Push (2009 film)

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Push
Pushposter08.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul McGuigan
Produced byBruce Davey
William Vince
Glenn Williamson
Written byDavid Bourla
StarringChris Evans
Dakota Fanning
Camilla Belle
Cliff Curtis
Joel Gretsch
Li Xiaolu
Neil Jackson
Ming-Na Wen
Maggie Siff
Djimon Hounsou
Narrated byDakota Fanning
Music byNeil Davidge
CinematographyPeter Sova
Edited byNicolas Trembasiewicz
Production
company
Distributed bySummit Entertainment (USA)
Icon Film Distribution (UK)
Release datesFebruary 6, 2009 (2009-02-06)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$38 million[1]
Box office$48,858,618[1]
 
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For the 2009 film directed by Lee Daniels previously titled Push, see Precious (film).
Push
Pushposter08.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul McGuigan
Produced byBruce Davey
William Vince
Glenn Williamson
Written byDavid Bourla
StarringChris Evans
Dakota Fanning
Camilla Belle
Cliff Curtis
Joel Gretsch
Li Xiaolu
Neil Jackson
Ming-Na Wen
Maggie Siff
Djimon Hounsou
Narrated byDakota Fanning
Music byNeil Davidge
CinematographyPeter Sova
Edited byNicolas Trembasiewicz
Production
company
Distributed bySummit Entertainment (USA)
Icon Film Distribution (UK)
Release datesFebruary 6, 2009 (2009-02-06)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$38 million[1]
Box office$48,858,618[1]

Push is a 2009 American science fiction superhero thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan. The film stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, and Ming-Na Wen. The film centers on a group of people born with various superhuman abilities who band together in order to take down a government agency that is using a dangerous drug to enhance their powers in hopes of creating an army of super soldiers.

Plot[edit]

An organization within the United States government called the Division has been secretly experimenting on people with psychic abilities since 1945. Two "Movers", Nick and his father Jonah, are running from the Division. Jonah tells Nick of a vision he received from a "Watcher" about a young girl he must help in the future in order take down the Division. Jonah helps Nick escape as Agent Carver of the Division arrives and kills Jonah.

Ten years later, the Division tests a power boosting drug on a "Pusher" named Kira. Rendering the doctor unconscious, Kira steals an augmentation drug-filled syringe before escaping. In Hong Kong, Nick is hiding as an expatriate. A young girl, Cassie, arrives at Nick's apartment, explaining that she is a Watcher and that they are going to find a mysterious case that will help them take down the Division. Following Cassie's predictions, they go to a nightclub to meet Nick's friend Hook, who is a "Shifter". He tells them to go to Emily, a "Sniff" who helps them find Kira (who knows where the case is). Nick and Cassie find Kira, who had a romantic relationship with Nick. They recruit a "Shadow" named Pinky to hide Kira from the Division, and Cassie finds a key in Kira's shoe to a locker in which Kira hid the case.

Nick devises a complex plan that involves a "Wiper" erasing his memories of his plot so no one can suspect what they are planning. Meanwhile, Hook retrieves the case, which has the syringe Kira stole. Hook duplicates another case to match the real case with the syringe. As part of the plan, Kira surrenders herself to Agent Carver, who introduces himself to Kira as a friend, stating that her memories of being in a relationship with Nick are false and that she is actually a Division agent who volunteered to take the augmentation injection and suffered amnesia.

Nick goes to retrieve the augmentation drug but is confronted by Carver and Kira, who force him to take them to the construction site that contains the locker holding the case. But they are ambushed by the Triads, and in the midst of the fight Nick grabs the case and jams the syringe into his arm, apparently killing himself. After the fight ends and Carver leaves with Kira, Nick wakes up. Cassie appears, and retrieves the true case with the syringe, revealing that Nick took the duplicated case and injected himself with soy sauce, as they had planned. Cassie deduces that they will soon see Kira again.

