Jump-Surprisingly Entertaining

Senior review


As a rule, I don't enjoy the "MTV" style of movie shooting that many recent action movies have utilized, where the scenes change so rapidly you don't get a chance to focus on what is taking place. That was in the back of my mind and not knowing what to expect when I entered the theater to see a movie that deals with teleportation. To my pleasant surprise ,"Jumper" was quite entertaining.

High school student David Rice (Max Thieriot) is living in Ann Arbor, Mich. with his loser father (Michael Rooker) -- his mother (Diane Lane) abandoned the family when he was only five.

One day after school, while trying to win the affection of co-ed Millie (AnnaSophia Robb), he falls into a freezing lake when the thin ice beneath him breaks. In a frenzied effort to save himself, instead of breaking through the ice above, he finds himself in one of the book aisles of the Ann Arbor Library (a nice comedy touch was a later scene showing the library being closed due to water damage). This is the first instance when David realizes he is able to instantly teleport himself anywhere (although the film never reveals why he has this special ability or where it came from).

Since everyone thinks David is dead, it doesn't take him long to realize this is his chance to leave his abusive father and make a life on his own. The question of money is easily solved when David robs (although he does leave a note saying he will pay back the money) a very secure bank vault by teleporting in empty-handed and then out with a bag load of cash. The robbery is brought to the attention of NSA Agent Roland (Samuel L. Jackson) who we learn is a "paladin," a group intent on killing Jumpers.

From here the movie jumps (pardon the pun) 10 years forward, with new actors playing David (Hayden Christensen) and Millie (Rachel Bilson). David is living in New York at a posh residence with all the creature comforts one could ask for. I found it humorous that even within the confines of his home, David would teleport within the same room, or on the couch so he could reach the remote.

David realizes he misses Millie and goes back to Ann Arbor to reunite with her, and take her on vacation to Rome (before you ask, I will tell you they flew by plane, first class). Here David learns he is not the only one with teleportation powers and meets fellow Jumper Griffin (Jamie Bell), who fills him in on Roland and the other Paladins who are out to get them.

I enjoyed this movie because it may have provided the introduction of a new super-hero for moviegoers. David and Millie are people you could relate to, and, once again, Samuel L. Jackson showed just how good he is when he plays the "bad guy." Where the movie fell short was in its lack of details answering questions and tying all the loose ends together to fully understand the story. Then again maybe this was on purpose, so we could be waiting for ‘Jumper 2."

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