Saturday, February 14, 2009


So my mom asked me if I wanted to watch Jumper the other day, and I remembered seeing the end of this movie before and thought I would get a great idea of what it's about. Turns out the movie was just plain, well not bad. Okay it was bad.

The plot, or lack of plot, revolves around David Price (Hayden Christenseen) who discovers as a teenager he is a jumper, or a person who could jump from one spot to another in an instant, after falling through the ice and using his powers to escape. Afterwards, he decided that he could live a much better life and leaves his father and his childhood friend and crush, Millie Harris (Rachel Bilson) behind. Eight years go by and a man known as Roland Cox (Samuel L. Jackson) figures out that David has the power and tries to kill him saying, "only God should have this power." David escapes and returns home to get away and is reunited with Millie. David then decided to take Millie to Rome where he finds another jumper named Griffin (Jamie Bell). The two are attacked by paladins. The paladins are defeated, but David and Griffin have to hurry away with the police showing up. David ends up in jail, but his mother shows up to set him free. David then makes sure Millie gets on a plane home and goes to Griffin's lair and finds out the paladins hunt down jumpers because the paladins don't like them. (Yeah sure there is more to the story, but what do you expect when Jackson's charecter says only God should have this power.) David then returns home to find his father mortally wounded. David realises that Millie isn't safe so he finds her and takes her to Griffin's lair, unfortunately Griffin didn't approve as the Paldin's were on David's tail and end up breaking through some scar that's left over from when they jump. When Roland appears an uninteresting battle begins as David is restrained by electrical wires and has to be set free by Millie. Griffin then sends Roland throught the jump scarr thingy and all three think they are defeated, but Roland captures Millie. David then asks Griffin for help, but Griffin refuses and then they fight in a battle that takes them from Griffin's hideout to a war scene where Griffin is defeated by David with Griffin shouts that David is not a hero. Griffin then returns to Millie's home for an anticlimatic battle that begins with him being restrained once again, and ends in a Library. David eventually jumps Roland to a cave in the middle of a cliff with no hope of escape. David then finds his mom, whom is a paladin, that he is given a head start and David exits the house and jumps himself and Millie to someplace warm.

This movie felt like it would be very promising, but the plot was uninteresting as it had no charecter development what so ever. As far as the jumper's ability, the jumping effect was used too much and too often I think. It also ruins any momentum. The only real battle in the movie was when Griffin and David faced off, but this battle was point less. I sure seems as the writers placed it in just to have a battle between jumpers. I also think that the love story between Millie and David would be a lot more intresting if David had to win Millie's heart back, talk about dedication. I mean, come on Millie, you waited eight years for a guy who disapeered after falling through a sheet of ice to come back and sweep, or jump, you off your feet. Sure it may make you happy, but it makes for a completely uninteresting story. Still, the idea was cool in all, I mean jumping from one place to another in an instant sounds cool, but that gives no excuse for a bad plot.

Score: 2 out of 5

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