If there's any truth to the predictions of science fiction, the future doesn't look good for people with superpowers. The message from X-Men and Heroes is clear: those with awesome abilities will be hated and feared by large government entities, which they'll have to do battle against to avoid capture, exploitation, and extermination.
The cliché of the persecuted mutants is such a given in this flavour of sci-fi, it's almost crossed over from clichéd to canonical, so it seems strange that this sci-fi action thriller Push uses great, repetitive narratives to explain it. Then again, maybe Push doesn't actually spend any more time lingering over the often heard details of mutant imprisonment than any other movie in the genre. It just feels like every single superhuman film has to spend half the film explaining itself and I am getting to the point now where I am getting a little fed up of it.
The romance between leading man Chris Evans and dead-behind-the-eyes Camilla Belle seems stale, passionless and pointless, but again it's just another cliché that we have to endure to go through the motions.
But all that being said, Push could still be a lot worse: it's not riddled with the production values, tired dialogue, or cringe-worthy acting that can often be present in science fiction, and in between moments of rehashing mythology from the Marvel universe, it does not all seem "been there done that".
So, really, with most of the movie's faults laid plainly on the table, it's only fair to point out the things Push has going for it: the story takes place in Hong Kong, which evokes a cool, beat-down vision for the movie; instead of having a jumble of random powered super humans, the mutants all fall into a handful of neat categories ("Shifters" can manipulate light and colour, "Watchers" can see the future, etc.); and there's a scene where a guy with telekinesis holds a gun to another guy's head... with his brain! Dakota Fanning also deserves a mention, when I saw she was in this film I was pleased as when ever I have seen her in the past I have really admired her amazing ability to act so naturally. As she has grown up I think that this ability really hasn't diminished, her performance always seems to be so laid back and unforced, and I really like that!
So Push is really a mixed bag. It has some great imagery and more than one high-quality action sequence, and Lord knows all movies could use more floating guns! But if your tolerance for repetition in super hero films is already low, this one will probably push you right over the edge.