Posted on 5/09/08 02:18 PM
Jumper was a unique experience, that boasted plenty of potential but ultimately feels let down.
We start our story with a strong start, good at grabbing your attention. We see David Webb, a 15 year old boy who falls into a frozen lake and somehow manages to teleport into a library. After arriving home, it happens again, and to escape his abusive father he goes where he wants.
So far so good. Unfortunately, its really when Hayden Christensen enters the scene the movie starts to feel a bit flat. Don't get me wrong because this outdoes all of his acting in Star Wars in the first 20 minutes, but I just didn't feel that it worked as much as the beginning and it shifted tone too heavily.
Nevertheless, Jamie Bell is around to save the day and Sam Jackson as a psychotic religious nut to add some spice. But a wasted Diane Lane as his mother isn't good for the film.
There are some decent teleportation scenes also which add the film some energy, and put you into the teenage vision of the director Doug Liman.
Overall, Jumper isn't a bad movie, it just doesn't seem to keep its mind on one thing. It feels like the first X-Men movie, a set up for something greater and we NEED a sequel. Just don't rush it into production this time.