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Directed by Doug Liman. Starring Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Hayden Christensen.
As preposterous action movies go, Jumper is pleasantly unpretentious and breezily entertaining. A young man named David (Hayden Christensen) discovers he has the power to teleport (or "jump") anywhere he can visualize. After using this power to steal and make a comfortable life for himself, he pursues the girl he longed for in school (Rachel Bilson, The O. C.). But as he does so, another jumper (Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot) and a pack of fanatical jumper-hunters called paladins (led by a white-haired Samuel L. Jackson) crashes into David's freewheeling life. Jumper wastes no time trying to explain how jumping works or delving into the hows and whys of the paladins; this is an alluring fantasy of power directed at a pell-mell pace by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Go). There's a brief moment when it feels like the movie will bog down in romance and vague gestures towards character development--happily, that's the moment when Bell appears and the whole movie shifts into overdrive. You might wish that Bell and Christensen had swapped roles; Bell has a far more engaging personality, and Christensen's bland good looks might better suit a more aggressive character. Nonetheless, Jumper has oodles of dynamism and nifty visual effects to propel its comic-book storyline forward. A variety of recognizable actors in bit parts (such as Diane Lane and Kristen Stewart, Panic Room) suggest that the filmmakers are laying the groundwork for sequels. Based on a critically-acclaimed science-fiction novel by Steven Gould. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
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This is not to say that the actors involved are all bad, its just that they have had go lumbering along with a script that
hasn't a clue what its going to do or say next and hence so too the actors.
Jamie clips his dialogue at such a fast pace. you get the notion he really wants out of it altogether.
The "Jumpers" can move in an instance to another part of a room or another country in minus a second - a fictitious idea that really hadn't been thought through enough with any real idea as to its meaningful purpose, just "hey, look, I can do this!" Whoosh! Hence, a lot of repetition throughout.
I can only say the more Samuel Jackson was involved, the more I had hope for the remainder, but sadly he only appeared occasionally when bad things needed to happen to these pesky Jumpers. As it was I could hardly wait to to be a Jumper myself and fast forward into another movie.
Sadly though whoever made the film decided not to use this good idea they adapted from a book for anything good but for a string of boring and illogical events.
Whilst the cut scenes between the locations are cool the plot has holes so large and unexplained you could fly planes through them Bermuda Triangle style. There are a bunch of people trying to track and kill those who can teleport. The only vague reason we get is that they are doing it under "religious" convictions. Lame. Secondly on that note if you can teleport anywhere you'd follow them and kill them in an instant. Lame.
Then near the end (I don't care if I ruin the ending, you shouldn't watch it and there shouldn't be a sequel) we find out that the mother of the main character is a member of the group who kills the teleporters who declares she "loves him" so let's him escape. That's so illogical it makes me laugh.
It's getting two stars not for anything that the makers of the film have done but for the fun casting and acting. I actually liked Hayden and Rachel and the leads. I thought they did the best with a rubbish script. AnnaSophia Robb is a suitably cute kind as Rachel's younger version. Jamie Bell stole the show though as Hayden's fellow Jumper.
Look out for the totally random cameo, the best I have seen since Emily Browning popped up in "The Host" at the end of the film.
Symptomatic of normal society, those with ability sometimes suffer at the hands of those jealous of them. Our hero meets another like him, but not with his temperament, so strains and contentions arise.
A classic chase movie with a twist. Great special effects, and quite believable too, if we could only relocate in just such fashion! Maybe that's the film's secret, we all wish we had a superpower like that. I won't give the game away, but all antagonists think they are on the side of right, and the finale has a fantastic twist.
I dropped a star from the rating because I found the acting a little stiff at times, but nevertheless, a very entertaining movie that is firmly in my collection.
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