Instead of watching the movie “Jumper,” why not look for a cliff? The search would prove to be more entertaining than the film and the view once you get there promises to be more action-packed.
If you’re looking for a revolutionary piece of cinematic action a la “The Matrix,” look further. Much further.
If you’re looking for a romantic comedy disguised as an action film, your eyes will be pleased, that is if they like such movies short on comedy and tall on romance.
The film is directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”).
Sadly “Jumper” lacks the story of “Bourne” and the explosions of “Smith.”
“Jumper” begins with David Rice (Hayden Christensen) stating he wasn’t always “like this.” He’s just a regular guy who falls into extraordinary abilities.
The film flashes back to when David was in high school. Max Thieriot plays Christensen’s high school version and gives a better acting performance.
David discovers his powers when he unintentionally teleports to the local library after falling in an ice-covered river.
The teleporting looks impressive, but it’s nowhere near the level of Nightcrawler’s teleportation ability in “X2: X-Men United.” The opening scene of that film puts “Jumper” to shame.
With no one aware of his newfound ability, David heads to New York City- a favorite of most wannabe superheroes.
But rather than be a hero, David decides to rob a bank. But don’t worry, he leaves an I.O.U. The inevitable money shower occurs, as clich’eacute; as it is, is still a good visual.
When the film flashes to his adulthood, Christensen, unfortunately, takes over David’s character.
He has a palatial penthouse from his bank robbing money, and has practically mastered the art of teleportation. He has “jump locations” all over the world, which allow him to go to exotic places.
And sure to be appealing to Americans everywhere, he teleports half a foot to get the remote.
Upon turning on the television, David sees a group of people trapped in a flood with no way of being saved. Although he’s still too young and selfish to help, there is some not-so-subtle foreshadowing whom he will become.
There is also a righteous religious organization in the film, The Paladin, sworn to rid the world of anyone with the ability to teleport. They say only God should have that power.
When executed well, religious criticism in art can be powerful. But since the subtlety needed is nonexistent in “Jumper,” the attempt is weak and preachy.
Samuel L. Jackson enters “Jumper” as Roland, the white-haired leader of The Paladin. Jackson has the strongest performance of the film despite how forgettable his character is. There are no memorable lines, no “I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance