Jumpers are people with the very unique ability to teleport. They can go from one end of the Earth to the other in the blink of an eye.
Much like its title characters, “Jumper” is a film that goes from here to there and back again with ferocity and little thought, and the result is
a completely disjointed mess of a film.
Ignoring for a moment that the source material (A novel by Steven Gould) is as standard as they come, “Jumper” fails in nearly every aspect
After a fairly average origins introduction, things go downhill very fast. Hayden Christensen is no stranger to criticism, and his performance
here is awkward and dull. The same could be said about Rachel Bilson as his long lost child love, but that might be a bit too generous. Add
in an incomprehensible Jamie Bell (Who earns nary a chuckle as the comic relief) and a blatant ‘phoning it in’ performance from Samuel L.
Jackson and you have an entire cast of unlikable and uninteresting characters.
Of course, the cast doesn’t get much help in the screenplay department. This is the very definition of a clunky script. Every bit of humor
falls flat and the story lurches ahead with little flow or coherence.
In one mind numbing scene, Christensen’s character, which was thought to have drowned as a child, reappears in his home town. No one
seems the least bit surprised that he’s back. Did I miss something here?
In fact, get used to that feeling. Director Doug Liman does his best to inject some energy into the proceedings, but he ends up overdoing it
with frantic camerawork that makes the already confusing “jump” sequences nothing more than a flurry of random locations.
But to be completely honest, I think it would be a tall task for any director to shoot these sequences. The very idea of teleporting from
location to location doesn’t easily lend itself to film. How can it not be a confusing affair when you take away any semblance of spatial
At least the filmmakers had the sense to keep the entire affair limited to about 90 minutes. Sure it loses all interest halfway through, but at
least you only need to sit through 45 more minutes.
“Jumper” does feature some pretty good effects with some nice visual touches, but there is nothing extraordinary enough to work as a
This is a downright poor film with almost no redeeming quality. It may never reach the complete embarrassment level of “Transformers,”
but it is certainly on the level. I guess you know it’s bad when you think how useful “jumping” would be to get away from this movie.
(out of four)
Directed by: Doug Liman
Written by: David S. Goyer and Jim Uhls and Simon
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson,
Samuel L. Jackson
Cinematography by: Barry Peterson
Music by: John Powell
Released: February 14, 2008; 90 Minutes