We watched Jumper last night. I remember seeing the previews and thinking that it looked really cool, but I also imagined it would be a “turn your brain off” film a la Vin Diesel. Turns out my instincts are pretty good.
The lead actor (Hayden Christian?) is alright. He’s by no means great, and unfortunately he has the stain of being the older Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars. The dialog in those films was so poor that it just carried over a bit. I was impressed, however, that they managed to find two actors that matched so well for the younger and older versions of David (the main character).
The ending was also really kind of… whatever. It happened almost instantly and with no real build up or anticipation. It was almost comical how predictable it was. Even worse, the final encounter with his mother was so stupid and obnoxious that it really detracted from the movie as a whole. Basically, David and his mother are enemies by virtue of their roles in life. Mom admits that she abandoned David as a young child so that she wouldn’t be forced to kill him but now admits that she is basically hunting him down. So let me get this straight… Mom leaves to spare her son’s life so she can track him down later? Okay….
The only other really bad thing I can think of is the final fight between the two jumpers. It was rushed and ended rather undramatically.
Right when the movie ended, I turned to Courtney and said that the movie would have made a good book. She mentioned that it was actually a book. How nice. I think it is a book I’ll have to look for.
The premise was really interesting and fun, and it really is too bad that the film didn’t spend too much time exploring some of those other things. The film did a good job of showing his life and how being a Jumper had changed that, but didn’t really explore how he had managed to hide from his enemies or anything else. It stroked it all up to luck which was difficult to believe.
It was very fun to see Samuel L. Jackson play along side of Hayden, and it was even better to see that their roles were reversed from Star Wars. If you remember, Samuel, a Jedi, was killed by Hayden, the up and coming Darth Vader.
Perhaps my favorite scene of the entire film is when the Jumpers are battling with Samuel and one of them jumps to England and happens to grab a double-decker bus. Basically, he jumps back to the battle carrying the rolling bus with him. Just kind of fun.
It’s alright. It’s not great; it’s not dumb. It’s just alright. There is some language including one f-word (why do people feel that is necessary?). There are two instances of sexuality with the first one being the moments after and the last being the moments before. As far as sexuality goes, they were tastefully done, but, again, why do people feel that is necessary? It doesn’t move the story forward in any way at all. It’s tasteless, pointless, and, most of all, offensive.
For all that, I would rate the film a measly 1 star. Fun for what it is, but you won’t suffer if you miss it.