Movie Review: PUSH (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

PUSH was directed by Paul McGuigan from a screenplay by David Bourla and stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Neil Jackson, Nate Mooney, Xiaolu Li, Ming-Na Wen, Cliff Curtis and Corey Stoll, 

Push follows two young Americans with special abilities who race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does. Hang on tight as a gang of super-powered paranormal operatives takes you on a white-knuckle thrill ride. The excitement starts when a future-seeing Watcher (Dakota Fanning) convinces a telekinetic Mover (Chris Evans) to help steal a briefcase that holds a billion-dollar secret. But to outrun government agents, they must enlist a mind-controlling Pusher (Camilla Belle) who could be their salvation – or their doom. Push will pull you in completely.

Push takes place in the in the Hong Kong underworld and features a world that’s full of people who possess special abilities and it’s all pretty much split up into two sides. These people are called Movers, Watchers and Pushers but there’s also the Division, a sinister government organization that constructs experiments in psychic warfare by using some of these people as guinea pigs. Nick Gant (Chris Evans) has declared his own personal war against Henry Carver (Djimon Hounsou), who is the head of the Division. He recruits the help of Cassie (Dakota Fanning), a young Watcher and Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle), a troubled Pusher who Nick has some history with, along with a few other allies, who help him with his war and to ultimately stop the Division for good.

Push features a world full of people with different abilities and this government organization that wants to use them for its own sinister agenda. I liked how the movie takes place in the Hong Kong underworld and thought they did a good job bringing this dangerous setting to life. The movie had a lot of potential because it takes more of a grounded approach to the whole special ability/mutant genre than how the superhero movies handle them. There is a lot of action and some special effects so the biggest flaw of the movie was the writing and character development because I just didn’t care about what happened to these people.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Push came along when movies that featured people with special abilities (aka mutants) were really becoming the trend. The X-Men and Spider-Man movies had been around for a few years and the MCU was just getting started with its masterful game plan but the craze really hadn’t taken over just yet. Even though Push features people with special abilities, unfortunately it’s not that good of a watch. The story is bland and the characters really aren’t all that interesting. Even some of the special effects are just flat out cheesy. Like guns floating in the air when the person could just hold it and pull the trigger themselves. Not even Chris Evans who’s played Captain America and the Human Torch was able to save this disappointing sci-fi adventure. I got a reminder why this movie didn’t do so well at the box office even though it does look good in UHD. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Push will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on April 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Format: 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, four deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul McGuigan and Actors Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional Audio Commentary with Director Paul McGuigan) (03:19)
  1. Cassie Buys Alcohol
  2. Stowe and Popgirl on the Phone
  3. Cassie Hides from Stowe
  4. Stowe Killed by Popgirl
  • “The Science Behind The Fiction” Featurette (09:17)
  • Breaking Down the 9 Types of Physics Featurette (4K Exclusive) (02:35)
  • Digital Copy

 

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