frame, but writer David Bourla never seems to be able to persuade us that it won't go the way we always expect.
The action scenes are competent enough, even if they are relatively few and far between and, more problematically, feel as though they've been lifted from an X Men movie. This is one of Push's biggest problems. It feels as though it is trying to copy the successful Marvel Comics franchise, even though it's actually fairly well removed. In X Men, for example, the super-powered mutants are actually being persecuted by all of mankind, whereas here, it's really just a secret battle between the Division and all the gifted individuals. The X Men, of course, have always been intended to represent more grounded themes of racism and prejudice, whereas Push just wants to maintain the agenda that government is evil. But whichever way you look at it, Push DOES borrow heavily from the idea of having people who look relatively normal being able to do relatively abnormal things. Inevitably, there's also a developing theme in that one of them (Nick) isn't really able to manage his abilities properly, and spends the narrative journey mastering his skills. And just how many times will a film feature a clairvoyant who has to draw everything in pictures? Boring!
There are some curious casting choices here, too. Chris Evans (the fit one, not the ginger one) is a capable enough lead but seems stifled by the rather dour, uninspiring character that he's required to play. Compared to his role as The Human Torch in Fantastic Four, Evans is rather wasted here. It's also interesting to see child actress Dakota Fanning grow up on our screens. Now 15 (thirteen in the film) she's actually far less appealing than she was as a young child and her nasal, whiny performance as Cassie (a girl desperate to be taken more seriously) seems to reflect the real life as well as the screen one. Camilla Belle, recently seen as an ill-fated babysitter in When A Stranger Calls, doesn't really have the presence required for her role and also appears to be going through the motions. The most irritating characters have to be the Pop Boys, however, a pair of twins who use an ultra-loud scream to disable their foes and simply demand to be exterminated from the minute they arrive.
Push is one of those films that has a lot of potential and, in many ways, a lot of appeal. The concept is a good one and the enormous array of characters and abilities could have made this terrific. But it's simply overloaded with stuff and laboured by a pace that doesn't engage with the audience. Moreover, it feels like the pilot episode for something else and it wouldn't be an entirely shocking development to find out that a television series would be to follow. As a film, however, it's just OK.
Push is a curious take on the notion of superheroes, constructing a government driven operation, known as Division, designed to enhance powers of telekinesis in the aim of creating a super army. This, at least, is the platform upon which this episode is based, as we are introduced to the varying powers the characters possess.
There are Pushers, who can control and alter people's minds. This is probably the most impressive powers. Then there are Movers, who can use kinetic energy to move objects. The last of the three main powers focused upon are the Watchers, can can see the future, and its changes as they happen. There are others, such as Shadows, who can isolate someone and protect them against characters such as Sniffers, who are essentially those who can track anyone, anywhere.
So, what does all this mean? Well, the story follows Mover Nick (Chris Evans) and Watcher Cassie (Dakota Fanning), who come together more through prophecy than anything else, and must search for Pusher Kira (Camilla Belle), Division's only successful experiment whose powers have been enhanced by an injection. Kira is on the run, and has taken with her a syringe containing the Division's formula for power enhancement.
Division is represented in this film by Pusher Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) and his sidekick Mover Victor (Neil Jackson). They make for powerful and formidable villains, and the contrast is well made between the opposing sides, as well as the Chinese contingent of those with 'powers', as they attempt to acquire the powerful formula. The film is set among the back streets of a Chinese city, although specifics are never really mentioned. The settings are visually striking, and while this is definitely a sort of superhero film, it goes against the grain of the usual fist pumping macho genre and gives us a stylish and thought-provoking visual film.
However, this does mean that those seeking loads of action will probably find this a bit slow going, and the action scenes, when they do happen, aren't as convincing as they could be. I wasn't hugely impressed with the pace of the film, and at times it was very confusing. However, once you get the gist of it, and start to understand the setup, following Dakota Fanning's far too brief background narrative at the beginning of the film, there are actually some very clever plot twists. Not knowing what is going to happen next, but also knowing that there are characetrs who can see the future, makes it quite a tense matter, and some of the special effects in the final scenes are very effective.
However, I couldn't help feel that there was something missing. These Hollywood blockbusting Summer superhero films are occasionally slated for being too much about the action, but this does hide the fact that superhero films in general, and anything related to 'powers', tend to have rather weak plots, as the main focus has to be on the characters in order for us as viewers to understand the people involved. This is somewhat the case in Push, and I felt that at times, the balance of the film just wasn't impressive enough.
