Push

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Push

Review (6/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Wow, where do I start with this one. "Push" stars Chris Evans as a guy living in Hong Kong who is among an elite group of people in the world who possess special powers to perform various acts, whether it be moving objects with your mind, implanting thoughts into people's heads, seeing the future or in some cases, seeing the past. Nick (Evans) can move objects with his mind. He meets up with a young woman named Cassie (Dakota Fanning) who has the ability to see the future. (It's kind of wierd seeing Dakota all grown up, showing way too much leg, and even cussing now and then. It just doesn't seem right.) Nick and Cassie team up to try to stop a shady government organization, known as The Division, from getting a secret formula that they are going to use to make an army of paranormal operatives who will do bad things for the government - or something like that. The movie also stars Camilla Belle as a mutant who can contol people's thoughts and who is the key to stopping the government program and Djimon Hounsou as a determined Division agent who will stop at nothing to make sure he gets his secret formula. It seems Kira (Belle) stole their formula and that is why she must be stopped. The story is, in fact, much more convoluted than that, but I guess that's it, more or less, in a nutshell.

The first thing I will say about "Push" is that it is a lot more complicated than it needs to be, and that makes it a bit confusing at times. There's "movers", "watchers", "pushers", there's a dude who smells a tootbrush like he's sniffing Megan Fox's underwear, there's a bunch of these mutants who you don't know if they're good, bad or ugly (turns out most of them are ugly) and then there's these Chinese dudes who scream so loud that it kills some people, but not others. It just seemed there was a lot going on and it was a bit hard to follow at times. I also found Nick's big plan to get back the secret formula that everyone was chasing to be a bit confusing too.

But on the positive side, I will say that the action in the last 20 minutes or so of the movie wasn't too bad. I really liked some of the special powers the movie displayed. The people who could sniff things to find out an object's past - that was cool. I could only imagine the things I would do with that ability. Some of the moments featuring a "pusher" manipulating the mind of another person were also pretty neat. However, I did find those screaming banshees (the "bleeders") to be rather annoying. The "shifter" who seemed to be temporarily able to change objects - for example changing a blank piece of paper into money - was also a good idea. I just didn't get why he would be in a strip bar. He seemed like a regular in the strip bar, so wouldn't the paper he was turning into money eventually turn back to the original paper? You would think the strip bar would figure out eventually that it was him using the phoney money. Like I said brilliant idea, just bad execution.

Nonetheless, I will say that "Push" was an okay movie. Like I said, it seemed to want to be much more of a story than it needed to be and that made it, at times, needlessly complicated and confusing. But it still managed to have some entertaining moments, mostly when the mutants got to use their powers. The movie even ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, which makes me wonder if there will be a sequel. I would think if that were to ever happen, it would definitely go straight to DVD.

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