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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but very shallow.
Jumper is a film that works because of its simplicity rather try and weave together numerous sub-plots that end up going no-where. It feels very much like a pilot for a TV show that you actually want to keep watching to see what happens next. Admittedly the story is paper thin but it moves at such a pace it's difficult to care. The chemistry is good between Hayden...
Published on 11 Jun 2008 by Mr. D. Bell

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2.0 out of 5 stars Routine
Having seen this film trailed at the cinema I was keen to see it when it was released on DVD. The premise of the eponymous `jumpers' leaping Sam Beckett-like through space was an intriguing one; although unfortunately this was pretty much all the film had to offer. Hayden Christiansen's wooden delivery hasn't changed from his stint as the young Darth Vader, and Billy...
Published on 25 July 2008 by Captain Pugwash


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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but very shallow., 11 Jun 2008
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Mr. D. Bell "Dan Bell" (Northampton, England) - See all my reviews
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Jumper is a film that works because of its simplicity rather try and weave together numerous sub-plots that end up going no-where. It feels very much like a pilot for a TV show that you actually want to keep watching to see what happens next. Admittedly the story is paper thin but it moves at such a pace it's difficult to care. The chemistry is good between Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson and feels natural.

The real star however, is Jamie Bell. He is very charismatic and he brings the film to life every time he is on screen. His accent is very strange though, and seems to be constantly changing. I'm not sure if this is intentional or not, but it doesn't really matter. Some of the action scenes are breathtaking and the "jump" looks fantastic every time you see it.

Overall this is a mindless action film that feels like the start of something much bigger. There is no doubt that a sequel could flesh out the characters and provide a genuinely interesting film. If you prefer films with numerous plot strands then steer clear as this will bore you to tears. If however you want to see a popcorn film, then this is a must see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jump.for her love., 13 Aug 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jumper [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
loosely based on a series of books by steven jay gould, this is an action/science fiction movie, and first in a proposed trilogy telling one long story. David is a high school loner who pines for a female classmate. then one day caught in a life or death situation he finds he has the natural ability to teleport from place to place. leaving people thinking he's dead and making plenty of visits to bank vaults to get money, he's able to set himself up in a nice life as an independent world jumping playboy.

but only then years later does he discover that he's not the only one who can do this, and there's a secret organisation out there who target those who can. on the run and trying to get together with his long lost sweetheart only an uneasy alliance with a more experienced jumper called griffin might save the day. but will he go as far into the war between jumpers and the organisation as griffin has?

not a movie with any great depth, just an attempt at a decent piece of action entertainent. and to set up a franchise. it just about succeeds on both counts. hayden christiensen does bring a certain vulnerability to the role that means you can just about relate to his character [looks like a few other reviewers disagree with me on that, but to each their own]. rachel bilson and samual l jackson do their best with slightly underwritten roles as the love interest and the chief bad buy. but jamie bell livens up the film as bad boy giffin with an immensely appealing and entertaining performance.

not a great movie, but not a bad start to the franchise. hopefully there'll be a sequel that can build on this.

the dvd extras are as follows:

a commentary by the director, the writer/producer, and another producer

jumping from novel to film: a documentary about the origin of the story in book form and it's transition to screen. quite an interesting watch in regards to what it says about future films and the writer's views on books being turned into movies.

making an actor jump: a short and quite interesting feature about the special effects involved in the teleportation scenes

six deleted scenes. the first five all are quite good character moments that flesh things out, but were clearly cut for pacing reasons. the last is a neat little epilogue showing what happened to one character whom we last see in a bit of a jam. a fun little scene.

jumping around the world: a short but decent feature about the locations used

jumper: exposed. a long documentary about the making of the film. rather than adopt the usual structured documentary format for these it instead shows lots of footage of the film in production from day to day of the shoot. quite fascinating stuff as a look at the movie business. although be aware there's a lot of strong language in it. and that it only makes a cursory mention right at the start of the fact that the two leads were recast after shooting had been going on for a few weeks.