Flying back to America with a sleeping Carver, Kira opens her purse and finds an envelope from Nick. She opens it and finds a photograph of herself and Nick in a relationship. A message written on the photo says "KILL HIM. See U soon - Nick." Kira's voice is heard saying "Put your gun in your mouth", as the screen fades to black; after which a single gunshot is heard.

Cast[edit]

Dakota Fanning at the film's premiere
Camilla Belle at the film's premiere

Types of Superhumans[edit]

Watchers

Watchers have the ability to foresee the future to varying degrees. As knowledge of the future invariably causes that future to change, Watchers' visions of the future in their direct sphere of influence are subject to frequent shifting. Watchers visions are like a sense of deja vu. Watchers can get visions at will. Drinking alcoholic beverages can temporarily enhance a Watcher's abilities (as shown by Cassie). Cassie and Pop Girl are Watchers. Cassie's Mother has been revealed to be the most powerful Watcher in the world, setting all the events and forseeing them even decades earlier, also saying them to Nick's father.

Movers

Movers are powerful telekinetics who are trained to identify the specific atomic frequency of a given material and alter the gravitational field around it, usually causing the nearby air to appear warped. This allows them to move both animate and inanimate objects. Advanced Movers can work at the molecular level, creating energy shields in the air around them or create power fists and kicks, a strike that delivers three times the power of a normal punch. Nick is a Mover with his abilities at a basic level. Victor, Carver's right-hand man, is a more advanced Mover with ability to create shields. Nick's father was also an advanced Mover.

Pushers

Pushers have the ability to implant memories, thoughts and emotions into the minds of other people in order to manipulate them. The skill level of the Pusher determines how many people the Pusher is able to control at one time, and how vivid the implanted memories are. A powerful Pusher can push a large group of people at the same time, basically creating a personal army. A Pusher is able to make a person do anything the Pusher desires, even commit suicide. A Pusher's eyes indicate how powerful they are: their pupils will dilate to certain degrees depending on how powerful the push is (for example, Henry Carver's eyes are rendered completely black, signifying that he is an extremely able and effective Pusher). Kira is also an very powerful Pusher, controlling 12 people at the same time.

Bleeders

Bleeders have the ability to emit high-pitched sonic vibrations that cause ruptures in a target's blood vessels. While using this ability, their pupils turn into vertical slits, like a snake's, because of synthetic materials implanted in them to protect their blood vessels from the effects of their own ability. They are also sometimes known as Screechers or Screamers. Pop Girl's brothers and father, the Triads, are Bleeders. Pop Girl's brothers are powerful enough to destroy locks on doors and shattering glasses to pieces, showing that they are advanced Bleeders. The father of the trio is a extremely advanced Bleeder, creating such a powerful sonic vibration that causes an entire 20-floor construction site to collapse, also killing him.

Sniffs

Sniffs are highly developed psychometrics who can track the location of people or objects over varying distances. Like bloodhounds, their ability is increased if they have tactile access to an object that has been in direct contact with the subject. Sniffs receive information in the form of images, which is why identifiable landmarks help increase their effectiveness. Emily Hu is a highly trained Sniff, and she uses her powers for money. Carver's associates who kidnapped Kira are also Sniffs.

Shifters

Shifters can temporarily alter the appearance of an object by manipulating patterns of light interacting with it. Once the illusion is established, it remains with the object for a short period of time. For example, a Shifter could touch a one dollar bill and alter it to appear as a one hundred dollar bill until the effect expires. The object shifted must have roughly the same dimensions as the object it is shifted into. The length of time that the effect will last is based on the Shifter's experience. Hook Waters, an ex-Division agent and Nick's friend, is a highly experienced Shifter, capable of turning a large suitcase into a fake one and managing to hold the illusion for a quarter a day.

Wipers

Wipers are skilled at either temporarily or permanently erasing memories, an invaluable asset in espionage. Experience will dictate the accuracy of their wipes, though there is always the danger that they will eliminate a desired memory. Wo Chiang, a fisherman who lives on a dock, is a Wiper who uses his powers on those who request it for money. He also erases part of Nick's and Kira's memory, and saves Cassie from Pop Girl by sneaking behind her and wiping her entire memory. Wo Chiang, although an old fisherman who looks docile and fragile, is actually a very powerful Wiper that can erase a memory with perfect accuracy.

