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Movie Review: Push Comes to Shove With So-So Results

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Yup, Push was good Heroes vs. bad Heroes in every sense, with an assortment of super powers spread pretty evenly across the board.

Helmed by director Paul McGuigan (not the former bassist from Oasis), Push is about a group of super powered folks hiding from The Division, a sinister government group of other super powered folks. Clearly writer/producer David Bourla did not have to search far and wide for source material.

And thus we see the Good Guys, trying to save The Girl from the Bad Guys, in a race against other Bad Guys to recover The Item. The MacGuffin in question is a case containing a power-amping but dangerous drug that allegedly only The Girl has been able to survive. Hiding in Hong Kong, these rebels struggle to stay off the psychic radar, until The Girl escapes from Division and the fight is on.

Good Guys: Chris Evans (blah Fantastic Four movies), obligatory leading hotboy; Ming "Deb Chen" Na, reluctant hero; FBI in charge of Die Hard 4 guy; and various other extras.

Bad Guys: Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as the Big Bad; his ever-faithful lapdog, Suit guy; and a few other random TV dudes to do his bidding. Plus there are the Asian gang guys (though the pretty girl was kind of on/off), to serve the role of “enemy of my enemy.”

In the Middle (but not really, because we know better): Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) with prophecies of doom and a brief tête-à-tête with Big Bad that did not result in him killing her on the spot as if to suggest he was using her all along; The It Girl, who killed (sort of) in self-defense and seemed shifty but, c’mon; and the “I help because I owe your mom” healer chick that wears stilettos, who we know is only out for herself.

Evil incarnate: Costume designers.

  • The It Girl was not forced into a “skin tight, low cut, Miracle bra, exposed midriff" clichéd Michael Bay movie wardrobe, so that was good.
  • A punked out Dakota Fanning was put in a jacket and tall boots, as if to suggest fall or winter, but Daisy Dukes to make her seem old for her years; skeevy but in a “well, just take a walk through a mall sometime” semi-realistic way.
  • But… they kept Chris Evans’ shirt on. WTH? Plenty of times to remove the shirt for a few minutes here and there. Missed opportunities! Eevviill!

One interesting thing about the cast: not all Hollywood super-pretty. Chris Evans and Djimon Hounsou were the only ones to bring heavyweight hot. The guys were all average and the women were all pretty and thin (but not freakishly so), but sort of glammed down. The It Girl wasn’t a total bombshell, even all dolled up at the end; I’ve seen other pictures of her at premieres, in which she looks much prettier.

Anyway lots fighty fight fu, graphics and CGI but nothing to raise the bar. Uneven but interesting “Us vs. Them” story, "interesting" in this case meaning “lifted from every other comic book, movie, television show ever made about super heroes.” So you have seen this in X-Men, Heroes, on the CW for typing out loud, which is why I've not covered who has Telekinesis or Premonitions or Mind Control; about the only power I have not seen as such were the "Sniffers," basically supernatural bloodhounds.

Entertaining enough I suppose if you like this sort of thing (which I do), but the movie was not unique, cool, fun, clever enough to be all that special. My biggest annoyance was the whole "set-up for a sequel, unresolved ending" B.S. Get over yourself, Push. Not every movie deserves its Electric Boogaloo.

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