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December 27, 2010

Jumper (Special Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

Jumper (Special Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

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Widescreen/ Blu-Ray PG 13. Jumper

As preposterous action movies go, Jumper is pleasantly unpretentious and breezily entertaining. A young man named David (Hayden Christensen) discovers he has the power to teleport (or “jump”) anywhere he can visualize. After using this power to steal and make a comfortable life for himself, he pursues the girl he longed for in school (Rachel Bilson, The O. C.). But as he does so, another jumper (Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot) and a pack of fanatical jumper-hunters called paladins (led by a white-haired Samuel L. Jackson) crashes into David’s freewheeling life. Jumper wastes no time trying to explain how jumping works or delving into the hows and whys of the paladins; this is an alluring fantasy of power directed at a pell-mell pace by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Go). There’s a brief moment when it feels like the movie will bog down in romance and vague gestures towards character development–happily, that’s the moment when Bell appears and the whole movie shifts into overdrive. You might wish that Bell and Christensen had swapped roles; Bell has a far more engaging personality, and Christensen’s bland good looks might better suit a more aggressive character. Nonetheless, Jumper has oodles of dynamism and nifty visual effects to propel its comic-book storyline forward. A variety of recognizable actors in bit parts (such as Diane Lane and Kristen Stewart, Panic Room) suggest that the filmmakers are laying the groundwork for sequels. Based on a critically-acclaimed science-fiction novel by Steven Gould. —Bret Fetzer

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Good, fun movie4

I went to see Jumper with some of my family when it was released, and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. I’ve liked Hayden Christensen since I saw “Life as a House,” and Samuel L. just rips up a villain role like nobody’s business. The special effects were very well done and I was delighted to find that the main storyline they implied in the commercials is NOT what happened! Sure, the main character can teleport, but the rest…. The movie is billed as scifi/thriller type, but that’s a bit misleading. This is more like the Highlander films, a fantasy element in the real world.

The movie was pretty fast paced with only a couple slower moments, and the character’s self-exploration once he discovers the ability was almost as good as Peter Parker’s in the first Spider-Man movie. Actually, in one way it was better. Peter uses his power to win a wrestling match and then jumps right into the hero role. Our similarly-aged jumper, however, jumps right into a bank vault, and a store, and…! *grin* He really is an ordinary person with an extraordinary ability. He used his ability for theft, but also for taking his surfboard to Fiji for the best waves. I liked the movie enough that I quickly ordered the book. They are COMPLETELY different, but both good for different reasons. The movie added a opposing force for jumpers (i.e. a “villain”) whereas in the book, David mostly battles his own inner demons (with a lot of introspection). Plus, the very cool character of Griffin was completely made-up for the film. His character adds great action while giving viewers another jumper to identify with besides David. Though the movie had closure, they left it wide open for a sequel that I really hope gets made.

I think some viewers were overly critical of this film. It’s not going to win any oscars, but I was entertained and that’s the most important criteria.

As to the DVD itself, I have to say, do NOT buy the 2-disc edition. The second disk contains only a digital copy. All the extras are on disc one, which the regular edition has! I really wish the product description had been more clear on this. I wouldn’t have paid the additional $6 for a digital copy which you have to use a keycode to transfer. The code is located on a card in the case, but it clearly states to be careful not to lose it. Also, the outer sleeve has a holographic image of the cover art that is glued to the front of the sleeve. I don’t see it lasting long. Finally, once again the studio includes ads in the case, but no insert with chapter index and extra features.

The extra features were pretty standard. There’s commentary, making of, interviews with the authors/producer etc, book to film featurette, and some deleted scenes (all of which I felt were rightly cut from the film). The interviews were interesting sinc ethey touched on how the producer obviously changed the book, and how the author felt. Nothing spectacular here, but for a single disc edition these were perfectly fine – and far more than they offered with “the Bourne Ultimatium”.
Jumper, Worth Watching for Science Fiction Fans, Give it a Try!3

Jumper [Theatrical Release]

“Jumper” is a good movie that will appeal to science fiction lovers, comic book junkies and anybody who’s ever wanted to travel the world without blowing their bank account. The story is simple, the special effects and international sets are amazing, and the acting is … well you can’t have anything. The young actors here are given very few lines to work with and might not meet the high standards of those who want every movie, including an action fantasy movie, to have award worthy acting.

