27 Jun 2008
My wife and I saw the movie "Jumper" last night. If you don't want to spoil the movie now, please don't read what follows. But if you want to save yourself some time, you can read this article and feel like you've seen the movie - since both this article and the movie stink.
Jumper stars Hayden Christensen as a guy who can teleport all around and stuff. Of course, there are others who can teleport, and there is a group of bad guys who think they're good guys who try to kill everyone who can teleport. The battle between them has been raging for centuries, and of course no one who's a part of the real world has ever heard anything about it. Kinda like the Knights Templar or something from The Da Vinci Code - some ultra secret conspiracy group deal bent on protecting stuff.
This movie is full of potential. But...
- the main characters (good and bad... or in this case, bad and bad) are all morally bankrupt
- the two who are supposed to be in love (Hayden and his childhood friend) have almost no reason to be - there is little development to convince us they should've connected in any way
- the semi-sidekick to Hayden who is a more experienced Jumper is a jerk in the movie, and there's almost no reason to like anyone
- the big battle at the end isn't really a big battle and it doesn't really have an end
There are some cool scenes where objects are moved around in crazy scenarios like buses ending up in the desert or water in a library (because "jumpers" can move stuff around with them if they want). Also, there was a potential theme at the end that love can power a jumper to teleport/do amazing things, but I don't think it was played up enough, or wasn't prepped enough so that we'd believe in the love between the characters. Overall, this was a disappointing movie that hopefully won't explore its sequel potential.