Jumper Review

Jumper stars Hayden Christiansen and Jamie Bell as jumpers, people who have the ability to teleport to wherever they please. Initially the movie begins with the background of Hayden’s character, David. As a young boy, his mother left him at the age of five, and had to deal with his father on an aggravated basis. When he becomes slightly older, he attempts to woo a young girl by the name of Millie, the older version played by the beautiful Rachel Bilson. The local bully sees David handing Millie a snow globe and throws it onto the ice in the middle of winter. David bent to finish what he started walks out to the middle of the ice, successfully retrieves the globe, only to take two steps and be immediately plunged into the ice, where his first jump takes place. After realizing he has the power (insert Arnold Schwarzenegger joke here), David begins jumping into the bank and begins to build a life for himself, away from his father.

Then as luck would have it, a secret war has been going on for centuries between jumpers and a group of people bent on erasing them called Paladins. One of those paladins named Roland (played by Samuel L. Jackson) shows up at David’s lavish apartment one evening and begins to thoroughly punish David for having such powers, which by the way, eerily piggy-back off of the famous Nightcrawler from Marvel Comics and moreover recently made an appearance in X-Men 2. And what’s even more interesting is the weapon the paladins use, somewhat looking like the lightsaber of darth maul, but shoot out a harpoon that electrifies you and renders a jumper’s abilities useless. Perhaps Samuel L. Jackson was still reminiscing about Star Wars.

Once David escapes from the hands of Roland, he ventures around different parts of the world, where he meets Griffin, a fellow jumper. Griffin is thee best part, and character of the movie, sadly to say. Hayden Christiansen is completely flat in this movie, I did not feel any compassion from his character at all, and what’s worse is that half the time I confuse him with James Franco, and Franco is a much better actor, and probably would have been more suited for the movie then Christiansen. Without Jamie Bell, the movie would have been a complete flop, even with the strong support of Samuel L. Jackson playing the lead Paladin. Bell also has the best visual effects in this movies as well.

            The visuals were really interesting. They could jump in and out of traffic, even appear in the sky at one point. Bell even drags a commuter bus from England to the desert to try and stop Roland. The cool gadget of the movie was the device that could keep the jumpers worm hole open, and then jump to that location, to further pursue the jumper.

Overall, I had a lot of fun, and the concept isn’t new but this movie made me talk about it moreover with friends afterwards. I felt the movie grow on me after I saw it. They could have toned Hayden Christiansen’s acting a little and I think the movie could have been perfect but other than that don’t expect this to be a breakthough for 2008. I think we have some definitive movies on the way.

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