This is one of a short list of movies to be released in 2009 that I was kind of excited about. It opened nationwide today and I felt compelled to hit a matinee this afternoon.
After just reading another Gather's review of Twilight, another Summit Entertainment release, I think Summit has another winner here. Maybe not one with quite the hype and following of Twilight, but Push definitely has legs to stand on and should have a decent return at the box office.
Plot Summary: The Division is a dark government agency who is genetically transforming people with psychic abilities into human warriors. The Division also disposes of those who are unwilling to participate. Nick Gant is a second-generation telekinetic or "mover," and has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father ten years earlier. He has found sanctuary in densely populated Hong Kong, one of the few safe places for fugitive psychics like him. Nick is forced out of hiding when Cassie Holmes, a 13-year-old clairvoyant or "watcher," seeks his help in finding Kira, an escaped "pusher" who may hold the key to ending the Division's program.
Pushers possess the most dangerous of all psychic powers: the ability to influence others' actions by implanting thoughts in their minds. But Cassie's presence soon attracts the attention of the Division's super human army, forcing Nick and Cassie to flee for their lives.
With the help of a team of rogue psychics, the unlikely duo traverses the seedy underbelly of the city, trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities as they search for Kira. But they find themselves square in the crosshairs of Division Agent Henry Carver, a pusher who will stop at nothing to keep them from achieving their goal.
This was a decent flick. It had a solid storyline and saw it to a reasonable ending. I'm glad I saw it in the theater first.
After a flashback to 10 years earlier, the film opens with a narration from Fanning's character (Cassie) about various psychic abilities and The Divisions role in attempting to harness them. This was a good setup for the rest of the movie.
The story takes off pretty quickly from there with a wide range of characters, a showcase of cool special effects, and intense fight scenes to wow you along the way. I had no trouble understanding the character's plight and definitely had a "yeah" moment for the final sequence.
I really don't want to say too much more because you find out the character's real purpose in all of this as the story progesses. If I added more than the standard plot summary copied above, I would risk ruining the experiece for you.
I will say I enjoyed this movie and feel that as usual, the critics are a tad bit harsh. I give it a solid B. Could it have wowed me with more intense effects and cimematography? Probably. But I tend to like it more when a movie actually tells a story well versus skimping on the plot development for all the needless bells and whistles. Push is one of those movies that tells it well. And that's all this movie goer can ask for.
As an added bonus, Chris Evans certainly isn't hard on the eyes either.
Push is classified in the science fiction/fantasy and thriller genres. It's run time is 2 hrs. 1 min, and it's rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking, and a scene of teen drinking.