Apr 262009

jumperA genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” and those who have sworn to kill them.

Genres:  Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Teen; Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.; Release Date: February 14th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.

Starring:  Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Max Thieriot

Directed by: Doug Liman

I’ve finally subscribed to NetFlix and this was one of my first movies from the service. We watched this nearly two weeks ago, so I am obviously way behind in my reviews.

So let’s discuss the movie. The concept is an intriguing one…this idea of being able to teleport one’s self to anywhere in the world. What a fun power that would be, and lead character, David, played rather stiffly by Hayden Christensen, discovers the power during his high school days, and heads off to from an unhappy home to learn to use his power.

He leaves behind a girlfriend, but eventually comes back to get together with her, at which time he finds he’s not the only one with the power. He also learns there is a group of people who don’t have any special powers who are out to kill all the ones who do have them.

The ideas were just never well developed, and I have not yet figured out why this group of people have been around, apparently throughout the ages, with a mandate to kill the Jumpers, nor do I understand where they get their resources, so the whole thing just kind of falls flat.

I guess if you’re willing to suspend disbelief (and it is a sci/fi movie after all), then it’s not terrible, but it certainly goes to low-end of my scale.

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