I recently had a chance to see the movie Jumper on DVD. I have to admit I was expecting a train wreck after all the negative press this movie got. However, I actually enjoyed the movie (to a point). Does that make me a bad person? Or just indicate I have bad taste? There were of course things I thought could’ve been done better, but overall I didn’t hate the film.
(I’m not rushing out to buy it right away, but if I find it on sale sometime down the line I might pick it up.)
David Goyer wrote the script, which is based on a series of young adult novels by Steven Gould. I’ve liked Goyer’s work in the past – he’s done scripts for lots of movies I’ve enjoyed such as Ghost Rider, Blade: Trinity, Blade 2, Batman Begins, and so on. I haven’t read the books, but from what I could tell from the extras on the DVD, they diverged a bit from the books to get a more Hollywood-type script anyway.
That said… Let’s talk about the cast. Hayden Christensen was the main Jumper in the film, David “Rice Bowl” Rice. Most famous for playing Annakin Skywalker, I can’t say that he’s ever really done much for me as an actor. I did like him in Life as a House with Kevin Kline. If you get a chance to see that, I recommend it. But he didn’t do much for me in this film.
Then you have Jamie Bell as Griffin, another Jumper. I honestly liked his character more than Hayden’s.
Diane Lane sleep walks through the film as David Rice’s mother.
Sam Jackson goes overboard (in an ok way) as Roland, a Paladin determined to wipe out all Jumpers. His white hair was a bit over the top, but I’m guessing there’s a story there we never found out.
And then there’s Rachel Bilso, who played Millie Harris, David Rice’s crush in high school and damsel in distress through most of the movie. Bilson is cute. And I think she did what she could with the character.
So overall, the cast didn’t really thrill me much.
The special effects however were pretty cool. The locations were awesome.
Was this a great movie? Heck no. But I’ll give it 2/4. It had its moments. Maybe a whole movie based around the Griffin character would be more interesting? Who knows.
Until next time… Go see a movie!