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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-08, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Jumper - Blu-ray Review

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Run Time: 88 minutes

The Movie
Jumper is an awful train-wreck of a film. Consider that in the tiresome opening expositional dialogue the main character calls the audience chumps. Youíll quickly learn that he means youíre all chumps for having rented or bought this movie.

The main problem with this film is the moral ambiguity of the characters. The main character David Rice is played by Hayden Christensen who discovers he has the ability to teleport. The visual effect is pretty cool when he jumps. But like a comic book super-villain David decides to use his power to rob banks and party. By about 21 years old he eventually robs and steals enough to earn himself a swanky condo in New York City filled with expensive toys. Basically David is a brat who lives a hedonistic lifestyle. He needs to be beaten down by the consequences of his actions.

The whole teleportation thing is interesting. The moral question of what would a young man really do with such power would be explored further by a better movie but here it feels flat. Jumperís David is self-centered, whining nitwit. Iíd like to remind you of another movie-teleporter named Nightcrawler from the film X-men 2 who is a far more interesting character in a much better film.

We eventually meet Roland played by Samuel L. Jackson who has been hunting down David along with other Jumpers. Apparently theyíre a kind of sub-species of human a bit like X-menís mutants. I assumed Roland was the hero and was going to bring the Jumpers to justice. However, Roland is a bit too heavy handed and the character quickly descends into stereotypical territory. I wonít give anything more away about Roland and his associates. Needless to say weíre expected to side with David and a new friend (another Jumper) as they rob and steal throughout the film without a thought to the drag these Jumpers are to society.

The final straw for me was David telling his new Jumper friend that theyíre a bit like Marvel Team-Up. Thatís a comic series by Marvel where two super heroes team up for a single story.

Marvel Team-Up ran from 1972 to 1985, itís the kind of material a thirty-something screen-play writer would relate to, not a young man fresh out of high-school in 2008. But hokey dialogue is just one of this filmís many shortcomings. The main problem with Davidís Marvel Team-Up line is that heís not a hero at all Ė heís a villain. There was a comic series more appropriate to he and his friend, it was called Marvel Super-Villain Team-Up.



The waste of film wraps up with David risking his own life to rescue a girl he had a crush on in high-school. To top off a contrived puppy-love subplot thrown into the story David has to risk facing Roland and his tech-toys that are sure to kill him. Without giving anything away, weíre expected to see David as a hero because he rescues the girl and for the first time in the film shows restraint with his powers.

Iím not buying it! David is a stupid and selfish little brat. The characters in this film are tissue cut-outs alternating between stereotypes and nonsensical contradictions. Although Jackson is always entertaining heís just a cookie cutter sadistic villain in this film and we have no idea why.

Video


Video resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Iíve got to hand it to 20th Century Foxís most recent Blu-ray releases, theyíve been of consistent high quality. The visuals in this film are well done even the jumping effect is a sight to behold. When the characters push the limits of their power itís with great visual effect. I loved the auto race through Tokyo! From the trailer you may have seen David sitting atop the Sphinx with a striking, clear blue sky above and pyramids of Egypt adorning the peripheral of the shot. The images are positively flawess without a hint of noise or compression. It looks positively beautiful in 1080P. If there is one saving grace for this film itís the remarkable visual quality.

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

The presence of a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack often pushed it over the edge for me. The mere presence of a high-resolution audio track is often enough to make me rent it. The soundtrack is up to the sci-fi action material with plenty of cool sound effects to go along perfectly with the great visuals. You'll find creative uses for your surround channels and the subwoofer will also be called upon with great effect. Nothing really stands out acoustically as an audio demo-moment in the film but it is of consistently high quality.

Special Features:

Audio Commentary: An audio track is provided by director Doug Liman, screenplay writer Simon Kinberg and producer Lucas Foster provide the commentary.

Documentary: Doug Limanís Jumper: Uncensored: (35 minutes) This documentary covers some of the troubles they had making this movie. Youíll get a lot of candid behind-the-scenes looks at the making of this film.

