“Jumper”

jmpr.jpgHayden Christensen
Samuel L. Jackson
Diane Lane
Jamie Bell
Rachel Bilson
Michael Rooker
AnnaSophia Robb
Max Thieriot
Jesse James
Teddy Dunn
Kristen Stewart

PG13           90min           2008

A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” and those who have sworn to kill them.

First, this is a very compact film. A lot action takes place in very short amount of time. This film ends setting up sequels that I hope are coming very soon. “Jumper” relies on the viewer to be familiar with the books that the film is based on.

There are several things, in the film, that did not happen in the books; most of the character’s motivations are explained in the books. Many characters are change and morphed. As a fan of the books I think they stay faithful to the story, but tried too hard to make a franchise out of this story. The film would have also benefited from additional 20 mintues of storytelling to give people a better understanding of the characters and there motivations.

Most of David and Millie’s story are told in the books “Jumper: A Novel (Jumper)” and “Reflex (Jumper)”. While Griffin’s backstory is told in “Jumper: Griffin’s Story (Jumper)”. The Paladins’ story is told in “Jumper: Jumpscars (Jumper)”. All of them are a perquisite if you want to fully appreciate the film. They give back story and missing plot development on most of all the character’s motivation. Even if you do not they are still good reads.

I’m personally looking for a sequel. I want to see the dynamic of this new mother and son relationship. If Millie character development stays true to the sequel “Reflex”. How they plan to develop Griffin, from the book there is so much more to Griffin than they portrayed in the film. With this new plot line, what will be Dave’s progression now? I’m also interested in they mystery of Sophie.

There are people on both sides of the fence. I think it’s a good film but I think you should see it to find out for yourself. The film is just a tip of the iceberg in the world that Steven Gould created in his books. Watch the film then read the books or read the books and watch it on video. Either way I think you will get the full potential of the movie by reading the books.

I give it 4/5.

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