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Pushy psychics

PUBLISHED: 13:55 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

WATCHING: Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans in Push.

WATCHING: Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans in Push.

SET in an alternate reality where, thanks to World War II experiments, a portion of the population has psychic abilities, Push is a paint-by-numbers sci-fi thriller with little to recommend it. Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle) is a Pusher, someone with the ab

SET in an alternate reality where, thanks to World War II experiments, a portion of the population has psychic abilities, Push is a paint-by-numbers sci-fi thriller with little to recommend it.

Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle) is a Pusher, someone with the ability to implant thought in the minds of others, who has escaped from a sinister government department known simply as The Division, after their experiments to augment the psychics' power ended up killing most of them.

The agency is none too pleased and launches a search party, led by Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), to track her down. Also looking for her are Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a Mover, who can rather predictably move things using only the power of his mind, and 13-year-old Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning), a Watcher, who can see into the future. By the time they catch up with Kira, The Division is closing in fast.

The film's special effects are at times as preposterous as its plot. Often the objects being manipulated by the Movers sway around as if they are suspending on pieces of fishing line and the Pushers' dilating pupils are oddly reminiscent of Mr Majeika's twitching hair.

Push is released in cinemas tomorrow.

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