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Push (2009)
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by William Goss

"The Secret Life of Beads"
3 stars

'Push' feels like a cross between 'Scanners' and 'Jumper' – 'Scamper', if you will, and I will, because that sounds like just the speed that these filmmakers are working at: characters run here, characters run there, and characters never do in one scene what can be stretched across three.

And, as is often the case, we can blame this all on the Nazis. Their medical experiments – the same ones that brought forth demons in last month’s The Unborn – were responsible for enhancing the psychic capabilities of their test subjects and any of their offspring. The governments of the world each saw fit to create a division responsible for capturing these fugitives in the name of military use (your tax dollars, hard at work!), and naturally, leave it to the American agency to use an oft-fatal serum on their subjects and then lose the one patient (Camilla Belle) who survives.

She bolts for Hong Kong, knowing it’s cheaper to shoot there, and quickly becomes the center of attention between all manner of Pushers (they have telepathic abilities and range in appearance from Belle to Djimon Hounsou), Movers (telekinetic and resemble Chris Evans), Watchers (precognitive and act like Dakota Fanning), Bleeders (they, um, scream really loud), Sniffers (they do exactly what it sounds like they do), Writers (they pile on exposition), Directors (they abruptly switch to grainy camera stock), and so on. If you lose track of who is who and which is which, don’t worry: that almost seems to be the idea.

Following up the twisty likes of Lucky Number Slevin, Paul McGuigan seems determined to replicate the MacGuffin-chasing antics of that film here, with scribe and executive producer David Bourla only happy to oblige in the third act. Until then, it’s more a matter of watching Belle act confused (too easy) and Fanning act belligerent and even drunk (too queasy), while Hounsou recycles his menacing agent routine from The Island and Evans elicit the same superhero apathy he worked up with the Fantastic Four films.

Last February’s 'Jumper' also had a young white guy with secret powers fleeing to exotic locales with an angry black man on his tail. However, the black man was Samuel L. Jackson, the locales were plural, the effects were better, and the result was shorter than Fanning’s skirt is here (88 minutes, compared to 'Push'’s 120 minutes). Besides, when your idea of a money shot is that of Asian thugs blowing up fish with their super-sonic screams, even Division would struggle to rank your movie above the level of Time-Waster.

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7/21/19 Mark Baumgart No Lucy Liu> All Aisans look alike. Right? Cretin. 5 stars
12/30/18 Mark Louis Baumgart A gritty superhero movie that isn't nearly as flashy as the marvel ones. Great stuff. 5 stars
9/14/17 morris campbell corny but watchable 3 stars
12/09/14 Wil Kaklstrom Outstanding film and soundtrack, based on the very real STARGATE project. 5 stars
7/29/09 mr.mike I liked it better on the second viewing. 4 stars
7/19/09 art A COCK "N" BULL STORY! 1 stars
5/16/09 Meredith Harshaw Cheers! We've heard DakotaFanning say"shit".Will she soon go way of FlimsyLohan&TerrorReid? 2 stars
5/15/09 Kathy ter Plugg Shows promise until last quarter gets bogged down in confusion. 3 stars
2/12/09 Ming This movie is not very interesting 2 stars
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