February 15, 2008 at 11:45 pm (Movies)

(7.25/10.00) Seeing the new film Jumper, starring Hayden Christensen and Mace Windu himself Samuel L. Jackson. The story follows David Rice (Hayden Christensen), who discovers as a teenager that he has the ability to jump, or teleport himself to anywhere on Earth. Think opening scene of X2. Throughout the movie he goes on numerous quests, running from the paladins, a religious group that kill jumpers based on the notion that only God should be able to be anywhere at anytime, which is a very interesting concept, however, one that we don’t see enough of. He also struggles with his childhood sweetheart, and learning to tame his powers. The movie provides an adrenaline-filled time, when it provides action. The other sequences however, weren’t as strong. It does try to pull off several emotional values, from the relationship with his parents to his love interest, but it never really seems to focus on any of them too much, but still provides some sentimentality. Samuel Jackson is good in the film as a bounty hunter if you will, but like other elements in the movie, seems underdone. However, his non-action moments still provided entertainment. Hayden Christensen, however, I felt wasn’t the best choice for the role. He is trained during the second half of the movie by Griffin, played by Jamie Bell, who I thought did better than Christensen. I thought though, Christopher Eccleston would have done a great job with either role. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad movie, it succeeds at what you want it to, which is action, but when it comes to the rest, it doesn’t as much. If you come into the theater wanting to see a sci-fi action movie that still delivers a good acting performance and sentimentality, you may not be as pleased, but as far as thrill rides go, Jumper is a good choice. So just go in to the theater, relax, and have a good time with this one.


1 Comment

  1. The James said,

    Groovy…Can’t wait till it comes out on video.

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