Imagine X-Men done with a different vibe and aimed at younger audiences and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Push really is. Although this sounds pretty harsh, movie is actually quite entertaining, especially if you like this type of stuff, you know, people with special abilities, secret government agencies and mutating vaccines. They even opted out to give us a lot of background information on most of the characters and events in order to build a comprehensive world, but the whole thing feels really wobbly. However, great special effects, camera and lack of good superhero movies, make this movie worth watching. The story is mostly set in Hong Kong, making the atmosphere much more exciting and vibrant. Hong Kong is a pretty chaotic place, so most of the filming was done guerrilla-style, with hidden cameras and actors doing their scenes in one takes. Chris Evans, who was already in 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Djimon Hounsou, Cliff Curtis and Dakota Fanning were all great, I mean, as much as you can be great with this material. I really didn’t like how Dakota was dressed, I mean for fucks sake the girl was fifteen at the moment of filming and for the most of the movie she’s dressed pretty scarcely.

Push [2009] Movie Review Recommendation PosterAfter the end of World War II, United States decided to form The Division, a special agency for people with special abilities like telekinesis, remote viewing and others. After years and years of research, they created a special vaccine that can enhance any power that a person possesses. The only problem is that all of the test subjects died. All but one. Her name is Kira and she not only survived the vaccine but stole one and escaped to Hong Kong. However, The Division is not willing to let that slide…

The thing that’s sorely missing from this movie is emotion. You never really feel for the characters and everything seems more like a tech demo than a fully fledged movie. While this makes the movie a bit boring and very easygoing for us, adults, I have no idea how younger audiences may feel about this. And this being a PG-13 movie, you can bet that they were aiming for that 13-18 sweet spot. This means you should limit your expectations, especially if you’re expecting something on the Marvel level. In the end, here’s a fun game: Push features nine types of known psychics, detailing their powers but never delving deeper into how the whole thing works; try to fill in the blanks using elements featured in the movie…

Director: Paul McGuigan

Cast: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle

Fun Stuff: The idea of a government agency controlling people with special abilities for military and/or intelligence uses is in fact inspired by real-life experiments of the US government, particularly the long-running Stargate Project.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465580/

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