Shadows

Shadows are trained to block the vision of other clairvoyants, such as Sniffs, making any subject within their target radius appear "dark". Experience will enhance the size of the area they can shadow and the intensity of their shielding effect. Shadows need to be awake to manifest their ability, so it is common for a detail of two Shadows to operate in shifts while protecting a person or object for extended periods. Most Shadows are effective only against Sniffs, but some extremely powerful Shadows are able to block even Watchers. Pinky, a friend of Nick's, is a Shadow, and he is effective only against Sniffs and is shown to be inferior to the Division's Shadows. Like other characters, he also uses his powers for money. An old woman hired by Kira to hide the syringe has the ability to shadow an entire building, even from Watchers.

Stitches

Stitches are psychic healers trained to quickly reconstruct cells to their previous or healthy state. Using only their hands, they can heal and even un-heal whatever they have done. For more detailed work, Stitches use a silver-based cream on their hands which acts as a conductor for their ability. Teresa Stowe is a powerful Stitch, capable of healing Nick's back to pristine shape, and also uses the cream.

Reception[edit]

Director Paul McGuigan at the film's premiere

Push was generally poorly received by critics.[2] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 21% of critics had given the film positive reviews, based upon a sample of 106.[3] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 36, based on 21 reviews.[2]

On its opening weekend, the film opened #6 grossing $10,079,109 in 2,313 theaters with a $4,358 average.[4] As of Nov 2010, the film has grossed $48,858,618 worldwide, and $16,285,488 in DVD sales in the US alone making $65,157,106 (not including worldwide DVD sales) surpassing its budget cost of $38,000,000 by over $27 million.[1]

Variety: “A confused jumble of parts in search of a whole, Push plays like a mix-tape sample of scenes from Heroes, Fringe, Alias and The X-Files as it follows good guys gifted with paranormal powers trying to stave off bad guys with the same…”

The Hollywood Reporter: “While the concept of corralling assorted Movers (those with telekinetic talents), Watchers (clairvoyants) and, of course, Pushers (mind controllers with the ability to alter one’s memories) and placing them against a stylish Asian backdrop is intriguing, the picture seldom rises to the occasion. …monotonous…”

Screen Daily: “The most compelling thing about Push is its setting. The film was shot entirely on location, which affords it a fresh look and feel, be it in a chase through a local fish market or the juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers and bamboo scaffolding…[The screenplay] is a jumbled mess of narrative clichés.”

Comic[edit]

Wildstorm, an imprint of DC Comics, published a comic book mini-series that acts as a prequel to the film. It was written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (who write The Highwaymen for Wildstorm) and Bruno Redondo supplied the art.[5] Issues were published between November 2008 and February 2009, and a softcover collection (ISBN 978-1401224929) was published in September, 2009.

Home release[edit]

Push was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 7, 2009. The DVD included deleted scenes, a commentary, and a 'making of' featurette. Wal-Mart released the film as a double-feature DVD with Knowing.

Soundtrack and score[edit]

No official soundtrack has been released, although the full score is available to stream online on the official Neil Davidge website.

ArtistTitle
The KillsWhat New York Used to Be
Yin XiangjieThe Love Of Boat Trackers
Radio Citizen and BajkaThe Hop
Working for a Nuclear Free CityRocket
Neil DavidgeOriginal music for Push
UNKLEGlow
Daniele Benatie and Fernando PaterliniEverybody Ciao
South Rakkas CrewElevator China
The NotwistConsequence
South Rakkas CrewChina Funk
The Old CeremonyBao Qian
Jiang XianweiA Visit to Suzhou

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Push (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Push (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Push Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for February 6–8, 2009". Box Office Mojo. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  5. ^ SDCC 08: Wildstorm Snares Push License, IGN, July 22, 2008

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