This Friday will see the release of Push, a sci-fi actioner about people with amazing mental abilities on the run from a government organization that wants to exploit their gifts. I'm reminded of how cool it would be to have mental powers of my own whenever I find myself comfortably ensconced on the couch with the remote just out of reach, and I try to bring it closer through sheer force of will. Being able to predict the future would certainly enhance my stock portfolio and the ability to read minds would vastly improve my poker game. Movies about people with special mental abilities have a long and illustrious history, so here are seven of my favorite films from the genre.

The Star Wars films
A discussion of psychic powers in the movies that did not mention The Force would rightfully earn me a verbal slap down in the comments section. The Force is an energy field created by all living things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and binds the galaxy together -- and if you're a Jedi (or for that matter a member of the Sith), you can channel this energy field to do pretty much anything the script may require.
  • Telekinesis? Sure. It comes in handy during a closely matched light saber duel, allowing you to whip large objects at your opponent.
  • Mind control? Absolutely. This is particularly useful for telling weak minded storm troopers to buzz off.
  • The ability to see the future? Hell yeah. This is what allows a Jedi to anticipate an opponents moves in battle.
  • Fire a proton torpedo through an exhaust port that's only two meters wide? Oh please. The Star Wars saga would have ground to a halt early on without this ability.
And it's all thanks to these weird little organisms in the blood. When you hear the phrase "The Force is strong in this one," it means "he's got midi-chlorians out the yin yang." How awesome would it be if next time you got pulled over you could give the officer a casual wave of the hand and say "these aren't the droids you're looking for" and be on your merry way.
categories Cinematical