Sunday, February 17, 2008

JUMPER

JUMPER
Hayden Christensen, Jaime Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, Rachel Bilson


"Anywhere is possible"


Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex




There is a line in this film uttered by one of the "jumpers" (Jaime Bell) who says to the main "Jumper" (Hayden Christensen) dude alluded to in the title: "You think you can go on like this forever? Living like this with no consequences? There are *always* consequences."

On that note, I would say yes there are *always* consequences! You sit in a freezing theater to watch a sci-fi film about some highly implausible plot of certain beings with some freaking power wherein they can teleport themselves here ... there ... and everywhere. The resulting consequence is getting dizzy when your head spins from all those teleporting moments shot with shaky camera angles.

Well alright sure you are awed with brilliant visual effects, computer generated images of famous landmarks like London's Ben Big, the head of the Sphinx in Egypt and even a fleeting shot of the Burj al Arab in Dubai.

You try to get emotionally involved in the characters development as the film progresses. The main hero, his love interest, his parents even the villains here known as the Paladins (the antagonists who hunt down jumpers simply because well they are abominations of the human race) and everyone else. You notice you cannot really take your eyes off Samuel L. Jackson's white dyed hair. As well as how Jaime Bell registered much more screen presence than main jumper dude Hayden Christensen. How sometimes Hayden resembles Ashton Kutcher with shorter hair.

You also try to make sense of the storyline. Even put yourself in the situation and wonder if you had such powers would you use it to your advantage or would you use it to help the less fortunate? How come you need to stab the jumpers with some special knife when you can just zap them with a million bolts of electricity?

After a while, you simply rest your case. Stop questioning the plot loopholes, the mediocre acting from some of the cast members and the head spinning visual effects, sit back and just watch it for entertainment's sake. All 90 minutes of it. Then drink some meds for the headache it sadly induced. Then you realize and lament the fact that the theater was filled to the rafters for this average movie while a gem of a film like "Juno" was showing at a nearly empty cinema.

Oh well!

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