Movie Review - Push
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking.
Starring Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, and Camilla Belle.
Push is a sci-fi/thriller about a group of people who have paranormal abilities that allow them to do extraordinary things. Nick (Chris Evans) is a pusher, so he can push things or move things with his mind. Cassie (Dakota Fanning) is a watcher, so she can see the future. Kira (Camilla Belle) is another pusher, who survives an experimental drug that increases her abilities. She escapes the agency, THE DIVISION, that gave her the drug against her will. Cassie finds Nick to help Kira so Cassie can help free her mom from Division. The entire movie now revolves around Nick, Cassie, and Kira fighting against Division to save the lives of themselves and others.
Push has some excellent special effects. The fights are interesting and full of flashy visuals that keep your eyes glued to the screen. The only problem is why they are fighting. The script is rather lacking in substance and the acting is sub par which adds up to a large amount of confusion and boringness. Dakota Fanning is the lone bright spot delivering a somewhat believable performance while the romance between Nick and Kira is laughable at best.
I find myself enjoying and not enjoying Push. I really was strung on by the special effects and wonderful fight sequences that were - to a degree - original. However, the talking and inconsistent plot lines managed to drain most of the fun out of the fight sequences. This combination of good and bad, made for a watchable flick, however not one that I will be watching again.
Push is worth a shot and is at least better than last year's sci-fi/thriller Jumper. That comparison should give you an idea of what to expect with Push if you watched Jumper. Push is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for showtimes.