I wasn’t a fan of the original X-Men movies. I’m young, I wasn’t about some old mutants. Give me mutants my age any day, like the new comic book NYX. But so many comic book movies are being made (and not well) nowadays that it’s getting a little tiring.
So imagine my surprise when I saw the trailer for Push:
We’ve seen three X-Men movies, one Wolverine movie scheduled to hit this year, Jumper, Elektra, Sin City, Wanted, Watchmen (scheduled to hit), and on and on.
So what makes this movie special?
Well, it’s about the search for an escaped mind-control “agent” (played by Camilla Belle – The Quiet) who was forced to work for the government agency known as The Division (scary!). Dakota Fanning plays a Watcher (clairvoyant) who tracks Chris Evans (a Mover – someone with telekinetic powers) to Hong Kong, and together they search for Camilla’s character because SHE might have the answer to getting rid of Division.
Did I mention that Division is trying to turn these kid mutants into an army, and that one of the villains is played by none other than Djimon Honsu (Constantine, Blood Diamond)?
I lived in Asia for a long time, so the landscape and background mean something to me, but the fact that they keep trying to remake a story that’s been told a million times tells me something else:
This story works. It speaks to all of us, especially my generation, the Matrix generation. We are continually seeing ourselves as outside of the norm, and at odds with our own institutions, government and otherwise.
However, there are just so many times you can tell a story badly without paying for it.