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Push (2009)



Critic Consensus: The sci-fi thriller Push is visually flashy but hyperkinetic and convoluted.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Bourla
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 7, 2009
Box Office: $31.7M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Chris Evans
as Nick Gant
Dakota Fanning
as Cassie Holmes
Camilla Belle
as Kira Hudson
Djimon Hounsou
as Henry Carver
Cliff Curtis
as Hook Waters
Joel Gretsch
as Nick's Father
Colin Ford
as Young Nick
Neil Jackson
as Victor Budarin
Ming-Na Wen
as Emily Hu
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Critic Reviews for Push

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (28)

jThe script has no deep meaning and the film does just what it was intended to do: take an audience on a fantastical journey with loads of action.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010

Push is an empty calorie extravaganza and demands a crooked concentration it doesn't earn to sufficiently piece this mess together.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Set and filmed on location in bustling Hong Kong, the tight urban street and winding alleyways suit the film perfectly, but this is not enough to save Push from the Oscar season garbage dump.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Light fixtures are the true stars in "Push," constantly reflecting, twinkling and popping. Its best moments are when guns levitate and fire themselves. When you don't even need actors to hold pistols, it's the ultimate in autopilot filmmaking.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009

Push is a chase film dolled up with supernatural powers and chintzy retro design motifs.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

McGuigan's saving grace is a willingness to slow down and savour his own images. At best, a moody inconsequence takes over and confusion feels like part of the plan.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Push

You know I really didnt hate this movie or really like it. I think my daughter liked it more when she came in and out of the room watching bits and pieces. Overall I was not disappointed since i did not go in with much.

John Manard

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Nothing special, the directing style kinda make the story a little confusing to be consumed..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Push Quotes

Carver: With her we are going to create an army the world's never seen before.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Nick: How long do you think your mom's been planning this?
Cassie: Probably since before I was born.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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