Around the world in the blink of an eye – "Jumper" View movies

Around the world in the blink of an eye – "Jumper" View movies

Imagine being able to go anywhere in the world just by imagining the place in your mind. “Jumper” is a film that plays with this idea. When David Rice is placed in a situation of certain death in a frozen river, his thoughts of survival take him to the school library and his safety. After learning about his newfound power, David decides to leave his young life behind and live alone. By hopping in and out of bank vaults, David takes in enough money to lead a rather lavish lifestyle, hopping around the world in the blink of an eye.

When a group of jump hunters known as the Paladins come looking for David (Hayden Christianson – “Star Wars”), David returns home to find his childhood sweetheart Millie (Rachel Bilson – “The OC”). Millie and David immediately hit it off again and ended up taking a vacation to Italy. While there, the Paladins return, led by Roland (Samuel L. Jackson – “Star Wars”). While on the run from the Paladins, David realizes he’s not the only jumper when he meets Griffin. David is forced to leave Italy suddenly and must admit to Millie who he really is. The paladins continue to follow David and Griffin, and David must make the choice of continuing to run and hide or face Griffin against their common enemy.

“Jumper” tells an interesting story about the limits of rights. According to the Paladins, they believe that the Jumpers must be stopped because no one but God has the right to be wherever they want at a moment’s notice and do whatever they want without consequence. They believe that all jumpers will eventually become evil and abuse their powers. David tries to tell Roland that he is different and that being born with this power does not predispose him to negative things.

The special effects in “Jumper” are quite impressive. David and Griffin travel to different destinations and the visualization of the jump streams really captures the essence of the power that the jumpers possess.

Where “Jumper” falls short, however, is in the plot. It takes almost half the movie to learn who the paladins are, and the ideology they espouse isn’t really discussed, it’s as detailed as it could be. Probably one of the biggest tragedies of the plot is the relationship between David and one of the other paladins (whose identity gives away much of the story). The director dropped plenty of hints about future interactions between these two characters, but when they finally do, it’s not as satisfying a conclusion as it could have been.

Overall, “Jumper” is a good escape movie. It allows the viewer to imagine a lifestyle like David and get caught up in an action-packed story. Although there are a few flaws in the plot, the action and special effects make the film worth watching.

Grade: B-

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