Movie Review - Jumper
Starring Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, and Jamie Bell. Directed by Doug Liman.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language, and brief sexuality. Run time of 90 minutes.
The acting is so terrible that its hard to imagine why Hayden Christensen ever got a job. He was quite boring in the Star Wars prequels and expands upon his ability to be boring in Jumper. Along with Christensen's bland performance, you have Rachel Bilson who has done some interesting work before, but ends up standing around and being utterly useless in this film. The intriguing part is that the movie starts out with two younger actors playing the roles Christensen and Bilson take over for the rest of the movie. The younger actors do an AMAZING job and much of the likability of the characters when they are older come from the initial impressions of them as children. Especially compelling is the role of AnnaSophia Robb who plays Bilson's character Millie to begin with. AnnaSophia was previously in 'Because of Winn-Dixie' and 'Bridge to Terabithia' and was excellent in both of those flicks as well. She is only on screen for 10 minute or so, but sets up the character way better than Bilson's attempt. Samuel L. Jackson shows up as head paladin and turns in a lackluster performance, but at least he's convincing and watchable. Then, the saving grace shows up in Jamie Bell. Jamie ignites just enough fun in the flick that it gets a bit interesting again, and then they get rid of him.
If you are a fan of sci-fi, this is not the worst flick you could be watching. It does at least keep your attention and its not overly long clocking in at 90 minutes. Matter of fact, I can't keep thinking about how much better a movie it may have been with different actors/actresses. Granted, I didn't think about that while watching the flick but after reading another critics review of the film, I realized that the movie wasn't half bad if it wasn't for the terrible acting. Thus, I think the premise is pretty decent, the visual effects are well done, the overall story somewhat messy but interesting, and the locations are amazing.
As always, check it our yourself and let me know what you think. Jumper is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook starting Valentine's Day. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for more information and show times.