Review: Push

Overall Rating: 9

Push is a very entertaining and technically good movie.  The setting has a lot of depth and fascinating nuances that really got into my head.  The problem with Push was that it lacked texture but still has a lot of potential.  I would give it a 9 out of 10.

The Story:

A group of young American expatriates with telekinetic, telepathic, and clairvoyant abilities go in search for a secret that might be able to bring down a clandestine U.S. government agency referred to as “Division.” They try to find the only woman that ever escaped from “Division”. She is their only key to finding out where the secret is hidden.

The powers

I loved the way they did the powers in Push.  They gave each type a lot of power but also significant limitations.  This kept them from falling into the problem of having to constantly up the leads power until you wonder what is the point and why don’t they just blink fixing the conflict.

The different types of powers are:

  • Movers who have telekinetic abilities to move things and even to the point to create a shield.

  • Pushers can push specific thoughts, memories, emotions and even gain control of another.

  • Watchers have prescient visions

  • Bleeders have the ability to emit a sonic attack

  • Sniffs can track people or objects like a psychic bloodhound but require touch to do so

  • Shifters can shift one object into another for a period of time but mass must be similar

  • Wipers can temporarily or permanently wipe memory

  • Stitchers are psychic healers

Proper Use of Violence Action

The discipline displayed with the use of violence force was impressive.  There are plenty of action sequences, gun battles and things exploding in cool ways yet there was a wonderful restraint on the action keeping it from crossing over into violence. For instance the lead was beat really badly and on deaths door but they stopped from killing him because his death would stop them from getting the girl.  The second time because it would be senseless death because he could not stop the future foresaw and he liked the future and didn't want to accidently change it with a senseless death.

Lacks Texture

Texture has to do more with the feel of a movie, combining elements from: mood, a lived in setting, atmosphere, proper style, flow and even little things like which lies are used to tell the story.   Texture is best understood by thinking of it like tasting wine or food.  With Push they had all of the technical elements correct but ended up making something with a bland texture.  After finishing the movie I could get into the different aspects and rationally appreciate the experience but I was neither brought to a static moment, cathartic moment, pushed away nor pulled toward anything.

Best Moments

  • The ending gives a nice set up for a sequel.  I liked how they ended it my expectation slightly different.

  • The push moment on the roof with the security unit!

  • Why Bleeders think of the poor fish

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