Since things are a bit quiet on the home front, except for this lady suing consumer electronics giants, I've decided to do a short and quick review of the movie Jumpers.
With a current rating of 5.6/10 for almost 20 thousand votes, it seems that not everyone thought the movie was a sack of crap. Or maybe they were just voting it for the amazing special effects. The movie about a boy who finds out he can teleport to places stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rachel Bilson. First off, the special effects are simply state of the art, it's not every movie you see a city bus teleported to a desert out of the thin air. Unfortunately, that is pretty much the only good thing about the movie.
Hayden Christensen reprises his role as the Jedi gone wrong from Star Wars, specifically his lack of acting skills, and Samuel L. Jackson has wasted his considerable talent on a lackluster film. Rachel Bilson graces the screen with her presence, having mainly been on TV shows such as the O.C and appearances on the show Chuck. There is a feeling of discordance within the movie, and I don't mean that in a good way. The events seem haphazardly thrown together with no real sense of flow, and the ending is particularly bad. I won't spoil it, but needless to say, it was quite unfulfilling.
There is a hasty explanation for the basis of the movie of why the Paladins have been so hell-bent on chasing after the 'Jumpers', and the only redeeming factor is the interesting camera angles on exotic locations such as the top of a desert mesa, and the coliseum. Having read all three novels that Jumpers is supposedly based on, the writing wasn't stellar by any means, but definitely enjoyable. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the movie.
So my advice? Watch it on big screen cinemas if it's still showing purely to enjoy the stellar special effects, and close your mind off to the ridiculous storyline and crappy acting on the part of Hayden Christensen and you'll leave moderately satisfied. Otherwise, rent it out on DVD, or god forbid, download it using P2P services.