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Film / Momentum (2003)

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A 2003 American-German Made-for-TV film directed by James Seale that has a group of psychics (Grayson McCouch, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Massee, and Nicki Aycox) training with their powers.

The movie also stars Teri Hatcher, Carmen Argenziano, Morocco Omari, Daniel Dae Kim, Zach Galligan, Brad Greenquist, and Sean Blakemore.

It aired on Syfy on July 26, 2003.

Tropes for the film:

  • Don't Think, Feel: A variation when Adrian Geiger is trying to teach other telekinetics how to do something they previously-thought impossible (like move a car half a mile away or grab a sniper on the roof). Notable is that it fails with his Number Two (who is too hot-headed to get it right) but succeeds with Zach, who has always considered his powers a curse.
    Adrian Geiger: Don't think you can. Know you can.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: One of the telekinetics kills a Federal agent with a Neck Snap by light waving his hand to the side from several feet away. Of course, manipulating far-away and/or heavy objects requires much greater concentration.
  • Neck Snap: A telekinetic does this to an agent with a simple wave of the hand. Given that they are shown to be able to break open bank vaults with their minds, this is justified.
  • No Eye in Magic: Played straight and then subverted. It's a known fact (among certain circles) that telekinetics require a line-of-sight on their target in order to be able to manipulate it. However, when Addison (the former head of Project Momentum) has captured Geiger's daughter Tristen and gloats over Geiger (the leader of the telekinetic rebels) by showing her tied up and blindfolded on a TV screen. Geiger manages to untie her remotely through the TV, much to Addison's shock. Geiger than explains that he's trained himself to do things that Addison can't even dream of.
  • Unscientific Science: Geiger is a physics professor who is also secretly a telekinetic. Two cops are investigating a series of bank robberies performed by people doing seemingly impossible feats. After he foils a convenience store robbery and is caught on camera, they come to ask him a few questions. They randomly bring up telekinesis. He points out that he's not an expert on anything like that. So they ask him in his capacity as a physics professor...because physics professors are supposed to know about things like that, apparently. His answer involves the telekinetic making a connection on the "cellular" level to the object he or she is moving. The professor needs to be fired immediately for saying stuff like that. The only way this could be reasonable was if it was limited to organic matter, which would exclude a vast majority of what they might want to use telekinesis on.