are always consequences"
When fifteen year-old
David Rice (Christensen) discovers he has a power to teleport himself to anyway
in the world, he decides to leave his old life behind and take advantage of
his new ability. Eight years later, he is living a dream life, travelling
anywhere in the world instantaneously and stealing money from banks around
the world to live his extravagant lifestyle. With great power comes great
consequences and David's activities have been noticed.
ability to transport yourself to anywhere in the world is a dream for everyone
but can 'Jumper' make this dream a reality?
Doug Liman returns again to the action genre after scoring box office hits
with 'The Bourne Identity' and 'Mr and Mrs Smith' but this time he tries to
inject a little piece of science fiction into the proceedings. The problem
is however that while his characters have the ability to transport themselves
anywhere in the world, instantaneously, the director and his creative time
have forgotten to transport in the most important element, a plot.
around a simple idea that 'Jumpers', people who can teleport are fighting
a war against 'Paladins', who believe that only God should have the power
to be everywhere at once, it is the execution of this premise that really
lets the movie down. While the notion of people throughout the ages have the
genetic anomaly that gives them the power to teleport is nothing new in science
fiction and superhero movies, 'Jumper' had the chance to utilise the advances
in visual effects to push the premise to its limits but in doing so they forget
to concentrate on the story. Plotlines are introduced and not concluded, characters
introduced and not fleshed out and the history of the jumpers and paladins
never really explained. Instead they use the film simply as an introduction
to a much bigger story, one that could be fleshed out in a number of sequels,
forgetting that if the first movie isn't a success, and then there won't be
anything to follow.
performances jump all over the place as well. After the critical battering
he gained for his performances in 'Star Wars Episodes II and III', you'd have
thought that Hayden Christensen wouldn't have been given another chance but
as David Rice he tries to show that he can be an action hero but unfortunately
he just continues to reveal what a poor actor he really is. Using the same
tortured soul persona he 'perfected' in that galaxy far, far away, he creates
a character that isn't heroic enough to support this lead role, again. Fortunately
he has some decent support to save himů again. Jamie Bell is a much better
actor and he proves it with a good show as Griffin, the more experienced but
extremely bitter jumper who wants to take the fight to the Paladins. Rachel
Bilson also continues to make the transition from TV to the big screen with
ease as love interest Millie but she needs to find more challenging roles.
Samuel L. Jackson sports a strange blonde haircut as Roland, the head Paladin
after David and Griffin. This is a role that he can play in his sleep but
he does make a good villain. There are also some underdeveloped and underused
roles for Michael Rooker and Diane Lane, making you feel they are wasted in
is an exciting premise that is poorly executed. Exciting special effects and
action sequences that take the jumpers all over the world do not make a movie
and really on the fact that this could be a potential franchise is the movie's
real downfall. With Hayden Christensen proving that he can't really act and
the plot completely losing itself by going one jump to far, this is a sci-fi
movie that misses its landing.
in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer
by director Doug Liman, writer/producer Simon Kinberg and producer Lucas Foster
writer and producer of 'Jumper' come together to provide a chatty, technical
commentary about the movie. The three colleagues talk about adapting the book,
the changes they made and the introduction of new characters. They cover all
of the key scenes, talking about the locations and how this is not a big VFX
movie but one that uses the visuals to enhance the story. This is an interesting
David's story animated graphic novel (8.01 mins)
Watch the character of David (Christensen) try and solve the mystery of his
missing mother, as an animated, narrated comic book.
around the world (10.55 mins)
Director Doug Liman, writer/producer Simon Kinberg, production designer Oliver
Scholl and stars Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell and Rachel Bilson talk about
the many locations of 'Jump'. Here we go behind the scenes of the shots at
New York, Toronto, Egypt, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Mexico, Prague and Louisiana
and see the production travel around the world.
Liman's Jumper: Exposed (35.37 mins)
Director Doug Liman, producer Lucas Foster, writer/producer Simon Kinberg
and stars Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell and Samuel L. Jackson take you behind
the scenes of the making of 'Jumper'. The B-Roll footage takes you around
the world as the director talks about the production of the movie.
an actor Jump (7.35 mins)
Director Doug Liman, producer Lucas Foster, visual effects supervisor Joel
Hynek and stars Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell show you how they made the
Jumper's jump all over the world.
from novel to film: The Past, Present and Future of Jumper (8.07 mins)
Director Doug Liman, producer Lucas Foster, Steven Gould (Author: Jumper,
Reflex, Jumper: Griffin's Story), writer/producer Simon Kinberg and stars
Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell talk about adapting the novel, the changes
that were made and how they mapped out a trilogy.
Scenes (11.12 mins)
Entitled 'Inadvertent jumps', 'Alternate Roland intro', 'Tokyo and the machine',
'David hides from Roland', 'Taxi to airport-Rome' and 'Epilogue War', these
deleted and extended scenes suffer from the lack of a commentary or introduction
to reveal why they were removed.
Future Concept (4.29 mins)
Watch the PreViz, the computer animated storyboard for the Griffin and David
DVD treatment for 'Jumper' is one that fans will enjoy. The featurettes are
very good and the commentary track tells you everything you need to know about
the film. This is a very good treatment for fans of 'Jumper'.
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