Push'(ed) to the limit

MesaCC Legend

The Official Student Newspaper of Mesa Community College


Push'(ed) to the limit

Wesley Colvin

Science Fiction/ ActionPG 13 for language and violence

2 hours

Plot: When a young clairvoyant named Cassie Holmes (Dakota Fanning) comes calling, Nick Gant’s (Chris Evans) quiet lifestyle is turned upside down as he realizes that the leader (Djimon Hounsou) of an old terrorist organization that he worked for has returned to collect their property – woman who he hasn’t seen in years (Camilla Belle). Now he has to rely on the powers of a life he thought he’d left behind to bring down the Agency and ensure the freedom of the woman he loves .

Review: Chris Evans has always been entertaining and funny, but this is the first time he’s done anything resembling acting in one smartest characters he’s ever played. The convincing emotional range he gives Nick is well beyond anything he’s done to date. Dakota Fanning’s skill as an actress only seems to grow as she gets older. Her performance comes off as aloof, almost arrogant, throughout the story, hiding the pain of a little girl carrying a weight greater than she can bare on her own. One of the best parts, is actually the humor she brings out of her character as her age becomes one of the funniest gags in the movie. The love story development between Nick and Kira Hudson (Belle) is fantastic and gives weight to the conflict of the story bringing out the most emotion in Evans’ performance. Djimon Hounsou brings a commanding menace to Henry Carver as he manipulates his own workers and creatively destroys anyone who gets in the way.

Visually, this movie is stunning as the director makes the action feel wildly kinetic and the environment feels gritty and urban. The perfect setting for someone who’s been wandering the streets for years.

The story’s only drawback is the names given for each ability set: Pusher. Bleeder and Reader. These are some of the names that are distracting for audience members who are lead to think they’re more important than they really are to remember. If you can attach a skill set to a particular character, you should be good to go. In the end, this is a smart, funny action movie for the entire audience.

Grade: A-

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