Year: 2009
Production Co: Summit Entertainment
Director: Paul McGuigan
Writer: David Bourla
Cast: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle

This mostly-ignored action flick was your first chance to see Dakota Fanning in a kinda/sorta grown-up role before The Runaways. It's actually got a good style and sense of movement, with Fanning and lead Chris Evans on good form – it's the confusing story that lets it all down.

The US government has been breeding people with superpowers of one kind or another and shepherding them into service. Some, like Nick (Evans) and Cassie (Fanning) drop off the grid and just want to live their lives, but when they team up to bring in another of their erstwhile family, a girl who's seemingly lost and scared (Belle) but who harbours a secret, they bring the heat back down on themselves.

It's got the setting, mood, design and production values in place for the genre, but I got the feeling you had to know much more about the comic book or graphic novel it was no doubt based on to understand who everyone was and what superpowers they had to wield.

Two Asian guys, for example, just run in, take their sunglasses off and start yelling while their eyes go funny shapes. It's enough to disable enemies but you've got no idea why, how or why you should care. Ditto the 'sniffers' (yes, they sniff things to see who's been there before).

With fewer superpowers in the whole shebang and a bit more distinction between them and what they can achieve it might have been easier to stick with.

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