Push

Dakota Fanning  Actor Djimon Hounsou  Actor Chris Evans  Actor Camilla Belle  Actor Cliff Curtis  Actor

PG13

MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Sci-Fi Violence,Youth Substance Use,Smoking,Mild Language

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Push

Theatrical Release Date: 2008 (USA) / 2009 02 06 (USA - Limited) / 2009 02 06 (USA) / 2009 (USA)

UPC: 025192027277

Studio: Universal Studios Home Ent.

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Sci-Fi Violence, Youth Substance Use, Smoking, Mild Language]

Summary: Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan takes the helm for this action thriller concerning a group of telekinetic American ex-patriots who band together in an attempt to take down the clandestine government agency that's genetically transforming normal citizens into powerful psychic warriors. The Division is a shadowy government operation devoted to making humankind the ultimate weapon. Those who accept this transformation have the power to move objects with the mind, see the future before it happens, create new realities, and dispense of their enemies without so much as a single touch; those who are unwilling to participate are immediately terminated. Nick Gant (Chris Evans) is a "mover," a second-generation telekinetic who went into hiding after the Division killed his father more than a decade earlier. He lives a life of anonymity in Hong Kong, a densely populated place where fugitive psychics such as himself are safe as long as they can keep their unique gift secret. Suddenly into Nick's life comes 13-year-old "watcher" Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a clairvoyant who needs his help in tracking down escaped "pusher" Kira, who may hold the key to bringing down the Division once and for all. A "pusher" is the most powerful kind of psychic due to his or her ability to influence the actions of others by planting thoughts in their minds. Now, as Nick emerges from hiding in order to help Cassie find Kira, the Division's human bloodhounds are hot on their trail. In order to elude the authorities, they'll need to disappear into the seedy underbelly of the city while relying on a team of rogue psychics to help cover their tracks. But Division Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou) is a powerful pusher who has made it his mission to stop them at all costs, regardless of the collateral damages that may occur in the process. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Features: Audio Commentary with Director and Actors
Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
"The Science Behind the Fiction" Featurette

Push

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 07/07/2009

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DHMA, DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 111 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Cammila Albertson

If there's any truth to the predictions of science fiction, the future doesn't look good for people with super powers. The message from X-Men, Heroes, and Firestarter is clear: those with awesome abilities will be hated and feared by large government entities, who they'll have to do battle against to avoid capture, exploitation, and extermination. The cliché of the persecuted mutants is such a given in this flavor of sci-fi, it's almost crossed over from hackneyed to canonical, so it seems strange that the 2008 sci-fi action thriller Push takes great, repetitive pains to explain it.
Then again, maybe Push doesn't actually spend any more time lingering over the oft-heard details of mutant imprisonment than any other movie in the genre, it just feels like it does. It's hard to tell when everything else in the film is a little stale too -- especially the romance between leading man Chris Evans and dead-behind-the-eyes Camilla Belle. But all that being said, Push could still be a lot worse: it's not riddled with the chinzy production values, trite dialogue, or cringe-worthy acting that usually mar science fiction, and in between moments of rehashing mythology from the Marvel universe, it does come up with some novel new ideas of its own.
So really, with most of the movie's faults laid plainly on the table, it's only fair to point out the things Push has going for it: the story takes place in Hong Kong, which evokes a cool, beat down, Blade Runnerish vision of the future; super powered mutants all fall into a handful of neat categories ("Shifters" can manipulate light and color, "Watchers" can see the future, etc.); Dakota Fanning never delivers on the preemptive awkwardness you feel when you discover she'll be spending the movie in a mini-skirt; and there's a scene where a guy with telekinesis holds a gun to another guy's head -- with his brain.
So Push is really a mixed bag. It has some great imagery and more than one high-quality action sequence -- and Lord knows all movies could use more floating guns -- but if your tolerance for repetition in genre films is already low, this one will probably push you right over the edge. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

Cast and Crew: Stan Wlodkowski  Executive Producer 
Bruce Davey  Producer 
William Vince  Producer 
David Bourla  Executive Producer 
David Bourla  Screenwriter 
Paul McGuigan  Director 
Michael Ohoven  Executive Producer 
Glenn Williamson  Producer 
Neil Davidge  Composer (Music Score) 
Dave Valleau  Executive Producer 
Amy Gilliam  Executive Producer 
Gretchen Somerfeld  Executive Producer 
Dakota Fanning  Actor 
Djimon Hounsou  Actor 
Chris Evans  Actor 
Camilla Belle  Actor 
Cliff Curtis  Actor 

Country: USA