Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does.

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Paul McGuigan

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David Bourla
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Colin Ford ... Young Nick
Joel Gretsch ... Nick's Father
Djimon Hounsou ... Henry Carver
Dakota Fanning ... Cassie Holmes
Robert Tsonos ... Division Doctor
Brandon Rhea ... Division Doctor
Camilla Belle ... Kira Hudson
Neil Jackson ... Victor Budarin
Chris Evans ... Nick Gant
Kai Cheung Leung Kai Cheung Leung ... Dice Man
Hsin-Nan Hung ... Dice Man's Heavy (as Sun Nan Hung)
Corey Stoll ... Agent Mack
Scott Michael Campbell ... Agent Holden
Wai-Man Tam Wai-Man Tam ... Cook in Fish Market
Hal Yamanouchi ... Pop Father (as Haruihko Yamanouchi)
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A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Director Paul McGuigan was much more interested in the character element of the picture than in its action element, stating that though it was an action movie, the characters were very developed, much more so than in most such genre films. See more »

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Carver refers to Kira as their "patient zero" a couple of times. But the term is correctly used to mean the first person who gets sick at the outbreak of a disease. She's not a "patient zero", she's their first successful test subject. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Nick: Dad, what's happening?
Nick's Father: I need you to listen to me, like we're the last two people on the planet, okay Nick? Someday, a girl is going to give you a flower. You got that? A flower. And you have to help her, Nick. You help her, and you help us all. Okay? I know it doesn't make any sense right now, but I believe the woman who told me that. Do you think you can believe me?
[Nick nods]
Nick's Father: I love you. Know how I've said that you were special Nick? Turns out that I was right.
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China Funk
Written by Alex Greggs and Dennis Shaw
Performed by South Rakkas Crew
Courtesy of South Rakkas Entertainment
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Best of the recent movies in this new sci-fi sub-genre
7 February 2009 | by blindcurveSee all my reviews

"Push" is the best movie from a recent new genre of science fiction movies. This new genre of movies, which includes "Jumper" and "Wanted", generally involves characters with psychic or psionic abilities, a conspiratorial shadow group, and an unlikely anti-hero, set against a banal or dystopian realism. "Push" blows these other two admittedly weak offerings out of the cinematic water.

Both the visuals and the action in "Push" are quite good. "Push" is set in Hong-Kong. The city has enough exotic flavor to be interesting and enough grit to provide a realistic backdrop for the more fanciful elements of the film. The filmmakers captured the feeling of a William Gibson novel without having to set the film at night in the rain for the entire movie.

The action sequences are excellent. "Push" does not suffer from the hyper-kinetic, shake-the-camera-until-the-viewer-is-confused action sequences of "Bourne Ultimatum" or "Quantum of Solace". In "Push", you know who is punching whom and you can tell who is winning.

Visual effects? Here is what sold me on this film and on this filmmaker's vision: When a "mover" (a person with telekinetic powers) uses his ability to push something away or to enhance the power of a punch (yes, I said TK-enhanced fight sequences...don't drool on your keyboard) the visual effects people were smart enough to consider the effect on the nearby air. The air gets...crimped, and as a result the light refracts in a split second rainbow pattern at the moment of impact. That level of forethought and detail is what "Jumper" and "Wanted" lacked.

Another element that this movie possesses that "Jumper" and "Wanted" doesn't is a focus on the characters. Any movie or show about psychic powers or "superpowers" lives or dies on the relationships between the characters. The male lead and Dakota Fanning are excellent together and quickly establish a rapport that gives the film more depth. Honorable mention goes to the enemy "watcher"--she is genuinely threatening, lollipop notwithstanding. I also loved the tip of the hat to the anime genre exhibited in Cassie's (Fanning) wardrobe.

This movie is worth every bit of the matinée price I paid. And I will probably watch it again.

A few points: One, this is not a superhero movie. While people who like "Heroes" and some of the Marvel films might enjoy this movie, one should not go in expecting that kind of experience.

Two, I do wish that the producers had about 15 million extra dollars. The extra money would have allowed them to show more of the story and neatly tie a couple of loose ends, rather than telling the audience. I sincerely hope this film does well enough to garner a more expansively budgeted sequel.

Three, this movie has some minor plot issues, especially a small deux ex machina cum Toyota, that might bother some. But, if you choose to buy into the experience, "Push" will take you on a fantastic ride.

-Blindcurve


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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,079,109, 8 February 2009

Gross USA:

$31,811,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,858,618
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