david's story. an animated graphic novel, telling of the main characters quest to find out more about his mother. the animation is a bit basic but the voice acting is quite good and as a story it's not bad, adding a little more depth to the main character.

previz: future concepts. a cgi storyboarding of a rather spectacular fight scene. definitely not from this movie it's presumably something that might air in one of the proposed sequels.

coming soon: trailers for the movies juno and be kind, rewind.

the only language tracks and subtitles on the disc are in english. no other languages are available.

as a movie 7.5/10 but the decent extras push the dvd up to an 8/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Routine, 25 July 2008
This review is from: Jumper [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Having seen this film trailed at the cinema I was keen to see it when it was released on DVD. The premise of the eponymous `jumpers' leaping Sam Beckett-like through space was an intriguing one; although unfortunately this was pretty much all the film had to offer. Hayden Christiansen's wooden delivery hasn't changed from his stint as the young Darth Vader, and Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell, although providing a bit more dynamism, struggles to lift a film full of limp dialogue and long stretches of meandering conversation. On the plus side, Samuel L Jackson is as menacing as ever in his role as persecutor of the leapers (a `Paladin' as the film has it); sinister and brooding with his hair dyed shockingly white and brandishing an electrically charged whip with which he prevents the jumpers from moving before brutally killing them.
The film does have its moments: For example when Bell's experienced leaper mocks Christiansen's newbie and when the latter deposits his childhood nemesis in a bank vault to be found by the police. The chief problem with the film is that it doesn't really know where to go; when we discover that Christiansen's long-lost mother is a paladin there is the expectation that the film has further layers but these are not followed through, and at 84 minutes there is ample room to extend what is ultimately a disappointingly truncated movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if you are human or have read the original book, 18 May 2009
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Mr. I. M. Davis (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Refer back to the original book (not the film-based re-write) and you'll see just how the movie takes a scared but plucky kid, intelligent, bookish, with a firm sense of right and wrong, escaping an abusive father and longing for his departed mother... and replaces him with a smirking self-satisfied empty greedy grubby little man and a very unconvincing plot about jumpers and peladons. Doug Liman's film scoops out the soul, excitement, personal discovery and scariness of being alone and different in an uncaring and selfish world with a bland, incoherent yarn involving unlikeable people. The quality of the film dips the instant it segues to the first appearance of Hayden Christensen and from that point survives only on the strength of shoehorned effects, John Powell's perky score, location prn and an against-current turn by Jamie Bell. Even mutated into a fantasy action flick this film fails to sparkle simply because the main characters are self-centred or devoid of any depth. In the end, you simply don't care, and it's almost worth a second watch just to see how so many promising elements fall flat. Fans of the book will probably daydream wistfully of an alternative reality where Max Thieriot's younger David Rice (already c.20 at the time of filming!) follows the book's plot of every lonely teen's greatest dream and nightmare rolled into one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing........Wait for the sequel, 11 Aug 2008
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M. Gardner "Afro Matt" (Somerset, England) - See all my reviews
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Let's get this straight riht away. Jumper is popcorn fluff. It is a lazy movie with lazy plotting and lazier dialogue. Asan action movie it takes itself far too seriously whilst having little else to support it other than nifty special effects (which are fantastic). There are some good points. The jump effects are brilliant and the fight scenes are pretty pleasing to watch. Jamie Bell is on fine form and should really have been given a bigger role. He is colourful where Christensen is bland, peppering the action with acerbic wit and snappy quips, and generally carrying the movie whenever he's in a scene. Unfortunately the positives end there. There is little character development and we just don't care about Christiansen's character. It might have worked had he and Bell swapped, but unfortunately the team behind this went for aesthetically pleasing American plank over fine British acting talent. Shame. Rachel Bilson doesn't really have much to do except stand around pouting in much the same way as she did on the OC, and Samuel L Jackson's contribution is undermined due to horrible writing cliches and 'big impact lines' that just sound cheesy and forced. If there is a saving grace it is that the movie is so obviously geared towards a sequel that a second movie might well be better. I can only hope that it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BIT OF A SHOCK, 4 Aug 2008
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I first learned about Jumper from a tv trailer, at first glance it looks amazing, at a second look it looks good. I was hezitant to go and see Jumper at the cinema after all the negative reviews circling it so i thought i'd just waut for the dvd. The effects of the film are brilliant the jumping looks superb and the areas that the film takes place really adds to the excitement. However this film has flaws. As i'm sure anyone who has watched Star Wars will know Hayden Christiansen finds it very hard to act. He whines and moans but can very rarely produce any strong feeling or emotion. Samuel Jackson is playing a character with no background but he does play what he is given well. The plot starts well but dies down a bit possibly because of the short length of the film. The ideas though and how some are dellivered are very good however. It is a film that makes you think i wish that i could jump or i wish that would happen. That is needed in a film like this and as it has it, IT MAKES THIS FILM WELL WORTH A WATCH.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Promises much but delivers little, 25 Sep 2008
This review is from: Jumper [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
A young man discovers that he has the ability to teleport and uses his ability to rob banks and move from place to place in the wink of an eye....

