Push

Stars:  * out of Four

Summary:  Though it toys with some good concepts, it wastes them all as it becomes just another sci-fi actioner.

It looks much better than it is.

It looks much better than it is.

Review:  A lot of people have compared this movie, a film about people with various superhero-like psychic powers, to last year’s ‘Jumper’.  In some ways, it is similar, but it is better than ‘Jumper’.  Not that that is particularly hard to do.

The cinematography, though quite beautiful at times, follows the ‘Bourne’ template so many action films are following these days.  It makes me long for the kind of patience old filmmakers exhibited, shooting long, dynamic takes and letting us take in the eye candy for more than two seconds.  ‘Push’ seems desperate to push as much information at you as possible, which the cinematography reflects.  There’s quite a lot of plot in this movie.  A lot.  Some of the plot is quite clever, making it a cross between ‘X-Men’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’.  If they had kept things simple and made one particular sequence the focal point of the film, this would have worked well.  I’ve said it before, but ‘Push’ really feels like a first draft by a rookie writer.  The characters are undeveloped, which taxes the actors (some of whom are quite talented), and the dialog is all focused on… ahem… pushing the plot forward.

It’s very easy to lose track of what’s going on.  I wanted to like this movie, I really did.  It just never had the heart or the patience to connect with the audience.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, feel free to see it.  If you figure it all out, tell me, okay?

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