When the film ended, I was rather nonplussed, to be honest. I felt it had much more to give, and definitely left things quite open, with stated intentions by some of the characters leaving possibilites for a sequel should anyone decide to pursue it. However, I rather feel a lot will depend on the success of this as it gathers momentum on the DVD shelves now it has hit the shops. To be honest, it's not the sort of film I am likely to buy, and wouldn't really worry about watching it again. We acquired it through Blockbuster's delivery rental, and we're on a free trial for a month, so price wise, I couln't comment from my own experience. Would I be happy if I had bought it for over £10 from a shop to watch? Probably not.
First and foremost I chose to watch the DVD Push because it stars Chris Evans (not the ginger one). I really like this actor, he's good and he's really hot! I've enjoyed watching him as Jonny in the Fantastic Four and he was great in the sci-fi Sunshine. He's utterly gorgeous in my book and so if you couple him with a juicy new Sci-Fi concept then I'm in.
On the DVD Box It says- "Push is a riveting Sci-Fi thriller set in a deadly world of psychic espionage where the ability to move objects using only the mind, see the future, create new realites and kill without ever touching the victim can turn a person into a lethal weapon or - a target." Hmmm tell me more..
Our Hero (Chris Evans) Nick and a young teenage girl with extraordinary gifts (Dakota Fanning) take on a clandestine agency (led by Djimon Hounsou) in a battle they can only win if they change the future (also taken from the box).
They are thrown together to find answers to a mystery she can see unfolding and he can physically back up. They have to find a woman and save her before the "department" do, the mystery unfurls with the story needless to say they are not the only ones looking for her.
In addition we have a scary chinese family also tracking the woman. The all powerful Father and his sons have an awesome gift of being able to make such a violent noise that it makes your brain explode - cool! Their sister is also a watcher and is tracking everything that Dakota can see - it keeps the drama hot hot hot with action.
So what are the characters/actors like?
We first meet Nick (Evans) when we see him ten years earlier watching his parents being murdered. Later on we watch him living on the run and it's never completely explained. He's attempting to master his own gifts as a Pusher and ultimately finds himself caught up in a complex set of events that keeps him moving and developing. Evans is absolutely up to this task. I am a little biased because he is sooo my type, but that doesn't colour my opinion of a good actor. He's a pleasure to watch and he fits in the sci-fi medium.
Dakota Fanning is carving out a great future career for herself as an actress. She reminds me of a young Drew Barrymore - I hope she can pull it off. She is strong, feisty and yet shows great vulnerability too. I think this was quite a natural charater for her - ballsy and mature for her age. It worked for me. In this film she is what's know as a watcher, she can predict the future even though it may not be set. There are some truly tender almost father/daughter moments between her and Evans which serve to highlight how young she is and in parts how vulnerable. She handles this with ease and easily complimented her older cast.
Djimon Hounsou is a character I love to watch, I have enjoyed him in Gladiator and Blood Diamond. He exudes deep strength and power in all of his roles and there's no let up here. He is also looking for the woman, for differing reasons. His skills are scary, he has the power to control minds - including getting people to shoot themselves. It's great action and he's a worthy and believable master. He has a charisma that pours out of the screen and in this film he's a great nasty person.
what does it look like? Where's it set
Quite simply the special effects and the sci-fi minds behind this story are bang on. It's original and I loved it despite wishing for more details and answers. It is fast paced and full of intrigue but too many things are left unexplained.
There is a section in the extras called the science behind the story but I didn't have time to watch this before I had to return the film. Maybe it would have answered my questions but then again, I would still prefer the film to do that.
Incidentally my questions are - How did this state of affairs occur, how many people does it affect, what are the skills - can we have more details - how do they work, why are we just in one place in the world? - I'll move on..
The setting is brilliant, we are in Hong Kong for the most part and it makes for a visually stunning backdrop. It's pretty alien to my world as I've never been but you really get to see inside the city and it works brilliantly for the dark underworld moments - especially at the fish market.
So do I recommend this?
Push is a really enjoyable if slightly complicated film to follow. Empire have called it "Thrilling - Xmen meets Trainspotting". I can see what they mean but it is a multilayered story and I personally would have enjoyed a solid build up film - maybe even a trilogy here as I like the premise and really I desire more from the characters than we get.
You never know maybe they can develop this further? I do feel there's scope - or maybe like Star Wars they could write it backwards - hey in Hollywood they can do anything!!
I really wanted to watch this a few more times to feel I completely understood - like I've needed to with the Matrix. There's some deep and interesting stuff being conveyed here and it does take me a while to process all the details.
