There are certain things that need to be taken care of when putting together a film. Here are a few examples. The story has to be somewhat decent. Everyone needs to be on the same page as to avoid confusion. The director needs to have both a excellent cinematographer and editor. Lastly, you need to have an actor that can carry the film. Jumper has most of this going for it, except this last piece. So without further delay, let the scrutiny begin.
**Warning – A couple small spoilers**
For those of you just interested in the plot, it limps along like so. Boy likes girl, but he’s a loser. Boy discovers he has the power to teleport. Boy leaves small town and uses his power to visit exotic locals and steal money from banks. Time passes, boy grows tired of eccentric lifestyle and returns home to seek out girl. Bad guys appear, one of whom happens to be (gasp) his own mother. Just for good measure there is another boy with powers like his own who isn’t quite willing to buddy up. Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s the way the film plays out. This movie could have, should have, and would have been great. Here is why it wasn’t.
It’s not that the plot is hard to believe. With a little more character development, bloodline history of the Jumper’s, and proper storytelling; this film would have been quite enjoyable. Instead we as an audience are treated to a bunch of action shots thrown together with lame dialogue. Newsflash studio-heads, this isn’t the late eighties or early nineties. If we want mindless entertainment we can turn on the TV and get that 24 hours a day. But if you intend to make us pay $12 a pop to go see something, have the courtesy to make it worth our time. The most aggravating thing of all is that at the end of the film there is no doubt that sequels are to be shortcoming. If that’s the case they can go straight to DVD, which is where this film belongs.
Most horrific of all is the lead performance of Hayden Christensen. You would think that after almost single handily destroying one of the greatest movie villains of all time, the young lad would have gone out and got some acting lessons. Clearly he hasn’t. He falls into the same category as Keanu Reeves. No one knows how in the hell he keeps getting jobs, but he does. Even more frightening is that Christensen was the third choice for the role, let me emphasize that, THIRD! I don’t even want to know who would have been the fourth. Lets not place to much blame on the actor though, after all its the casting directors job to sort this stuff out. Believe me, they will be receiving a strongly worded letter shortly.
If you still have a strong desire to see this film, please do so at Graumans Chinese Theater. That way when your brain turns to mush, it can do so in a nice theater setting.
*Photo via Wikipedia