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This review is from: Jumper [DVD]  (DVD)
Teleportation. An idea that's been around for many a year and what must surely be a directors dream for shooting a film. Not sure where you should shoot the film? Why not just have 5-10 seconds in as many landmarks or jaw-dropping locations as you can back to back?
The story of the film is fairly simple. Teenager randomly discovers he can teleport to places if he's been there before or see's a picture of it. He lives the high life after using his ability, power seems too superhero-esque, to rob a bank and seemingly spends his days seeing the world. That is of course until Samuel L Jackson and his merry men (The Paladins) locate him and so our lead character spends the film trying to avoid capture.
Jamie Bell is the star of the film and easily takes the spotlight away from the lead, Hayden Christensen, with his performance as Hayden's fellow Jumper and temporary ally. He's far smarter in avoiding capture and in a way you can feel empathy for him in trying to help the foolish lead.
The special effects are as you'd expect considering the premise of the film. Probably one of the most amusingly surreal sights of cinema I've seen is one of the final action sequences where they literally "jump" from one location to the next.
All in all it's quite a simple film that isn't likely to win any major awards. You've got your romance angle, the action scenes, an unravelling back story, the enemies befriending each other and of course Samuel L Jackson.
It's entertainment for 90 minutes and that's what you want if you're watching a film.