Push

Basically a superhero movie without the costumes. Nick (Chris Evans) can move objects with his mind, and Cassie (Dakota Fanning) can see the future. The two are on the run from “Division,” a top secret U.S. government agency run by Carver (Djimon Hounsou), a man who can put thoughts into people’s minds. There’s also a super-powered Hong Kong crime family in the mix; its members have the power to bug out their eyes and scream really loud. All these parties are after Nick’s girlfriend Kira (Camilla Belle) and the power-boosting syringe in her possession. On the downside, the plot’s convoluted, and audience suspension of disbelief is stretched to the breaking point at times. On the plus side, the film strikes a good balance between characterization and action. Excellent performances from Evans and Fanning, as well as Paul McGuigan’s capable direction, also help Push rise above mediocrity. HH
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