24 January 2017


Jumper 2008
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, Michael Rooker
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Hayden Christensen – Factory Girl, Star Wars II and III, Virgin Suicides
    • Jamie Bell – Filth, Snowpiercer, Jane Eyre, The Eagle, Defiance, Hallam Foe, King Kong, Dear Wendy, Undertow, Billy Elliot
    • Samuel L. Jackson – Inglourious Basterds, 1408, Extras, Kill Bill 2, Star Wars Attack of the Clones, Changing Lanes, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Red Violin, The Negotiator, Jackie Brown, Long Kiss Goodnight, A Time to Kill, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jurassic Park, Lethal Weapon, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues, Sea of Love, Do the Right Thing, Coming to America, Ragtime
    • Diane Lane – Man of Steel, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Glass House, The Perfect Storm, Streets of Fire, Rumble Fish
    • Michael Rooker – JFK, Sea of Love, Mississippi Burning, The Fugitive, Light of Day
  • Why? Jamie Bell
  • Seen: Once before. Now 20 January 2017      

       Teenaged David is a bullied loser who suddenly discovers he has the ability to teleport. He’s a jumper. He robs banks, grows up and goes to find his teenage heart throb. Jumper killer Roland (Jackson) is out to get him. Another jumper, Griffin (Bell) observes all this. He’s out to get the jumper killers. He and David become reluctant partners.
       There’s a lot of jumping round the world. It’s all very macho with a weepy damsel. David to Griffin: ‘Save her, kill him and we’re done!’
       It’s a very thin story and the hero is stupid but it’s exciting, sort of. And Jamie Bell is fun to see as a gritty cynical tough guy. But both he and Jackson deserve a better film.

2* of 5   

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