Push (2009)


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


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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, Rovi

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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 (127) | Top Critics (26)

Silliness rules the day: plot holes abound and are plugged with techno-pounding action sequences and more nonsensical guff. As a TV pilot, this might have worked; as a film, it's loud, confusing and inane.

Feb 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Belle... is blank as a page, and the intended romantic chemistry between her and Evans is never in evidence.

Feb 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Push has vibrant cinematography and decent acting, but I'm blasted if I know what it's about.

Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There are many problems with Push, and most are the usual boring things: unnecessary plot loops; long, dumb musical interludes; a charmless script; and ostentatious action sequences in which the only person excited is the cameraman.

Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A silly movie that is partially engrossing and plenty convoluted.

Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Evans and 10,000 BC's Belle shuffle through a turgid romantic subplot, and though the two characters are very, very pretty, they've got the chemical spark of a banana.

Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

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

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Young people with magic powers avoid gloomy (dastardly?) secret government types in Hong Kong. Not bad, and the big Asian town provides a needed break from the usual, but plot contortions aplenty and that maddening, supposed-to-be-cool-MTV-video-sh-sh-shaky-camera work undercuts the work for the worst. And how is it that nobody with magic powers in all these "I wish I had magic powers wish fulfillment movies" enjoys the use of it???

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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
John Manard

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