Jumper (**)

I am still trying to decide if I should recommend going to the theater for this one or just making it a rental. I only open with that statement because from this review you might get the sense that I hated the movie, but even though it has many flaws it is still somewhat entertaining action movie.

I am sure that the book is more complete, but the movie script seemed like someone had rolled the dice of a movie plot game. Think of the movie guy’s voice and use his voice to read the following. Two sides fight a battle through history, a neglected child who is bullied as a kid turn out to have powers, from growing up in a small town to a big city, a new hero is born.

I was hoping that Heyden Christensen was going to redeem himself for making Darth Vader uncool, but I think he is not as good of an actor as I had hoped. I first saw him in life as a house, and he showed some promise there. It could just be that the script was not that good, but I have not read the book and might be just giving the material too much credit.

The problem is that the main character is not a hero, the characters are very one dimensional, the plot is at best confusing. Samuel Jackson used to be one of my favorite actors because I thought you could deliver a monologue like no other, but since the Star War retooling he has been giving crappy lines. In this movie he says the same line at least tree times, “Only God Should have the power.” I am almost sure that this is significant in the book, as probably the sacrificial knife to kill jumpers is, but you never get the information on the movie.

What did work was the action. The special effects are done very well and never really distracting. Besides a car scene there are no moments where you go, that’s BS. The fight scenes leave you wanting more, and overall the movie smells of sequel. I think that if you can find a cheap theater to go watch it at, it is not a bad movie. As long as you expect just action and no real plot, y ou will have a good time.

7 comments on “Jumper (**)

  1. Hmmm… Keli and I were thinking of seeing this over the weekend. Maybe we’ll go see something else instead…

  2. OK, so I saw this flick last night. The premise wasn’t so bad. The execution of most of the scenes was quite good. The abuse of special effects was reserved and appropriate (with the exception of a horribly-CG-looking collapse of a building later in the movie). Most of the “why didn’t they just…” stuff can be dismissed pretty handily with the application of some intermediate-to-advanced comic book logic.

    The real problem with this movie was its pacing. I don’t think the director had a firm idea of how the viewing experience was supposed to roll from scene to scene. It seemed that I was watching the first 30 minutes of a really good sci-fi action movie stretched out into a full length movie that didn’t contain the middle and end.

  3. I read the book some time ago, so my memory might be a little fuzzy, but it wasn’t an action/thriller piece at all – it was more like Abused Kid With Superpowers Grows Up. The FBI gets wind of him and tries to catch him to find out why he can do what he does, but it’s a small part of the novel.

    I was hoping for a better film from director Doug Liman, responsible for the “Bourne Identity”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, and “Swingers”.

  4. What you have to recall is this is a concept based on a young adult novel. I believe the novel’s premise is that a young adult is being abused/hurt by his dad and discovers that he can jump to escape that. I am not sure, but that is what I read somewhere I think.

    That said, they took the basic jumper idea and then wrote the rest of the movie’s script from there.

    And there’s a reason this movie is a February release and not a summer or winter release. I think it might be OK, but I am not running to see it first run. My next first-run event must-see movie is definitely Indy 4. Doggone, that trailer looks AWESOME!

  5. The filming style of Jumper made me feel like i myself was jumping around, which was cool. Also Christensen’s lines were as short as possible, which was ideal for the movie’s overall quality.

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