Many people will have to wonder what I wondered when I first read the reviews here: did I see the same movie as everybody else? Why has this movie been panned by so many people?

Fans of the original novel tend to be against this movie because it deviates from the original story and offers a much more film-friendly short version. Jumper: A Novel (Jumper) There was a “prequel” story written to transition fans to this story, and you can check out those reviews to see their reactions. Jumper: Jumpscars – The Official Prequel to the Film (Jumper)

I appreciate great acting, but I didn’t expect Indiana Jones to win for best actor. I likewise didn’t expect too much from this acting-wise. Hayden Christensen may not the most expressive actor, but the kid is young! Be realistic! Actually, Bilson’s portrayal as Millie was much less impressive, an overly flirty one-dimensional take. And Samuel L. Jackson was almost getting paid twice for the role he played in “Unbreakable,” except here his character has the weapons and the strength to really fight the heroes.

Many people also seem to want more back-story and explainations for the science behind his ability to teleport. Yet don’t the backstories in most movies like this make them even less believable? How often in life do people stop in the middle of something to explain how and why everything is happening? I was glad that they didn’t waste time trying to explain a work of imagination. This is a science fiction concept, nothing more.

This movie, when viewed as just a movie, is great entertainment and very fun to watch. Coming into this just as a movie-goer with no preconceived notions, I loved it. I could suspend disbelief because I know how to let my imagination go when it comes to science fiction.

Essentially, Hayden Christensen plays a young kid who is bullied at school and harassed by an alcoholic father. He discovers his ability to teleport, and soon is making a new life for himself teleporting all over the world. He soon discovers he’s not the only “Jumper” out there, and that a group of paladins are determined to find and kill jumpers. He returns to his hometown to find his high school crush, and has to deal with telling her his secret ability.

The pacing was really well done. This movie moves along very quickly. It may leave a lot of unanswered questions but it also never leaves you dragging. The score is well done, but there could have been more songs to create a real soundtrack. They make up for it by moving from location to location with amazing cinematography.

And let me tell you, the sets are amazing! The camera work on top of Big Ben, at the Sphinx, on the Pyramids, and on and on, it was all amazing. For those wide shots alone it’s worth seeing in the theatres. I was so jealous this guy could go wherever he wanted, from Europe to Africa to Asia. I can’t wait for the DVD to find out which locations were shot on set and which were created via CGI or some other means.

Other special effects are impressive as well, as we see the “residue” of the jumper’s as they teleport. The paladins also have their own tools which are perhaps not as cool. There’s also an amazing couple of fight scenes that are peppered in.

The movie does end very quickly, and is clearly based on a plot designed for sequels. That leaves the story with a lot of loose ends. Still, I for one would gladly subject myself to a sequel, even look forward to one.

If you want realism, going to see a fantasy thriller isn’t going to give it to you. If you want fun and love science fiction or comics, this movie is fun to watch.

I liked this one4

People seem to want Hayden to fail bc/they’re not happy with the recent Star Wars movies, but that’s not very fair to this movie. The movie, while not Oscar material, is an entertaining flick. The acting is not bad, despite the complaints of other reviewers.

I went to see this one with my girlfriend, and we both enjoyed it. I’m not even a sci-fi nut; I think Blade Runner is boring and pointless. So, I’m not predisposed to like every sci-fi flick that comes out.

The movie revolves around a misfit kid with an abusive father and absent mother who learns he can teleport. It seems that his life will become a dream as a result of his abilities, but he soon finds himself hunted by merciless killers who are set out to destroy all jumpers. The conflict with a buddy makes for interesting plot twists, and the love interest is played by a uniquely intriguing actress.

I did think that the very ending could have been slightly better, but I would certainly go see the sequel.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2011 8:46 pm

    whatever feels good to you, my man. still,i want nothing to do with this. dunno. Anyway, i have subscribed to your rss feed which really should do the trick! Have a nice day!

  2. January 20, 2011 3:09 pm

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who beyond a doubt knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You especially know how to bring an issue to light and make it captivating. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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