I have a thing for B-rated sci-fi movies. I would say most of my favorite movies fall into this category. Anything stylistic with a cool story and some badass females usually catches my interest. Push came out in 2009 to pretty low reviews by critics, which is no surprise since critics and I rarely seem to agree on movies. But the positive user reviews on IMDB assured me that this movie was worth a shot. And of course I watched it and it’s totally awesome.
Basically, the film is about a group of people with cool powers, all who are trying to evade the Division–a controlling government agency that uses these people and tries to weaponize them. There are different powers–people can be Movers, which is essentially like having telekinesis. Others are Pushers, who can push new thoughts into peoples’ minds. There are also Bleeders who can make people bleed out, and Sniffers who can smell things to trace a person’s actions. Etc. etc. This film has been compared a lot to X-Men and Heroes but I think that’s just because those things were relevant at the time. I don’t really find it very similar other than that basic concept of superhumans. Push is set in Hong Kong which makes it feel very cyberpunk, although there aren’t a ton of cyberpunk elements besides that.
I really loved the cinematography of this movie, and I was also pleasantly surprised by how clever the story was. I was expecting a fun action film but it had a unique story. Plus, Camille Belle and Dakota Fanning are both pretty awesome.
If you like a good, cool-looking sci-fi film, I suggest checking it out!