Directed by Paul McGuigan
The government hunts people with paranormal powers.
For a sci-fi action thriller, Push is “curiously inert and talky,” said Rene Rodriguez in The Miami Herald. As the opening credits roll, director Paul McGuigan lays out the complicated premise, which involves a sinister secret agency’s hunt for an outfit of young Americans with extraordinary psychic powers. “Pushers” are essentially telepathic, “Watchers” are psychic, and “Movers” are telekinetic. Those of us stuck sitting through this confusing, drawn-out movie will be “Sleepers.” McGuigan surrounds his superteens with a “puffed-up plot that would make less sense to explain than to watch,” said Aaron Hills in The Village Voice. Yet the director makes a rookie mistake, trying to spell out the film’s confounding mythos. Despite his best efforts, Push “seems to have been made up as it was being filmed.” Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, and the film’s other talented young actors needed a better leader, said Michael Rechtshaffen in The Hollywood Reporter. Instead of developing into “one big paranormapalooza,” Push simply recycles the themes of more successful sci-fi capers such as X-Men and NBC’s Heroes.