Saturday, May 30, 2009

Push 2009

I had been waiting to see Push from the first time I heard about it 4 or so months ago. I liked the TV show Heroes and I just generally like most super-power themed films or shows. Chris Evans (Sunshine, London, Fantastic Four) is one of my favorite actors of late and he plays the lead in this although the movie is not all his; Dakota Fanning does a great job as the way-too-mature-for-her-age character that she almost always plays. This time it's that same character except with the power to see into the future and draw it on a notepad in crayon. Camilla Bell plays the main love interest and Djimon Hounsou is the ominous and scary black guy, think his performance in Constantine. The movie's special effects were utterly spectacular at times and the different powers are portrayed in a very satisfying way. There is one particular shootout in a restaurant that includes the slow motion "Matrix Effect" but with a twist so original that I feel it is a must-see for all action fans. The plot is a tad convoluted but very original and is set in Thailand of all places. The photography is great and if they didn't shoot it on location in Thailand they fooled me big time. The only particularly negative thing I have to say about this film is that the pacing is schizophrenic. You get action for 10 minutes, people sitting in a room talking, action for 40 minutes, plot, sitting in a hotel room, action, end. Come for the special effects and stay for the very original plot and unique twist on the "superhero" theme that is so popular now.

Honestly: 7.75 out of 10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Superhero, Super-powers

In the Same Ballpark: X-Men, Heroes (TV)

Somewhat Related: Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, etc.

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