Movie Review: Jumper

JumperJumper is a sci-fi fantasy film about a boy who can jump (teleport) around, from place to place. We soon find out that he is not the only Jumper, and that Jumpers have existed for hundreds of years. Then we learn that there is a group of people known as Paladins that hunt and kill Jumpers.

The film stars Hayden Christenson (who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars 2 and 3) as David Rice, the Jumper and main character of the story. He is hunted down by Rolen, a Paladin played by Samuel L. Jackson. Rachel Bilson plays the girlfriend. Diane Lane plays the part of David’s mother.

If you are a science fiction fan or just like super powers, this is a good movie to watch. There used to be a show on Nickelodeon a long time ago called “The Tomorrow People”. The characters on that show have psychic abilities, including teleportation. Jumper sorta reminded me of that show.

The acting from Christenson and Bilson were mediocre at best, but Samuel L. Jackson continues to rock the role of a bad-ass motherfucker. The story goes deep enough to fill up an hour and a half. The geographic landscapes are wonderful, with scenes on top of the Sphinx in Egypt, Big Ben clock tower, the Grand Canyon, the Colosseum in Rome, and more. Although some of the scenes were artificially created by computer graphics, they still add a nice touch to the feel of the movie.

Being able to teleport wherever you want is cool. Using that power for your own personal greed is even cooler. Just ignore Uncle Ben’s “With great power comes great responsibility” crap. If you have magical powers, use them to rob a bank or steal a new car!

Score: B+

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