Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson,
Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Max Thieriot, Shawn Roberts, AnnaSophia
RunTime: 1 hr 28 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Official Website: http://www.jumperthemovie.com
Opening Day: 14 February 2008
David Rice always believed he was perfectly ordinary --- until
he accidentally discovered he possessed a "talent"
that is nothing less than extraordinary. David is a “JUMPER”
who can teleport himself to the streets of New York and Tokyo,
the ruins of Rome, and the summit of Mt. Everest. He can see
twenty sunsets in one night, whisk his girlfriend around the
world in the blink of an eye, and grab millions of dollars
in a matter of minutes. But David’s global odyssey takes
a deadly turn when finds himself relentlessly pursued by a
secret organization sworn to kill Jumpers. Forming an uneasy
alliance with another Jumper, David becomes a key player in
a war that has been raging for thousands of years. As these
world-changing events unfold, David begins to discover the
secrets and mythology behind his incredible ability.
Short Movie Review:
Jumper makes teleportation look extremely attractive and could
easily top anyone’s list of “mutant power to get”
after watching this movie. However, the focus here was to
dress this movie up as sexy as possible and the plotting wise
was dumb down a few notches. It ended like a TV series pilot
episode or a first movie introduction to what could possibly
be a franchise of sequels / trilogy, with very little climatic
finale to speak off.
Long Movie Review:
Ever since Nightcrawler did the “bamf bamf” teleportation
in X-Men 2, it’s paved the way on how cool teleportation
could look on big screen. Jumping ahead to few years later,
Jumper came along and utilize the cool teleportation concept
except it does not have the constrain that the predecessor
got. Now anywhere in the world is just a flick of the imagination.
Fiji Islands, New York, London and Tokyo. How cool is it?
Just imagine, if you read about a happening club that just
open in Los Angeles and all you have to do is look at the
picture and wish you are there. There’s no need for
the airport hassle or passport and you can return back in
a blink of the eye after you are done with the party. Just
how cool is it?
what Jumper is all about, showing you the fantasy of having
such unconstraint teleportation could be like and the lifestyle
that one can achieve with it. It’s glamorous and could
simply make one drool with envy. Jumper with it’s nifty
editing shows how to travel around the world with style. It’s
also took the effort to reveal the baggage that this jumper(s)
(folks who can teleport) could bring about during their travel
and it helped to exemplify the studious continuity planning
process that this film went through.
of course, it’s not a travel documentary so a little
plot and tension had to be added to add more spice in this
gorgeous space traveling movie.
where the praises for this movie will come to an end..
every inch that the movie took the effort to make teleportation
look eye-catching, it just took one more inch to dumb down
the plot. Even when one believes in the possibility of teleportation
or a bunch of folks (the NSA) hunting down these jumper(s),
it’s frustrating to see how these folks were using their
power in the movie.
when the lead character David (played by Hayden Christensen)
who was hunted by certain folks that had revealed to him that
they had a way of tracking him down. What does he do next?
Leave an even more obvious trail for them to find him and
even tried to rekindle a high school romance when mean folks
That’s right. In these formulaic Hollywood Blockbusters,
romance is always forcefully and recklessly inserted into
the storyline. Perhaps this movie catered to the teenagers
who should have no problem relating adolescent testosterone
level overdrive where teenagers would just shut their brains
and do stupid things in the name of love. But old cynical
folks like this reviewer; it was just amazingly brainless
for David character to put his love ones in harm ways at the
worst time possible.
would you be able to relate or feel for characters that either
so reckless or unintelligent?
there’s the manner that these jumpers were being chased
by the NSA. It makes one wonder, if they have such incredible
ability, won’t it be easier for these jumpers to ambush
the NSA than vice versa? There were moments when these jumpers
could easily use a gun and it will be so much more effective
than what they came up with. But then again, it won’t
be that flashy or sexy and that kind of logical thinking would
ruin this movie’s image.
but not least, the way this film is handled felt that it was
a pilot episode for an upcoming TV series or a possible first
of a franchise to come. There are enough mysterious characters
introduced to branch out into a series or even more movies
to come and characters / events that just didn’t come
to a complete resolution at the end of this movie. It’s
finale didn’t feel climatic enough and it went with
a whimper instead of a bang. If a follow up is expected, it
won’t be that bad but for a standalone movie; it just
made this movie a whole lot less impressive.
(Jumper is like a blonde joke … attractive, sexy but
Review by Richard Lim Jr