Jumper (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 88 February 14, 2008
By Scott Foundas
In director Doug Liman's adaptation of Steven Gould's young-adult sci-fi novels, Hayden Christensen stars as David Rice, an Ann Arbor teen who discovers he has the ability to "teleport" himself anywhere in the world just by, you know, clicking his heels together three times and saying "There's no place like Rome” (London, Tokyo, or Cairo). So David leaves home, robs a few banks and grows up to become a preening Manhattan bourgeois who uses his powers to live his life like an American Express commercial. He does find some time to woo his former high school sweetheart (Rachel Bilson, even more wooden than Christensen) and pulverize his old playground nemesis, but only after spending the morning sipping tea atop the Sphinx and surfing a wicked swell in Fiji. And yet, Jumper wants you to root for this guy as he finds his privileged existence endangered by the grizzled jumper hunter Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), who's on hand mainly to snarl lines such as "I hate jumpers." If you're wondering just how it is that the jumpers do what they do or why Roland is so eager to snuff them out, well, tune into our next episode, because Liman and his trio of high-profile screenwriters leave those questions (and the fates of the major characters) hanging. It's a feature-length teaser for a never-to-be sci-fi franchise.
Doug Liman Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rooker, Annasophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Jesse James, Tom Hulce David S. Goyer, Jim Uhls, Simon Kinberg, Steven Gould Jay Sanders, Lucas Foster, Simon Kinberg, Stacy Maes 20th Century Fox

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