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Jumper

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CERTAIN THINGS SAVE IT

  • Nov 18, 2010
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Movie poster with the Egyptian Sphinx monument at the bottom of the image and two pyramids visible in the background. A man is standing on top of the Sphinx's head, facing forward. Sunlight behind him makes it difficult to see most details. The sky has multiple clouds, and at the top of the image is the tagline "anywhere is possible." At the bottom of the image is the film's title and website for the film.

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I remember seeing the trailers for this film when it was released and thinking "man what a good idea for a film". Of course it is based on a book I believe so I need to pick that up but any way I was never able to see this but finally did. After seeing this finally I have mixed feelings about it but over all enjoyed it. I have heard a lot of things about this movie and actually agree with most of them. What people love about this film is what I love and what they dislike I also agree with. So if there ever is a sequel to be made I hope they listen to the people on this one.

David Rice is your average kid in school, you know the type, has a crush on a girl but he is shy and bullies pick on him. Turns out that he finally gets the courage to talk to Millie and gets his gift to her thrown out on an ice pond courtesy of bully Mark. This leads to David walking out on the ice and falling in when the ice breaks. Right when he is about to drown his first teleportation occurs, and there is no looking back from that point. He spends the next few years learning about his abilities and robbing banks, sounds like a good life being rich and can go anywhere. But there are things he left behind like the girl he liked, his dad, and oh yeah people are hunting him down. Just another day in the life of a jumper I suppose.

The thing about this film that I found a little disappointing is that there is not any character development for the most part. All the characters are just introduced and off we go, one reason to read the book I guess. Also the film seemed like different movies at times, it needed to find an identity. Still there are so good things that come out of this film such as the action. The action comes plenty of times and always is entertaining and may be the redeeming thing about this film. The fact that they can transport things with them that are very large add to the excitement. Well not fact since this is fictional and all but you know what I mean.

Acting wise Michael Rooker is always a pleasure to see and of course brings forth a good performance, the scene with him and Jackson may be my favorite. Speaking of Jackson you know of course that Samuel L. Jackson brings a little something to the role of the guy trying to kill off the Jumpers. Still I get the feeling he was there for a paycheck. Regardless I love watching him on the screen so I will say he was a plus. Still the scene stealer in my opinion was Jamie Bell who plays Griffin, a fellow Jumper who is hunting Jackson's character. From his accent to the way he really does not care about anyone else he does an excellent job. Of course we have our lead David played by Hayden Christenson who at times seem on in the role but at others off. Still although his performance is shaky at times he seemed like he had fun in the role. His girl played by Rachel Bilson seemed like she had the same problem so I don't know what that was about. Also I would like to mention that Teddy Dunn was great for the short time he was on screen as the bully.

Based on the book by Steven Gould the blame may lay within the writers circle, the film did not know what it wanted to be. Written by people who brought us Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, Fight Club, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, and the Blade film series I expected more. Of course the mix of three writers or whatever may have been the cause for the unevenness. Of course the director could be the problem since the unevenness could be mixed direction. Still it is hard to say that because this guy directed Go, Swingers [two of my favorite films ever], Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Bourne Identity, I guess it is a mix of everything.

Over all I did enjoy this film, much more than most people I did guess from what people I know said about the film. Perhaps that is why I liked the film since I went in with no expectations. Sure when it was first released I would have most likely not liked it but since I waited and heard things it saved the film for me. This is not a classic film but the idea behind it is a great premise. I think a sequel is coming and hopefully it surpasses the first film. I do recommend the film but a rental may be the best idea, you may like it.

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November 18, 2010
I agree, FM. There really was no characterization to speak of. The bad guy who wanted to trap and kill jumpers was never explained. How did that organization get started? Who knows? And the woman he had a crush on was the stupidest waste of space -- he could do better (in other words her dialogue was very bad). I would like to watch it again in order to write a review .
 
November 18, 2010
This had a very hollow story but it did have its redeeming qualities. Did you see the scenes-storyboard they never shot? It could've been awesome but budget made it impossible to shoot. Nice review.
February 19, 2011
No I missed that I think
 
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Sure when it was first released I would have most likely not liked it but since I waited and heard things it saved the film for me. This is not a classic film but the idea behind it is a great premise. I think a sequel is coming and hopefully it surpasses the first film.
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Jumper is a 2008 American science fiction film, loosely based on the 1992 science fiction novel of the same name by Steven Gould. The film is directed by Doug Liman and stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Max Thieriot, Annasophia Robb, and Diane Lane. The film follows a young man capable of teleporting to any location as he is chased by a secret society intent on killing him.

The script went through a rewrite prior to filming and the roles for the main characters were changed during production. Jumper was filmed in 20 cities in 14 countries between 2006 and 2007. The film was released on February 14, 2008 and a soundtrack was released on February 19. The film held the first position in its opening weekend with $27.3 million, but despite this success, reviews from critics were generally negative. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes recorded a 16% approval rating and 35/100 on Metacritic. Several novels were developed as tie-ins to the film along with a video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wii consoles, named Jumper: Griffin's Story. The DVD was released on June 10, 2008, and both Christensen and Liman have spoken of one or more sequels.

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