Push

Summit Entertainment has announced that they are teaming with E1 Entertainment to develop a television series based on the superhero movie Push. The pilot episode, which will be written by David Hayter, who penned Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men, will be an “extension of the film”, a science fiction thriller, centered on people with paranormal powers who band together to take down a corrupt government agency.

I always thought that Summit had a good concept with Push, but the film was just poorly executed. So I’m excited to see how the tv show turns out. I can’t imagine it ending up worse than Heroes, and for all intents and purposes, a Push television series will be a Heroes 2.0 — let’s see if they can do it right this time around. Read the full press release, after the jump.

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For my money, an interesting failure will always hold more value than a bland success. That’s why I’m recommending Knowing; not because it’s a good movie (it’s not), but because it’s ambitious, compelling, and occasionally thought-provoking, even if it never forms a fully satisfying, cohesive whole. A lot has been made out of the film’s religious themes, with debates arising over whether the film is actually a veiled propaganda piece in favor of Christianity, or alternatively, if it’s promoting science over religion. I believe neither of those is accurate; instead, the film is presenting its own hypothetical theory about the origins of our existence, combining elements of modern scientific theories and biblical symbolism as a way of showing that it is possible for both sides of the debate to coexist. The “disaster movie” premise is merely a base, used as a means to communicate and expand on these themes. Naturally, this irritated many viewers, since people don’t like paying for one thing and then getting something else entirely. It also doesn’t help that the film fails to explore those themes in the most coherent of ways. Regardless, I found myself elated to discover that the film was at least attempting to be something much more than your standard “disaster movie” fare. It still hits those beats, granted, but it’s everything else the film has to offer that’s kept me talking about it. Unfortunately, this also includes Nicolas Cage‘s hammy acting, which does a damn good job of holding the movie back and making sure it remains firmly in B-movie territory.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Audio commentary with director Alex Proyas, and two featurettes (“Knowing All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller”, “Visions of the Apocalypse”).

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Movie Review: Push

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Some critics thought that Paul McGuigan’s last film, Lucky Number Slevin (2006), was too much style over substance, and while they might have had a point, I found myself energized by the promise that that small, Tarantino-esque film showed of its director. With Push, a thriller/action(?) film about people with special abilities, McGuigan is really branching out into new territory that his filmography hasn’t really hinted at before. Does he make the transition successfully? Or should you give Push a wide berth?
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Let’s face it. As far as superpowers go, the ability to move things with your brain is pretty awesome. Sure, flying is cool, turning invisible would have fun benefits, and super-strength could always come in handy. Plus it’s a lot cooler than all the “problem” superpowers, like having your entire body burst into flame, turning into some disgusting creature, or having your power be that you’re just extremely fat, and bouncy, like the Blob.

It’s just not the first power that leaps into people’s minds when they get asked, “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Maybe because that other stuff is too sexy. However, it’s the real thinking man or woman who chooses telekinesis, because once you realize the full potential of that power, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. As the telekinetic Push opens up this weekend, read on for an ultra-brief history of telekinesis, and find out how it’s affected cinematic history.

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New Push Clip: Psychic Showdown

Am I the only one who’s moderately looking forward to Paul McGuigan’s Push? Granted, the premise is strikingly similar to Heroes, but to me, it looked like a movie version of Heroes without all the terrible campiness, dialogue, and acting. Plus, Paul McGuigan‘s Lucky Number Slevin, while not a great film, showed a lot of promise. Still, the premise of the film (i.e. that there are people with super powers among us, and that the government is trying to harness their abilities for its own ends) is easy to make a complete mess out of, so I’m cautiously optimistic at best.

In any case, a new Push clip has surfaced online at Apple. This clip, “Psychic Shodown,” is of a battle between Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a second-generation telekinetic (AKA “mover”) with an enemy mover. While it starts out somewhat interestingly, it quickly devolves into the two of them punching each other using psychic-enhanced fist bubbles. Hit the jump to see the clip, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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Push Movie Poster

IMPA has the new poster for Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Push. The concept is pretty cool, but the footage that premiered at Comic Con was unimpressive (to be nice). The theatrical poster hints at some of the film’s many possibilities.

Push hits theaters on February 6th 2009.
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Push Movie Trailer

The first trailer for Summit’s sci-fi thriller Push is now online. Footage for the film premiered at Comic Con in July, and was mocked by most everyone in attendance. The concept seemed kinda cool (if not a Heroes/X-Men rip-off) but the low budget effects left many people in laughter (ie “the big scream”).

There are special people in this world that have been born with psychic powers. In 1945, government agencies set up for psychic warfare, trying to turn those people with abilities into soldiers. After the war, governments began to set up divisions with agents trained to hunt them down like animals, test and categorize them. There are a bunch of different types of psychic abilities: A watcher can see the future, A mover is telekinetic, Sniffers who can see the history of an object, Shifts can temporarily change the shape of things, Wipers can wipe your memory, and pushers can put thoughts in other people’s heads. The divisions are trying to develop a drug which would allow normal people to develop psychic abilities, but apparently every test so far has been fatal. Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a watcher, teams with a young man named Nick Grant (Chris Evans), to take on a clandestine agency in a race against time the will determine the future of civilization.

Horrible dialogue, CW-level effects, but a semi-cool sci fi plot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Push hits theaters on February 9th 2009.

Comic Con: Push Footage Revealed

Summit Entertainment revealed the first footage from their upcoming thriller Push. The clip played like the opening credit sequence of a film, showing us images and close-ups but no actual scenes (of at least as far as I could tell). The segment was cut over Clint Mansell’s Fountain soundtrack which probably made it feel cooler than it actually was. A young female character named Cassie explains that there are special people in this world that have been born with psychic powers. It was explained that in 1945 government agencies set up for psychic warfare, trying to turn those people with abilities into soldiers. After the war, governments began to set up up divisions with agents trained to hunt them down like animals, test and categorize them.

There are a bunch of different types of psychic abilities:

A watcher can see the future.

A mover is telekinetic.

Sniffers who can see the history of an object.

Shifts can temporarily change the shape of things

Wipers can wipe your memory.

And pushers can put thoughts in other people’s heads.

Cassie is a watcher

The devisions are trying to develop a drug which would allow normal people to develop psychic abilities, but apparently every test so far has been fatal.

A second clip showed an agent played by Djimon Hounsou who convinces a guy to put a gun into his mouth and kill himself through mind control.

A third clip shows Nick Gant, played by Chris Evans, who has gone into hiding in the busy area of Hong Kong. He is eating at a fish market with Camilla, played by Dakota Fanning, while she tries to convince him to join up with her in the fight against the devisions. Nick decides to leave, but Cassie follows him trying to convince him to help her. But just then she sees some cheesy flashes of the near future. “They’re here in the market” “We got to get out of here!” The group corners Cassie and Nick.  One of the hunters says “Stupid child… I’ve already seen how you die.” Cassie responds “But we know its not here and not today.” Chris screams, using his ability to blow shit up all around them. Fish tanks everywhere explode. The special effects were clearly unfinished, and you could tell. The story offers some interesting possibilities, but the screenplay seemed very weak. And what else can you expect from the guy who brought us Bat Thumb, a parody of batman using characters made out of thumbs. There were actually a few unintentional laughs from the crowd, which is never a good sign. But then again, the Twilight fans next to me said it looked awesome.

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