Friday, April 2, 2010
Movies You Need To See Right Now - Push (2009)
There were a lot of big movies released last year. Star Trek, Up, The Blind Side, Zombieland, District 9, the list goes on and on. It's no surprise that with all the major movies released last year, at least one would fly under the radar.
It is unfortunate that the one of the movies that flew under the radar however, was Push. Push, at first glance, looks like another messy movie, such as Next, Transformers 2, or even the movie it was combo-packed with on DVD at Wal-Mart, Knowing. But if you give Push a chance, you'll find one of the most original films of last year.
Push takes place in present day Hong Kong. The unusual choice of locations gives the movie a very distinct, colorful look, which enthralled me, particularly in the later scenes of the movie. The movie begins with a narration, explaining that there have always been people who were born special. Psychics, is one name for them. Ever since 1945, when Hitler first began experiments on them, they've been hiding. There are all sorts of kinds, Watchers, who see the future, Movers, who are telekinetic, Sniffs, who can track anyone down, and Pushers, who can put thoughts into your head, are only a few. Governments of countries all over set up "Division's" set up to track down and experiment on psychics.
The movie begins when one Mover, Nick (Chris Evans), is found by a young Watcher named Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), and she tells him she saw them finding $6,000,000.
Soon, however, it becomes apparent that she was less than entirely honest. And a man from Division, Agent Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), ends up causing an action packed search through Hong Kong.
The plot moves extremely fast, and is difficult to follow, but if you can manage to give it your undivided attention, it is really really good.
The acting is extremely good, Dakota Fanning especially in the role of Cassie. Although, the movie is extremely intense, and there are some scenes that could potentially upset people, including one count of onscreen teenage drinking/drunkenness.
The power of the Pushers is easily one of the most original powers I've ever seen in this type of superhero-esq movie. It's hard to explain, and is what makes the movie so hard to follow, but they put thoughts into your head, creating memories of whole lifetimes that are indistinguishable from real memories and thoughts.
This causes the whole movie to get rather trippy, with characters, and even you not sure what's true and what isn't.
The movie ends on a cliffhanger, but is being made into a TV Series, which I look forward to eagerly.
It's very hard to describe what makes Push such a good movie, and I'm sure it's either going to be a movie you love, or loathe, with no middle ground, but if you're willing to give it a chance, I strongly recommend it.