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A film that gives out with information overload!
on September 30, 2012
Push(released Feb/09)stars Dakota Fanning as Cassie,Chris Evans as Nick Gant,Djimon Hounsou as Agent Henry Carver,Cliff Curtis(Cliff is a busy New Zealand actor I recall from Hercules/Xena and the Live Free and Die Hard movie) as Hook Waters and others.This is a grand mish mash of ideas which just has too much on its plate.Its whole is not the sum of its parts.
The plot involves a whole slew of different types of psychic characters such as Pushers,Stitchers,Watchers,Wipers,Shadows,Bleeders,Sniffers,Shifters and Movers....and bears,oh my!
The film opens in Hong Kong and two Movers,a son and his father,are under siege from the Division.The father is a powerful entity that the Division wants back.The father saves his son by sending him away and he is killed by the Division chief Carver.In fact it is Carver who is front and center throughout most of the film hunting down his son,Cassie,a Watcher who his father told him would come to help one day,and others they interact with.The scene switches from the past to the present and Cassie arrives on the scene to assist Nick.An ex girlfriend of Nicks shows up and she has escaped from the Division,after having been injected with a powerful serum designed to boost her psychic abilities.She was the only one to have successfully survived the injection.Her mother is still being held by the Division,but she planted a case with the serum in a secret location.Cassie and Nick find the case,but a local Hong Kong gang with its own psychic individuals,along with Carver from the Division,also want the serum.
After Cassie and Nick retrieve the case,Nick comes up with a scheme to write notes to each of their party,who must not open them up until later.In the meantime Nick gets a mind swipe so he cannot recall the events of the last two hours,so if he is caught his mind cannot be gleaned for any info.There are numerous psychic battles fought between different factions,but in the end Carver gets the serum and Nicks girlfriend.On the plane ride back to the U.S.,the girlfriend opens up the letter given to her by Nick and its says to kill Carver.The film ends as a gun shot goes off.
While watching this I found myself,more often than not,trying to recall what type of psychic abilities this character had,or that;there are just so many.And also what each type actually did,powers wise.Some were kind of self explanatory,but others like Pushers,Bleeders and Movers were a bit too abstract to comprehend right off.Another draw back was that the movie rarely let one stop to breath,to take in everything the movie was throwing at you.If you got it fine,if you didn't,tough luck.It was information overload to the max.The movies concept was certainly different,but done in such a non-conducive style.
Technically speaking the film is in a w/s a/r of 2:35:1,and is clear and crisp.Extras include commentary,deleted scenes and a featurette.
All in all a movie with far too much going on and with a terribly relentless pace to it.The acting is good but the story is info overload,to the max.2 1/2 -3 stars.