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Jumper

December 31, 2010

Jumper (2008)
Director: Doug Liman
Actors: Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell

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Synopsis: David Rice (Hayden Christensen) acquires the gift of teleportation. He finds his very existence though under attack from enemies trying to rid the world of people with his power.

ReviewJumper is a film in possession of a great initial concept – a young man acquires the gift of teleportation – but ends up going nowhere (pun intended) with it, in terms of narrative intrigue or character development. The two obvious ports of call for director Doug Liman would have been to make the story an unabashed ‘boy’s own’ adventure, full of lots of exotic locations and exciting chase scenes, or to make the film a more cerebral endeavour – using the teleportation idea as a means to explore more complex notions of moral responsibility and emotional dislocation. In the end, Liman straddles his narrative somewhere in the middle as his hero, played by Hayden Christensen, battles boring villains, and whose major hang-up involves trying to win the affection of childhood sweetheart Rachel Bilson. Christopher Nolan’s recent Inception offers proof that high concepts, entertaining narratives and thought-provoking themes need not be mutually exclusive bedfellows, and with a bit more care in the development process, perhaps Jumper could have reached those heights….(December 2010)

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