Push, the latest would-be superhero franchise, “has vibrant cinematography and decent acting,” writes Roger Ebert, “but I’m blasted if I know what it’s about.” Oh, he gets the basics: Movers are telekinetic, Watchers are psychic, and Pushers control minds. There are also Stitchers, Wipers, Sniffers, Bleeders, “but alas, no Writers or Filmmakers to speak of,” writes Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe.
The action blasts through Hong Kong, but “not much of it makes sense,” Morris writes. “The rest isn’t terribly interesting.” The plot sends curiously sexed-up Dakota Fanning and bored Chris Evans running from “the Division,” a nefarious government group, in “a frantic but meaningless clot of action scenes,” which “make Fantastic Four look like Seven Samurai,” says Kyle Smith in the New York Post. (Read more movie review stories.)