Heroes for the big screen, anyone? Sadly not. Like last year’s teleportation actioner, Jumper, Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan’s kinetic superhero thriller fancies itself as the first in a new action franchise that will never, ever happen.
Chris Evans is a ‘Mover’ (he can shove things around with his mind). Dakota Fanning is a ‘Watcher’ (she can draw really rubbish illustrations of the future). Camilla Belle is a ‘Pusher’ (she has Jedi mind control). Thrown together in Hong Kong, they fight for survival as government agents (led by Djimon Hounsou) and paranormal gangsters hunt them down for reasons that the screenwriters never really bothered to think too hard about.
Hong Kong is an arresting backdrop, but even that can’t beat the weirdly uncomfortable/compulsive spectacle of a teenage Fanning dressed in miniskirt and knee-highs, swearing and getting sloshed on beer. Totally watchable, totally forgettable.
At a push.