Jump Into Summer Movies– Jumper on DVD!!
If you managed to skip JUMPER when it hit theaters, you did miss something. I must be one of the few people in my rather large-ish circle of friends who saw this flick when it hit theaters. It did respectable business as long you are realize that it’s a *fun* movie– not meant to be taken so seriously but an action-oriented flick about a young man who finds out that he can teleport himself (or *jump*) anywhere he wants just by thinking about it –even inside a bank vault!)
The point of the flick isn’t just that he can teleport himself but that there is a genetic mutation that creates this ability and that he has it. David,played by Hayden Christensen, uses it to escape the desperate existence of living with his father as the solo parent since his mom died or left when he was a small child. The brutal treatment by his father sets up the escape scenario and ultimately that David has left the area by a twist of fate where the town thinks he has drowned.
The film is fun, truly action-oriented and one that the guys and teens will love because you see Rachel Bilson in it too and so there is some relationship between them on screen (and in real life because of the film).
David finds out that he’s not the only jumper when he meets semi- antagonistic other “jumper” whom he partners up with belatedly played by Jamie Bell (aka Griffin in the movie). Surprisingly the filmmakers made little of Samuel L Jackson’s appearance (sporting white hair and a sort of Matrix-esque type attitude and style) as the bad guy in the entire movie.
At one point, David decides to return to his home town, practically blows up an apartment building, because Jackson’s character is out to exterminate every jumper alive, goes back to his home and realizes that he must find his mother. That’s a lot of plot to pull off in a movie that’s light on sequencing other than jumping and not a lot of narrative dialogue. What happens in the end is for you to find out as I am not going to spoil this movie.
Here’s the trailer for your amusement!
If you don’t like this, that’s ok. It’s not Oscar caliber material though they have actors who can actually ACT. However don’t blame me for wasting some popcorn and time watching the fun. It’s perfect summer TV stuff because I am sick of reality shows!
If I told you what would be the point? It’s a fun movie. Get a bunch of friends over or get the family together with a big (read BIG) bowl of popcorn and watch the flick. It’s not too bad, it’s rated PG-13. I actually liked it because it’s a vacation for the brain. You just sit back and enjoy the thrill ride!! There’s enough here for a sequel– hopefully they will not dumb it down and can get the cast back to do a second episode.
So head to Netflix, your local store to rent this or buy it (because it’s fun to watch) from lots of retail outlets and mass market stores or places like Amazon.com
Find Jumper in single disk version, Blu-ray and also the special 2 disk version at Amazon.com
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