I think I'm going to have to buy it for my collection, of course to ogle Chris Evans - but also because there's something here - and for me it was really good.
Running Time 106 minutes
I spotted Push on Amazon and thought it would be worth a try, the synopsis read well and the cast didn't look Hollywood A-list.
The story is a mixture of Sci-fi and Fantasy, but not to the extent that it's extremely far from reality... The story follows 3 groups of people, two groups being defined as badies and one group as the goodies.
The story takes you on an adventure; a race between the 3 groups to find a suitcase with a hidden treasure which will change the world forever. The sci-fi element is catered for by the supernatural abilities certain people posses, ranging from seeing the future to controlling people's minds.
I found the film to be a pleasant surprise, the acting wasn't anything special, but it suited the story well and didn't take your attention away from the story. The film seemed longer than I would've expected, but suited the story superbly. Even though it was an action film, it managed to slow down the pace at times without putting me to sleep.
I can't say this is a film everyone will enjoy, but for anyone who likes a bit of sci-fi adventure like films such as Serenity, you'll love this...
Paul McGuigan's Push turns Hong Kong into a strange world inhabited by the assorted Pushers, Watchers, Sniffers, Movers and Bleeders who live there.
Nick (Chris Evans) is a Mover (A telekinetic with the power to move objects.
As a child, he escaped from Carver (Djimon Hounsou) a Special Agent of the Division, a U.S. government department searching for those with psychic gifts to be experimented on by Government scientists intent on creating a psychic army.
Nick meets Cassie (Dakota Fanning) 10 years later when she shows up on his doorstep saying that they need each other, she is a Watcher (someone who can see the future) whose drawings depict bad things that will happen.
The pair realise they realise they must save Nick's ex, Kira (Camille Belle) she is a 'pusher' who can plant ideas and make anyone believe anything she wants who has escaped from the Division and together they can stop the Division forever.
The three decide they must then help their fellow pushers, movers and watchers escape from the Division.
I found this film flawed, there were some really interesting concepts and some great fight scenes, especially one in a fish market with some excellent special effects, but it seemed like a lot of the effects had been used in other films such as the Matrix before and therefore didn't feel fresh.
The cast was also a weak point, Evans is wooden as Nick, he seems heroic in a really static way, while Fanning as Cassie is a girl who is old beyond her years and is quite dull for it, Belle seems to have been cast more for looks than any acting ability and the three struggle to build tension and audience rapport.
Apart from the fights and special effects the direction is pretty good, the star of the film is Hong Kong which seems the perfect place for this strange underground world of talented people, it looks amazing and is far more comfortable with the camera on it than any of the actors.
The evil powers are nowhere near sinister enough, the good guys seem slightly lifeless, overall it's a film splattered with potential but lacking in any end product, you leave the film wondering what happened and why you were left with such an unsatisfactory outcome.
Push is a really interesting film in some ways, it really doesn't follow the usual concepts of having a plot that makes sense or bothering in developing the main characters beyond what we initially see, but it does seem utterly entranced with the ideas that the universe is utterly enormous and offers endless possibilities, in that sense it is a really interesting but ultimately flawed film as the director allows his sense of wonder to overcome a sensible story, there is such a good story here trying to get out and potential flows from the screen but it is unfulfilled which is a shame.
The DVD is available on Play for £10.99 and includes:
* 4 Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary
* Audio Commentary
* Making Of Featurette - The Science Behind The Fiction
Colin Ford ... Young Nick
Joel Gretsch ... Nick's Father
Djimon Hounsou ... Henry Carver
Dakota Fanning ... Cassie Holmes
Robert Tsonos ... Division Doctor #1
Brandon Rhea ... Division Doctor #2
Camilla Belle ... Kira Hudson
Neil Jackson ... Victor Budarin
Chris Evans ... Nick Gant
Kai Cheung Leung ... Dice Man
Sun Nan Hung ... Dice Man's Heavy
Corey Stoll ... Agent Mack
Scott Michael Campbell ... Agent Holden
Wai Man Tam ... Cook in Fish Market
Hal Yamanouchi ... Pop Father (as Haruihko Yamanouchi)
Glossy superhero films are certainly a dime a dozen inside the Hollywood system, and Push, whilst adhering to many of the conventions of these films, as well as borrowing numerous plot elements from the likes of The Matrix and Star Wars, is actually a surprisingly entertaining, pleasingly kinetic film in its own right.
