Jumper

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Product Overview

The science fiction thriller leaps into a new realm with jumper, which begins the epic adventures of a man who discovers that he possesses the exhilarating ability to instantly teleport anywhere in the world he can imagine.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 207901806
UPC 024543519546
UPC 14 00024543519546
Format DVD
Release Date 6/10/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Based On A Novel
Egypt
New York City
Science-Fiction
Teenage
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note Based on Steven Gould's critically acclaimed novel, JUMPER leaps onto the screen courtesy of director Doug Liman. David (Hayden Christiansen) has inexplicably been given the power to teleport himself, or jump. He can jump into a bank vault, then to the top of the Sphinx, then back to his luxury Manhattan apartment. But despite all his power, he still misses his childhood love, Millie (Rachel Bilson, THE O.C.). When the opportunity arises, David jets off to Rome with Millie, but it's not all romance in the Italian city. David's unique abilities place him in the middle of a war between the jumpers and the paladins, a secretive group intent on hunting down the teleporters. Led by Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), the paladins track David and fellow jumper Griffin (Jamie Bell) across the world, and Millie may be caught in the crossfire.^JUMPER moves as fast as its teleporting hero, condensing the novel into a slim, action-packed offering. The slick special effects and impressive locations are certainly on par with Liman's previous work in THE BOURNE IDENTITY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH, but JUMPER bears a closer resemblance to comic book adaptations. Like Spider-man and most other costume-clad protagonists with unearthly abilities, David grapples with his newfound talents. But unlike his tights-and-cape-wearing brethren, David doesn't use his ability for the greater good. Instead, it gets him piles of money and, perhaps, the girl he's been dreaming of since he was five years old. Though most action films are driven by the struggle between good and evil, JUMPER interestingly offers up a central character who lies somewhere in the middle. Slightly less ambiguous is the film's ending that leaves the option for a sequel completely open.
Reviews
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "JUMPER is an invigorating, grin-inducing cine-frappe, cool and refreshing....Christensen delivers in JUMPER." 04/01/2008 p.52
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Jumping effect...is faultlessly executed -- a sort of hazy implosion that leaves a sphere of destruction around it..." 04/01/2008 p.48
Directors
Doug Liman
Actors
Hayden Christensen
Rachel Bilson
Samuel L. Jackson
Jamie Bell
Cast & Crew
AnnaSophia Robb - Actor
Barry Peterson - Cinematographer
David S. Goyer, et. al. - Screenplay
Diane Lane - Actor
Doug Liman - Director
Elinor Rose Galbraith, et. al. - Art Director
Hayden Christensen - Actor
Jamie Bell - Actor
John Powell - Original Music By
Lucas Foster - Producer
Marc S. Fischer - Executive Producer
Michael Rooker - Actor
Oliver Scholl - Production Designer
Rachel Bilson - Actor
Saar Klein, et. al. - Editor
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Steven Gould - Based On Novel By
Tom Hulce - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 2251954
UPC 00024543519546
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 88 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Talk about disappointing. Director Doug Liman exuded style and cool in Swingers, Go and The Bourne Identity. He lost his way in the star bloat of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and now his mojo is buried in this amped-up sci-fi chase flick. It took three screenwriters to turn Steven Gould's novel into an unholy mess. Hayden Christensen, the kiss of death in movies since giving us the nightmare wimp version of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, does a lot of posing as David Rice, called Rice Bowl by the bullies of his neighborhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan. David can jump (teleport) himself anywhere in the world, which allows Christensen to pose on the clock face of Big Ben, have lunch on top of a pyramid and rob a bank for quick cash. Hey, he leaves IOUs. Samuel L. Jackson, in scary white hair, wants to kill him. His girlfriend (Rachel Bilson, looking eager to jump back to The O.C.) wants to screw him between jumps. And Jamie Bell, the film's saving grace as a fellow jumper, wants to save him. Got that? It's not worth getting. Everything goes by in a blur. After eighty-eight incomprehensible minutes, all I wanted was for Liman to jump back in time and make Jumper go away.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review One of the reasons superhero comics so often get held in contempt is because the shallowest (and commonest) ones are wish-fulfillment fantasies for adolescent boys, and adolescent boys tend to be pretty unnuanced, id-driven critters. For instance, they should be pretty pleased with Jumper, a naked power fantasy in which an ordinary kid abruptly gains a super-ability, quickly followed by wealth, ultimate freedom, no-strings sex, and the panting admiration of his hot dream-girl...First seen standing atop the Sphinx in Egypt and boasting to the audience about how he used to be "a normal person, a chump, just like you," Hayden Christensen plays a mildly dorky kid who discovers he can teleport...Those scenes are easily the best part of Jumper: They're unlimited by logic or physics, which makes them dynamic and unpredictable, and Liman brings them off well, with a lot of literal flash and bang. But no exciting action can cover the film's profound shallowness and repulsive attitude toward everyone but Christensen...a good chunk of the film is devoted to him easily impressing his high-school crush object Rachel Bilson, who's less a character than a bright-eyed mirror for his awesomeness. Come to think of it, maybe adolescent boys won't like Jumper after all; its irritating protagonist is more school bully than underdog hero.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Jackson,Samuel L.
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun There's enough kinetic energy in Jumper to light a thousand houses.
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Liman applies the same frenetic approach to action scenes that made "The Bourne Identity" such an engaging and exciting affair.
Olly Richards, Empire ...packs some cracking action into its brief running time and lays foundations on which a great franchise could be built.

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