Push is a fun, fast-paced action film. I won’t spoil the film by telling you all the details, but I’ll tell you just enough to see if you will like this film and a little extra to help you enjoy it a little more:
In the future, genetic tinkering has caused a few people to develop psychic powers and the government has a drug to make them into deadly psychic soldiers. A man and a child partner up to steal the drug and to stop the government genetic program. This film is shot with frightening clarity, convincing psychic powers, and a throbbing music track. That’s really all you need to know to enjoy this film!
BEWARE: SPOILERS IN THE NEXT SECTION!
However, many people tried to follow the details from reviews and became confused. Everything comes clear after seeing the film a couple times, but I’ll lay out the plot details here, if you like.
Sarah, the world’s most powerful psychic, looked 10 years into the future and set up a plan to save herself and her daughter. Sarah told her young daughter to look for a secret case when she was 13. Sarah also arranged for a telekinetic, a psychic healer, a psychic memory wiper, and a powerful psychic shadow to help Cassie in her future search.
Ten years later, as the movie begins, drugged and imprisoned Sarah jams a security door with a marble, allowing psychic prisoner Kira to escape with a secret drug. Kira hides the drug in a case, hides the key in her shoe, and has her memory wiped so no one can find it. Sarah’s powerful elder psychic now guards the case from discovery. Then Sarah’s daughter Cassie (who also sees the future) gets telekinetic Nick to hunt for the hidden case. They find Kira through a lost bead, and are all pursued by 4 psychic US agents, and a psychic Chinese gang family, who all want the case. Nick gives sealed orders to each team member and then wipes his memory so psychics cannot find out his plan. The film culminates in a psychic battle between government agents, the gang family, Kira (who has been turned by a US agent), and Nick, who discovers he has new psychic powers, overcomes the aggressors, and escapes with Cassie.
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PAUL MCGUIGAN (Wicker Park, Sherlock, Lucky Number Slevin) directed Push.
DAKOTA FANNING (War of the Worlds) played Watcher Cassie Holms who draws the future in metallic marker. Many of the clothes she wore were her own.
CHRIS EVANS (Captain America…, The Avengers…, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) played Mover Nick Gant who befriends Cassie. Channing Tatum originally had the role, but it went to Chris, instead.
DJIMON HOUNSOU (Constantine, Blood Diamond), played government agent and super Pusher Henry Carver. A former fashion model.
CAMILLA BELLE played Kira Hudson, Nick’s Pusher love interest, who has received the psychic enhancement drug.
NEIL JACKSON (Quantum of Solace) played Mover Victor Budarin who is the bodyguard and muscle for Agent Henry Carver.
MUSIC: A crushingly great score by The Kills, Radio Citizen, Working for a Nuclear Free City, Neil Davidge, Unkle, The Notwist, and others. Tweak your stereo and tune your speakers for this one.
TYPES OF PSYCHICS IN THE FUTURE:
1) Watchers can see into the future.
2) Pushers can control other peoples' thoughts.
3). Movers (telekinetics) move objects with their minds.
4) Wipers can delete peoples’ memories.
5) Shadows can protect people from psychic detection.
6) Sniffs can track people by sensing the residue on objects they have touched (psychometry).
7) Stitchers can psychically heal or hurt people
8) Bleeders scream and burst peoples’ blood vessels.
9) Shifters change the appearance of inanimate objects. Be careful, though, it won’t last long.
1) When a locker door is smashed to retrieve the case, it magically heals itself.
2) When Nick threatens Carver with floating guns, the guns are not reflected in the mirror ceiling.
Push is a fast-paced, well-photographed action film with colorful multicultural scenes and driven music. Dakota Fanning’s performance is infectious and her close sister/brother chemistry with Nick is palpable. The conflict between independence and teamwork feels familiar, and the intrusive, social and governmental threat is believable. It will keep your heart and your mind racing until the end. I really like it.
OK. This is a fantasy that supposes people can have paranormal powers. If that is too much for you to imagine, don’t get this film. However, Push doesn’t have sappy absurd romances, ridiculous overblown heroes, or wild swings of luck that make most “reality” movies unbelievable to me. Take your choice.
On the other hand, there were real military experiments into psychic powers by the Soviet and United States governments. I was party to some of the results of the US “Stargate Project” and I can tell you what I saw was poorly designed, unscientific nonsense. So don’t get too far into the fantasy.
I’m always on the look out for fantastic films you may have missed. Push is frequently offered on cable, but I suggest you get your own disk for higher fidelity —my Blu-ray is great. BTW, Push has some bleeding ears but no unacceptable, language, nudity, or demons.
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I hope this review has been helpful. Enjoy!