Saturday, 16 February 2008
Caught up with Jumper this morning and, I must say, those lacklustre reviews weren't wrong. Doug Liman's films typically have a zip and a verve that's scarcely evident in this empty-headed adolescent actioneer that revolves around Hayden Christensen's "jumper" who teleports himself to various tourist spots around the globe — financing his hedonistic lifestyle with the odd spot of bank robbing — until white-wigged "Paladin" Roland (Samuel L Jackson) tries to kill him on religious grounds. Jamie Bell brings a spot of fun to the dour proceedings as a fellow "jumper", but I'm not sure what's more depressing, the fact that it's not that exciting, despite the copious CGI-enchanced bluster and elaborate set pieces, or that the script, such as it is, is credited to no fewer than three top screenwriters (David Goyer, Jim Uhls and Simon Kinberg). Disappointing.