In the world of this film, there are a small number of humans with superhuman abilities, and are given simple names such as Movers (for those that have powers of telekenesis), Watchers (those who can see the future), and in by far the film's most smart and intriguing concoction, the Pushers, who are able to implant suggestions into the mind of anyone they come into contact with, manipulating them to commit actions that are entirely out of character.
The good guys, consisting of Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle, are being hunted by the nefarious line up of big bads, helmed by Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) of Division. He himself has the powers of a Pusher, and rather amusingly makes one of his own henchmen commit suicide after they fail to capture the goodies.
Although it's derivative and effects driven, it is a little smarter than most action packed blockbusters (and strangely, wasn't released in the Summer like expected), with the Pusher idea primarily being the innovation brought to the table. Perfomances are fine but not much more, and the plot, particularly in its latter stages, follows a very simple chase narrative with a few sharp twists, but it's very effective at its task, and I doubt many action hounds will be left disappointed.
Extremely well made and visually impressive, Push may borrow many elements from far better films, but a few unique touches, some flashy action sequences and mostly decent performances make this a watchable and often fun actioner.
Push plays on currently popular trends. The main characters have special abilities that are greatly desired by a dark government organisation known as Division.
Those with special powers are identified by a simple term categorised by their function. Watchers are those with precognition, able to see the future, whereas those with telekinesis (Movers) are aptly named for their ability to move objects with their mind. Pushers are able to plant a thought in the mind of others. It can range from a simple distraction to inserting or removing family members, thereby creating full memories with their associated emotions. In seconds. Wipers can wipe memories; Sniffers can elicit clairvoyant memory flashes from the smell of an object. Bleeders can emit sound waves that rupture blood vessels while Stitchers can heal or rend scar tissue as they see fit. Shadows can elude hunting by those such as Sniffers, by blocking their clairvoyant abilities. Finally shifters can alter perceptions of objects to enable them to resemble any object they desire for a limited time.
The premise of the story begins with a traumatic childhood memory for Nick Gant (handsomely played by Chris Evans), revealing his current situation in Hong Kong eluding agents of Division led by the dispassionate and calculating Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou). Losing his father to the Division, he is given a final, fateful message to help the girl who will give him a flower as everything depends on it.
We quickly move to the present with Nick coming to grips with newly emerged Mover ability. Dakota Fanning is fantastic as Cassie Holmes, a 14 year old watcher, able to see a dark future ever changing for the worse despite her attempts to improve the situation.
Led only by visions of times and places, she needs to find Nick, elicit his help to find a girl and with her, a case. This case seems to provide a solution and answer to getting her mother back from imprisonment within Division. It is also a valuable item known to watcher daughter of the Chinese gang leader who sends her Bleeder brothers to chase Nick and Cassie relentlessly.
Nick and Cassie under constant pressure need to find enigmatic Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle) a pusher who has just escaped from Division. She is fervently hunted by Division being the sole surviving recipient of an injection designed to boost abilities.
Cassie leads Nick on a twisting trail leading to people who, should they combine their abilities, will help them get the case. The difficulty is to get these suspicious people to help them when it will place them directly in to the focus of Division, the agency from which they have been running all their lives.
As the future can change from just the knowledge of it, the plot twists and turns between the two female leads as their knowledge and ultimately variable loyalties are made known.
The mythology held a great deal of potential energy. Unfortunately, despite a great cast and storyline fraught with dazzling action sequences this energy seemed to fizzle in an empirically proven reaction rather than explode fantastically.
Despite this, the pace and twist within the story generally keep you attuned and guessing, so I would expect that die hard sci fi and fantasy fans (like myself) will still find this a worthwhile way to spend a few hours on the couch after a hard week!
push is an action film along similar lines to the xmen films, where people through time have become mutated and they have special powers, there is quite a large number of people with powers in this film, they range from being able to move things with their mind (movers) or tell the futures (watchers) or convince people to do things against their will (pushers), the film centres around a pusher called nick who was told by his father when he was but a boy that he must help a girl who gave him a flower, in order to bring down the evel organisation known as the division. this girl that nicks father spoke about is a young watcher who finds him to help bring down division. as the story unfolds you meet further characters who have many different powers such as shifters who can change the appearance of anything and also shadows who can mask people with these abilities from sniffers who can smell an object and they know who has touched it and where they are etc... as the story unfolds there are many twists and turns and it is an all action film, even though it has similarities to xmen it stands alone in its own right. this film delivers a good paced story mixed with action through out and it ends up leaving off as if there is going to be a sequel in the not too distant future.