I thought this film was going to be a great movie. The first half of the film promises to deliver the makings of a great film but sadly it fails to deliver anything significant and ends up with a lot of computer graphics coupled with plenty of crashes and bangs. For my money I would have preferred a more conceptual approach about the power he has and the threat he poses to the established order.

Im sure that if anyone ever developed such talents they would be ruthlessly squashed or coerced in some way towards advancing the aims and intents of greedy businesses or corrupt governments.

Instead we end up with a superficial film with a school kid feel to it. If they have sequel to this film - hopefully it will be better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jump away from this car crash..., 18 Aug 2008
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This film should have been brilliant.

Moody youth discovers he has teleportation powers, and uses them to escape and abusive father and go on spending spree after robbing a bank before being hunted down by a secret society and discovering more like himself.

X-men meets Harry Potter? And any other mutant power film you care to mention

So why is this so monumentally terrible?
It's the execution. Badly scripted, naff direction, cinematography that brings nothing new, and plot that has clearly had huge lumps cut from it.

It is pretty obvious that this film is setting itself up to be the first part of trilogy, but I doubt anyone will bother going to see it.

It's a tired three act format, turgid delivery, and some number cruncher in Hollywood has hacked to death what was once a brilliant idea.

Avoid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite jumpy - good entertainment, 29 Nov 2009
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At a young age David Rice (Christensen) discovers he has the ability to jump between places anywhere at any time all over the world, only Roland (Jackson) plans to stop him.

This high concept science fiction flick from Doug Liman is one of those funny films; you like it then hate it.

To start we wonder what is going on then a flash back to his first jump adds some striking drama. The section under the frozen lake feels nauseating and the bizarre conclusion in the library begins to spell intrigue. However this then evaporates as we see where it is going. His testing his abilities and soon ageing conform to the teenager on screen, a money grabbing selfish and immature stereotype. Then we emerge to a few years later where the main star Christensen is relaxing with his millions and when Roland catches up with him does the film, you anticipate, pick up. After a brutal confrontation and uncomfortable yet necessary inclusion of electrical punishment, the foundation for the future hour viewing time is set, a rivalry between two mystical, er, supernatural cults?

The reunion of Hayden Christensen and Samuel L Jackson provokes the same boring rivalry and disdain they had together in Star wars, despite being on the same side. This time they are rivals but despite Jackson's obvious loathing of jumpers you don't have a proper connection to his reasoning. He mentions something about God briefly, as in twice, and for a second you flinch at the thought of the writers mimicking his previous role as Jules in Pulp Fiction. Christensen adds very little excitement to a plot that should be thriving upon adrenaline. His quiet hardly spoken protagonist is a bubbling wimp who is constantly running and is so softy spoken you wonder whether Edward Cullen is a jumper as well as a vampire.

