Starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis & Djimon Hounsou.
Written by David Bourla.
Directed by Paul Guigan.
So there are certain people in the world, products of nasty experimentation (or the offspring of those experimented upon), who have superhuman abilities. Nazis, CIA, you name it – they all had a hand in the creation of these outcasts. ‘Divisions’ keep an eye on these people in various countries, but the American Division has its sights set on using a drug to enhance their abilities and thus create an army of super-soldiers (yawn). Their plan goes awry when of those guinea pigs escapes, and teams up with other gifted souls who take it upon themselves to keep her safe. (I could waste another couple of paragraphs attempting to explain the convoluted story, but I won’t.) This tedious film refuses to “push” itself forward and instead listlessly wafts through nearly two hours (!) with barely a sign of a heartbeat. Despite a neat resolution, ideas and concepts are squandered (not to mention the fact that the resolution hardly deserved the journey). Push seems intent on offering a distinguished take on what is essentially B-movie fodder and as a consequence, becomes borderline pretentious. Fanning’s performance suggests that perhaps her best work is behind her, and Belle continues to prove that she has all the acting range of a grapefruit (but hey – all you really need as a young actress in Hollywood is a pretty face, right?). Director McGuigan displays a sure hand at times, but the film as a whole is so incredibly lifeless that it could have been constructed purely for insomnia research. Push this off a cliff.