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Genre: Sci-Fi/Action
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff, Scott Michael Campbell
Director: Paul McGuigan
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Year Made: 2008






Languages: English & Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.0
Running Time: 1 hr 46 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




A group of American expatriates with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities hide from a U.S. government agency in Hong Kong. The Divison, a shadowy government agency is genetically transforming citizens into an army of psychic warriors - and brutally disposing those unwilling to participate.

Nick Grant, a second-generation telekinetic or "mover" has been in hiding since the Division murdered his father more than a decade earlier. He has found sanctuary in the densely populated Hong Kong - the last safe place on Earth for fugitive psychics like him - but only if he can keep his gift a secret. 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 human bloodhounds 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 Divison Agent Henry Carver, a pusher who will stop at nothing to keep them from achieving their goal.


For a start, I shall give credit to "Push" for at least being an original superhero theme movie without its sources being adapted from a comic book or toy line though the rest of this convoluted movie fails to do justice to all those great ideas that float around.

Shot entirely in Hong Kong, the movie opens with a mysterious man who is being chased down by the authorities. Before being killed, he wanted his young son, Nick to help a girl who is someday going to give him a flower. The engaging sequence ends with the Djimon Hounsou character putting on his shades. Flash forward to years later as we see the Hounsou’s character again, this time with white beard looking at a girl who looks like she is suffering from seizure before remarkably escaping from the facility.

You are wrong if you think I’m going to regurgitate every single frame in this review, I’m simply stating how immensely engaging the prologue is before the plot dragged on and on in circles with the hapless audience in tow.

Chris Evans plays the grown up Nick and the now teeny looking Dakota Fanning as Cassie, a girl who enlist the help of Nick to retrieve a suitcase which supposedly able to bring down the mysterious government agency who are bent on capturing people with psychic abilities for their super soldier experiment. With nicks such as 'Mover', 'Watcher', 'Stitches' and 'Sniffer', this bunch of people are amazing to watch given their abilities. You see two villains with the ability to kill someone just by screaming their lungs out and the others manage to track one’s past just by sniffing say the person’s toothbrush.

But then again, "Push" never develops itself to a full-blown action superhero flick (X-men?) perhaps constrained by a microscopic budget nor introducing engaging characters (Heroes?) with the middle act sag so deeply that it ended up more like an indie superhero flick filled with some stunning raw cinematography of Hong Kong skyline and streets to kill the audience’s time. Personally, I find the fight at the wet market was impressive overall and the one at the tea house was choreographed pretty tightly unfortunately the whole issue of the agents tracking down the syringe is not the least interesting and convincing. In the end, it left more questions than it originally intended. Why the US government spent so much money and manpower over decades for an experiment that fatally killed this group of people with superpowers? Isn’t it more efficient to just train and engage them as agents or soldiers?

Like a kid with a blanket acting as his cape, "Push" never actually takes off throughout the 106 minutes. The filmmakers could have benefitted from a watcher’s premonition to determine its outcome before the commercial release.




There is nothing to complain about the disc's visual transfer though it only comes with a disappointing Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 5 August 2009


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