And yet despite the unemotional acting and atrocious idea of cults this 2008 release is oddly engaging.

The idea of jumping from one place and ending up in another is quite a cool concept, owing some recognition to logic but yet it would save time on buses. This labelled as a science fiction film does not lend itself too much to reason. Why David can jump from one place to the other is fleetingly mentioned but despite the use being cowardice, it is exceptionally interesting.

Despite the fighting sequences being none responsive emotionally, Doug Liman has created a charismatic picture owing to the scene sets. From Egypt, to Italy, to wherever the world's most famous landmarks are well used to create the breathtaking beauty of this planet, and to reflect on David's and his friend's deepest desires.

Also this is a non conditional flick, an easy to watch film which you can enjoy and yes it has wooden acting and unemotional backchat but the cinematography is good and regardless you want to see what happens in the end.

6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars You know how they say some performances are phoned in?, 18 Oct 2009
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This is barely e-mailed. The locations for example, notable in a film about teleportation, are treated with such laconic disdain by the protagonist that it translates to the audience, and may just as well be the pictures needed to visit them. Flat and lacking atmosphere.

David, (Hayden Christensen), is a teleporter with a lifestyle built on impulse and stolen luxury, until he encounters other teleporters as he is hunted by an organisation bent on their destruction.

Why are they being hunted? Imagine a unification of teleporters, or 'jumpers'. They can go anywhere, take anything, and escape in an instant. They flout the law to their own gain, like modern day pirates, feared by law enforcement and thieves alike. Now keep imagining, because while that's hinted at, you won't see it here. The concept only serves to make Samuel L Jackson's villain Roland seem foolish, as hunting pushes the jumpers together where individually they seem inherently selfish, prone to crimes of decadence which seem petty in comparison to what their combined forces could achieve.

'Could' is the keyword here. Throughout there are genuinely interesting ideas posed and wasted. The specific focus on teleporters, (unlike in superhero ensemble pieces), gives us a unique chance to explore the power further. How much can they teleport? How does teleporting affect the atmosphere around them? Sadly, if you don't care about the characters posing these questions, you won't care about the answers, and the character work isn't there.

Individually? Rachel Bilson is cute but given nothing to work with. Teleporting is cool but we don't know if it's the only, 'power', in this universe. Samuel L Jackson is Samuel L Jackson, but he's laden with half-baked religious dialogue that never pays off. These elements almost appear to be in different movies cut and pasted together - the lack of chemistry between the elements make it difficult to care about the film as a whole, and while the climactic location-hopping battle is very cool, you can't help but wish you were seeing it in another movie where the outcome has some weight. As it is, you'll be laughing long before the conclusion of a ridiculous subplot involving David's mother.

The only one to escape unscathed is Jamie Bell as fellow jumper Griffin. Where everything else in the film fails to connect Bell practically jumps off the screen; his rogue survivalist jumper is a funny, disarming shot of life in an otherwise flat affair, subtly twisted by what his powers have forced him through. He is David if there was no penthouse. He's begun to see what it means to be different and it's ironic that through him David sees the truth of Roland's mantra, 'There are always consequences.' Another intriguing concept, that we might sympathise with the villain, but as much as Bell elevates his sequences his character also serves to highlight how we mostly follow David in a time where he's jaded to the wonders of his powers, and before he's fully involved in the struggle. While he begins to comprehend a world outside himself Griffin is already in the thick of it, something you only sees glimpses of but that appears to be the more powerful story. Indeed for all its aesthetics, not much is shown worth seeing.

So Jumper's not outrageously bad, but it's not good. It's got clever ideas, but they're not explored. It's got a double decker bus action sequence, but The Mummy Returns did it better. It's just not as much fun as it should be, and not meaningful enough to make up for that.

DVD extras are lacking too.
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