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Live from Hall H: Push Footage Revealed, Mind Control is Kinda Cool

The Cast of Push at Comic-Con 2008

Alright, so I know this doesn’t exactly work under the “Live from Hall H” banner, as it is something that happened yesterday, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it. Yesterday afternoon the fine folks at Summit Entertainment gave Con attendees an exclusive first look at their upcoming film Push. This one stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou as people with the ability to control things with their minds. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), Push tells of a group of special individuals, born with the gift of powerful minds, who are taken into a government program called “The Division.” This Division basically tries to find ways to enhance these gifts in an attempt to turn these people into weapons.

For those paying attention, it is a lot like the Russian army sub-plot in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, only a little bit more realistic. And by “a little,” I mean a little.

Realistic premise or not, the folks at Summit showed up with cast and filmmaker in tow to wow us with some cool footage. They began by explaining who all of these characters are. A very grown-up looking Dakota Fanning plays a watcher, someone who can see into the future. Chris Evans plays a mover, someone who can move things with their mind. Djimon Hounsou and Camilla Belle both play more dangerous folks called pushers, who can put memories into the minds of people around them. That last one is, in fact, the coolest. Imagine all the things you could do with that particular power — “Remember when you said that you owed me money?” Joked Paul McGuigan about his film’s premise.

Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning in PushAfter the necessary explaination they showed a few clips from the film. The first was a trailer, which included a voice over from Dakota Fanning’s character explaining the origins of The Division and the experiments that have tortured countless individuals, didn’t show any actual footage from the film. Though, it was a relatively effective teaser.

The second clip was much more interesting, showing an interaction between Djimon Hounsou’s character and what we can only assume is one of his enemies. Using his power, he convinces the man to put a gun in his mouth and spray blood on the cieling. To say the least, he’s a bad guy. And a solid one at that.

Finally, we were shown a clip that involved both Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans in a Hong Kong market, trying to escape from a gang of people who can emmit high pitch noise that causes fishes to bleed inside of their tanks. Don’t worry, when you finally see footage, you will understand that last part.

Overall the film looks interesting, with a somewhat unique premise that is executed well enough. Combine a decent cast with a director that has a fair eye for action and you get a film that might actually be better than its marketing budget will suggest. I’m not ready to jump on the bandwagon and say that Push is a sure thing, but after seeing a few minutes of footage, I am interested in seeing more.

Stay tuned all this week as we bring you coverage from Comic-Con International. Not only will we be roaming the floor in search of love, but we will have the latest news Live from Hall H, great interviews with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars and random convention shenanigans, courtesy of our Comic-Con Attack Squad! To keep tabs on all of the happenings, just head over to our Comic-Con 2008 Homepage.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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