Cory M. from LOXAHATCHEE, FL Reviewed on 6/27/2012...
Good action movie, better than my expectations. Special effects are very seamless, plot is okay, your basic "chase" movie. Samuel L Jackson's character is a bada$$ but could have more character development. Fun movie, would not recommend it for very young kids but 13 up is fine.
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Good, fun movie
Jem | MD, USA | 04/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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 T
Mark | East Coast | 03/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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 one
Low End Curtis | Fresno Cali | 05/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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.
MUCH BETTER THAN PEOPLE ARE REVIEWING IT!!!"
Jason A. Wade | 09/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like science fiction and adventure, this is a must get movie. I love movies in that genre so i basically had to go see it...and i wasnt disappointed. I really liked the movie and had few ways to think of how they could have made it better. This movie will definetly have you amazed and thinking..."damn, i wonder if they will ever have the ability to really do this??" A must have blu-ray to add to your collection!"
Great idea squandered
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 09/22/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What if an average guy from Ann Arbor, Michigan discovers at age 15 that he has the ability to travel instantaneously to other locations? How would he handle that ability? Those questions are answered in "Jumper," directed by Doug Liman. "Jumper" is based on an intriguing premise: a person has the ability to teleport himself at will to anywhere in the world, whether it be just a few feet away in his apartment or thousands of miles across the globe. Sounds like a quality belonging to a spandex-clad superhero more than an average Joe. After all, Superman essentially has that ability because of his super-speed, and Superman dates back to 1938. David Rice (Hayden Christensen) realizes he has this "jumping" ability when he almost drowns. In a split second, he finds himself in the midst of bookshelves in the Ann Arbor Public Library along with enough water to destroy a third of the library's book collection. With a cartoonishly mean father (Michael Rooker) and more than his share of teen angst, David decides to make for the big city, his teleportation talent the road to a whole new life. But this invisible zipping from space to place doesn't come easily, as David practices teleportation in Central Park, slamming into trees while learning to fine tune his ability. The beginning of "Jumper" is very intriguing, and the film promises an enjoyable ride. But so much goes wrong along the way, the movie crumbles before our eyes. Let's take the character of David. Though he's not a traditional superhero, we've become conditioned to expect that a lad lucky enough to have unusual strengths will use them for good. What does David do? He breaks into bank vaults, steals huge sums of money, sets himself up in luxury apartments all over the world, picnics atop the Sphinx, surfboards in Fiji, hangs out, literally, from Big Ben in London, and picks up girls all over the world. He's not exactly bettering mankind or combating evil. The element of conflict that drives the film comes in the character of Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), a Paladin. The Paladins are Jumper hunters. Why? Roland makes a brief comment that only God should have the right to be omnipresent. Huh? Is that it? Yep. For half the movie, David jumps from place to place to stay ahead of the Paladins, who want to capture him because of pseudo-religious self-righteousness. Christensen is a likable actor and he succeeds in making us care about his David, even though the character is a shallow, pretty-boy hedonist. I suppose the good will he engendered as young Anakin Skywalker has spilled over to this less interesting character. Jackson mails in this performance. His appearance with snow-white hair is a lot of fun, though his character is humorless. We've seen the same from this actor before: intense close-ups, slow, threatening delivery of dialogue, and attitude a mile wide. His Paladin is a warrior, which allows for action and violence. But wouldn't it be interesting if Jackson played the role more low-key, using psychological terror rather than physical force? The film shines when we're introduced to Griffin (Jamie Bell, "Billy Elliot"), a fellow Jumper David meets in Rome's Coliseum. Griffin serves as the expositional mouthpiece of the film, informing David (and the audience) that David isn't the only Jumper in the world and providing back story about the Paladins' ongoing persecution of Jumpers. Bell has enormous energy and a streetwise toughness that contrasts sharply with Cristensen's laid-back style. Whenever Bell is on screen, he commands it. The dutiful love interest of sorts is provided by the lovely Anna-Sophia Robb as Millie, an adolescent crush from David's hometown, whom he looks up years later and invites to accompany him to Rome. What happened to "Want to have a cup of coffee?" As written, the role of Millie is meant to be serviceable eye candy, and Millie is swept up in the usual machinations of "things beyond her control," becoming more involved in the plot than she should be. A trilogy of writers are responsible for the final screenplay of "Jumpers," which looks as if huge chunks are missing. Things move too swiftly, even for a movie about a guy who can scoot from city to city in a millisecond. Viewers are entitled to enough time to get to know the characters so that they care about what happens to them. A quick dissolve, for instance, shows David going from 15 to 20-something, still living in the same dumpy hotel he came to years before. Why is he still there when the cash he's stolen can surely allow him to afford better digs? And why are the teleportation scenes so inconsistent? Sometimes David whisks to another location with just a rush of air and a swooshing sound. Other times, there is serious damage to concrete and floor tiles. The locations are interesting, but seem to be there more as scenic backdrops to the story than as integral parts of it. With the exception of the Rome sequence, those taking place in Cairo, Tokyo, Prague, and Mexico are intended to be impressive to audiences that have seen all these places many times over on screen. They no longer carry the same impact. Rated PG-13, "Jumper" uses an interesting premise, but takes all the wrong turns as it unfolds its tale, offering a movie experience long on special effects, short on meaty story and gripping characters."