By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Summit Entertainment
Since I'm a big fan of NBC's Heroes -- which featured a strong season return last night -- I can't help but be partially interested in Push. Sure, it has all the elements that can make it just another Fantastic Four, but there could be just enough there to make it worth checking out.
With Push arriving to theaters this Friday, some of the first official reviews have begun to surface for the film. As expected, the consensus is not entirely positive, though they do mention that the film should have enough to open strong.
"Push" has no pull. A confused jumble of parts in search of a whole, the film 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 powers to create a U.S. super army. Director Paul McGuigan muscularly uses David Bourla's impenetrable screenplay to turn Hong Kong into his own plaything, with enough energy to power solid worldwide opening week numbers and plenty left over for vid futures.
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.
Instead, director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter David Boula are content to rely on the usual suspects, taking their visual and dramatic cues from other, more clever and involving sci-fi capers.
Despite its high-profile cast and a sizable marketing push from distributor Summit Entertainment, audiences won't require any paranormal powers of their own to realize they've seen this one before.
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