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Push - Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou, Paul McGuigan

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

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Push is a sci-fi thriller that takes us into the secret world of psychic espionage. Our hero is Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a young man whose father was genetically altered to be the perfect government assassin. After the brutal murder of his father, Nick swears revenge on the agency that created him.

Hidden in the underworld of Hong Kong, Nick assembles a group of rogue psychics to defeat Division, the covert agency responsible for creating and experimenting with psychic drugs for decades.

Nick teams up with Cassie Holmes, a 13-year-old girl who can see the future, to track down a missing girl and a stolen suitcase that could bring the downfall of Division - the key to their mutual revenge. Combining their skills, they outwit assassins and learn about Division's latest secret weapon - a powerful and new experimental drug called R16, which could shift the tides of psychic warfare.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime science fiction supernatural psychic powers supernatural China government thriller chase

Persons of interest

  • Camilla Belle .... Alyssa English
  • Dakota Fanning .... Cassie Holmes
  • Chris Evans .... Nick Gant
  • Djimon Hounsou .... Agent Henry Carver
  • Maggie Siff .... Teresa Stowe
  • Joel Gretsch .... Nick's Father
  • Neil Jackson .... Victor Budarin
  • Colin Ford .... Young Nick
  • Scott Michael Campbell .... Agent Holden
  • Nate Mooney
  • Hal Yamanouchi .... Pop Father
  • Corey Stoll .... Agent Mack
  • David Bourla .... Screenwriter
  • Paul McGuigan .... Director

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Theatrical report

Push is an interesting film but not as interesting as you'd hope. Too many things just happen to work out in the hero's favour: people just happen to turn up; places just happen to be found; powers just happen to match the enemy's. Coincidence is a fine thing as long as it's not planned. Still, there're a lot of fun things to entertain those who like secret underworlds woven into their everyday life. Psychic powers, white foreign devils living in Hong Kong, black ops, secretive government agencies... then there's the killing in multiple and diverse ways, the sneaking around, the traps, the hunting, the twists. It's just unfortunate that there're 111 minutes of film but only 91 minutes of story.

The best part of Push is the relationship between Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. It's a bit creepy to have a 14-year-old girl stalking a 27-year-old man no matter what her psychic powers are. And what's she doing wandering around the slums of a foreign city on her own anyway? Talk about being weirded out.

Watch this on DVD and it will be ok.

The crime, science fiction, supernatural movie Push is directed by Paul McGuigan and stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Djimon Hounsou.

Government security censorship classification

M (Violence and infrequent coarse language)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 10 September 2009

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