Push (2009)

I just realized as I looked at my post from yesterday that I forgot to include a day number with the entry. Hmmm. I actually kind of like it without. So, from this day forward, let it be known that I will furthermore omit the “days” from my posts. And so it shall be. Wow, it feels good to get that off my chest.


OK, so I should really focus on the review. Recently, I watched the movie Push (not based on the novel with the same name by Sapphire). I am a fan of superheroes in general, so this seemed like it would be right up my alley. Plus, it stars Chris Evans who plays, apparently, every super hero ever.


Push is not your run-of-the-mill superhero flick. Set in a not-too-distant future (or perhaps an alternate reality) Hong Kong, it’s not entirely uncommon for people to have super powers. When Nick (Chris Evans) meets Cassie (Dakota Fanning), she convinces him to help her steal a suitcase in order to shut down the Division, an organization with questionable motives. Of course, being Chris Evans, he agrees (because when would Chris Evans ever not help a damsel in distress?). The two meet up with Kira (Camilla Belle) who, while being the key to finding this case, is also being hunted by the Division. Thus it’s a game of cat and mouse as they race through the crowded streets to solve the mystery.


The concept of Push is cool and hip. I appreciate that it has a different feel than most of the other films in this genre. Nick is not bitten by a radioactive spider (thus causing him to have a Broadway disaster), nor does he run around in tights (sorry, ladies). In fact, he’s not very good at using his powers and seems to get his ass kicked more often than not. However, I like that about him. Nick has the best intentions but is very human in his actions (FYI human=fallible). Cassie, too, is hit or miss with her powers. She is able to predict the future, but only through her sketches—too bad she is only a slightly better artist than me (her stick figures are at least proportional). I guess this makes the film fun. They aren’t an even match for the Division or the other people on their trail, but the two are usually able to get out of sticky situations (like a bubblegum factory mishap or a sneaky coyote pouring glue on the road…).


The setting, too, is really awesome. Everything is crowded, confusing, and bustling—which both helps and hurts the characters. They are able to evade potential threats within the daily commotion, but this same dizzying whirl of people also causes confusion. I don’t know, I think it is just plain cool.


And while I liked the idea and look of the film, I feel a few areas fell short. Most notably, I thought the ending was annoying. Without giving too much away, I just thought that the whole last act was a bit too contrived and convenient for me (and yes, I realize that they supposedly planned it all out, but there were just too many variables that just happened to work in their favor for me to really buy it). I mean, it wasn’t a terrible, let-me-go-head-my-head-against-a-wall-for-three-hours ending, but it did irk me. Boo.


Also, I really disliked the character, Kira, played by Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C., The Chumscrubber, The Lost World: Jurassic Park). She is so unlikable and bland that I was actually hoping she would be captured by the Division within moments of her first onscreen appearance. Sorry, I know that is harsh, but I found that character to not only be the weakest of the film, but incredibly flat—kind of like Judge Doom after his run-in with the steamroller.


In my opinion, the good balanced out the bad in Push. It had such wonderful potential but it was a let down in the end. While I am not upset that I spent 111 minutes of my time watching it, I won’t be lining up for a repeat viewing.


Thanks for reading and have a super day!


Score: B-

Netflix Queue: 486

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