Jumping Around the world: (11 mintues)

Making an Actor Jump: (8 minutes)

Jumping from Novel to Film: Past present and future of Jumper: (8 minutes) I knew nothing about the Steven Gould novel before seeing this movie. Director Doug Liman made it clear he took a lot of liberties with the story to make the film. So, maybe the novel isn't as bad as this movie. Itís interesting to see the audacity in Liman talking about subsequent sequels theyíre going to make of this movie. This documentary shows Liman and screenwriters gleefully pointing out parts of the script that will be saved for part 2. Clearly they couldnít smell the stink for the turd already in their hands.

Deleted Scenes: (11 minutes)

Animated Graphic Novel: Jumpstart: Davidís Story: (8 minutes) A short story that delves into Davidís past done in adequately drawn animation. I applauded it when this was done for I am Legend, but this is a waste of time.

Previs: Future Concepts: (5 minutes)

Digital Copy: Itís nice to see Fox offering digital copies of newer films on Blu-ray. The studio did this for Juno and Alien vs Predator Requiem.

BD Profile 1.1

Jumping Around the World: BD profile 1.1 player owners get extra content integrated into the film. Itís basically the same stuff youíll see in the featurette of the same name.

Overall:

The disc is well done from a video/audio perspective with lots of special features and even some animated back story. Fox gets extra kudos for giving this stinker of a movie the full treatment instead of burying it in a mediocre package. Sadly, the movie has one interesting hook, a look at what a kid might do with this incredible power. Unfortunately the kid is a real boob and not even the Samuel L. Jackson can put him out of our misery.

I can only guess this might appeal to teenagers and pre-teens. But viewers should be sternly warned that if they ever got teleportation powers like David, they should use them to rescue people from sinking ships and other disasters instead of using it to be a burden on society so they can party.

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I thought this was a pretty average movie. It was sure built up to be much more than what it ended up being, but still fairly enjoyable to watch.

I agree that the purpose for which these kids were using their powers was wrong... surely any kid that really has these powers will use them appropriately.

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I agree that the purpose for which these kids were using their powers was wrong... surely any kid that really has these powers will use them appropriately.
Or at least not envision themselves as Superheroes while they use their powers to rob banks

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LOL!

We're going to analyze the movies on the basis of the moralism regarding the appropriateness of an utterly fantastical manifestation?!?

Oh my, then you certainly don't want to see any violence or sex in a movie either!

Please...

I guess that rules out everything from Roadrunner cartoons to the 3 Stooges to the Marx Brothers to westerns and just about every TV show, from 2&1/2 Men to Wild Wild West (with perhaps the only exception being Andy Griffith! ;-), to just about every suspense movie made! And don't even mention such movies as Robin Hood with Errol Flynn or the Thin Man series or, heaven forbid, pirate movies! And I can only imagine the horror experienced as one watches Pirates of the Caribbean! And as the basis for most comedy is laughing at someone else's misfortune, I guess that rules that out as well. And even the Grimm's Fairy Tales fail the test!!! And forget setting the world's great literature to film...

What concerns me more than a fantastical plot on a literally fantastic movie (just like video games) is the inability of some to apparently distinguish that the movie is fantasy and to mistake it for reality.

At least we can be thankful that the only socially redeeming vehicle left, The Andy Griffith Show, is of such high quality!

Whoops! Wait a minute!, We also have to cross Andy Griffith off the list as well, as we would be loath to find Otis Campbell anything but acceptable!



Be careful, as the air gets mighty thin up on that mountaintop!

Personally I wondered more about the implications of re-materializing inside a solid object and of the inanity of leaving an IOU.All in all, not the best movie ever made, but significantly better escapist entertainment than the utter waste of time that was I Am Legend!

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Re: Jumper Blu-ray Review

Just to clear things up... my one comment about their use of powers was sarcastic and would in no way constitute an analysis of the movie.

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Well for what ever reason I enjoyed it.But the us against them thing was done in other movies more convincingly.

I actually thought Samual was a bit of a let down,imo..
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The thing I hated about the flim was how disjointed the plot was. One minute David's being chased by Samuel L Jackson and then out of nowhere He decides to take some girl he had a crush on in high school (who he hasen't seen in years by the way) on a vacation. I thought it just didn't flow very well.
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