Jumper

February 14th, 2008








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Jumper

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Plot
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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.9/10 (105,658 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Doug Liman

Stars: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell

Storyline
David Rice is a high school student in Ann Arbor, abandoned by his mother at five, enamored with Millie, a fellow student, and picked on by at least one classmate. On a winter's day, while about to drown, he discovers he can transport himself instantaneously to anyplace on earth. He leaves town, goes to New York City, robs a bank vault, and comes to the attention of a shadowy group of government hunters. Eight years later, the hunters, led by the murderous Roland, get a fix on David. He heads home, searches out Millie, invites her to travel with him, and only later realizes that Roland and his crew are seriously deadly. Is everyone close to David in danger?

Writers: David S. Goyer, Jim Uhls

Cast:
Hayden Christensen - David Rice
Jamie Bell - Griffin
Rachel Bilson - Millie
Diane Lane - Mary Rice
Samuel L. Jackson - Roland
Michael Rooker - William Rice
AnnaSophia Robb - Young Millie (as Annasophia Robb)
Max Thieriot - Young David
Jesse James - Young Mark
Tom Hulce - Mr. Bowker
Kristen Stewart - Sophie
Teddy Dunn - Mark Kobold
Barbara Garrick - Ellen
Michael Winther - Day Bank Manager
Massimiliano Pazzaglia - Italian Desk Cop

Taglines: Anywhere. Anything. Instantly.

Release Date: 14 February 2008

Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $32,092,991 (USA) (17 February 2008) (3428 Screens)

Gross: $80,170,146 (USA) (6 July 2008)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Eminem reportedly turned down an offer to star in the lead role. But an MTV report quoted director Doug Liman saying that his plan to have Eminem in the movie was dropped right after he met Hayden Christensen.

Goofs:
Continuity: When David teleports to the school library while his father is trying to open the door, his father closes the bedroom door when he leaves. When David teleports back to the room, the bedroom door is open, and David closes it again.

Quotes:
[first lines]
David Rice: Let me tell you about my day so far. Coffee in Paris, surfed the Maldives, took a little nap on Kilimanjaro. Oh, yeah, I got digits from this Polish chick in Rio. And then I jumped back for the final quarter of the N.B.A. finals - courtside of course. And all that was before lunch. I could go on, but all I'm saying is, I'm standing on top of the world.



User Review

Don't miss the point

Rating: 7/10

For all haters.

To me, there's an important message hidden in this film. I feel that the makers of this film wanted to deliver a message. In this genre of film, almost all the "gifted" individuals turned out to be some superhero or saviour of mankind. Like Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Daredevil, X-men, Fantastic 4.. just to name a few.

But the question is, if we really got these super-human powers, who will actually sacrifice it all for the good of man kind? This is the message the makers of Jumper is trying deliver to the audiences. The guy in this film, without giving too much away, is nothing but a selfish prick. All the things he does with his power is for himself, no one else.

To me, the most meaningful scene in this film, is the few seconds when he watched the News of TV, saw a bunch of people get caught in flood, and then emotionlessly turned it off.

He could have gone and saved those people, and become a stereo-type hero. But he didn't. He got superpower, he use it to enjoy life. It's that simple.

But isn't it what we would all do, if we got his power? This ain't an Oscar winning film, but it got a clear and simple message. Which I believe allows it to beat all superhero films, simply because it's more realistic.

"With greater power, comes greater responsibility"? Bullocks. Get real. We're all selfish animals.




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