2/24/2008

Movie Review: Jumper

I have never been truly convinced with Hayden Christiansen (Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith) as a starring actor and Jumper is not the movie that will make me change my mind.

Christiansen doesn't come off as a likable hero in the movie where he portrays a "jumper," or a superhuman being with the power to teleport. Perhaps it's the character development, but I never sympathized with him (No thanks to his whiny acting) or his cause. Jumper is the type of movie where you get to appreciate what Tobey Maguire brings as Peter Parker to the Spider-Man franchise-- a believable portrayal with depth.

Good thing the movie has good locations and a supporting cast, otherwise it would have been a total loss. The scenic views of Egypt, Rome and Tokyo really give justice to the powers of teleportation and Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell really serve as Christiansen's crutches in the movie.

I see Jumper as a movie that did not meet its potential, in every possible aspect, from the story-telling (the ending was so lame), to the effects (nice effect on the "jump" sequences, but mediocre by today's standards) and to the acting (agh, Christiansen). So don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to teleport out of the theater halfway through the movie.


Rating: 1.5/5


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