Hyper action movie "Jumper" goes nowhere. Fast

Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:37am EST
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By Michael Rechtshaffen

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hayden Christensen makes the transition from Skywalker to globetrotter in "Jumper," a sci-fi thriller about a man who discovers that he has a gift for teleportation.

"Jumper" would seem to be a perfect match for Doug Liman, the man whose propulsive, hyperkinetic style has yielded a string of energetic hits, including "The Bourne Identity" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

But for a picture steeped in wormholes and zippy trips via the space-time continuum, "Jumper" proves disappointingly inert.

All the state-of-the-art visual effects in the world can't compensate for spotty plotting and bland characters that prevent an intriguing premise from going the distance.

Given the director's proven track record and nifty-looking teaser trailers, the Fox release should come out of the gate running, but more discerning moviegoers might opt to look before they leap, resulting in returns that would fall short of the usual Liman mark.

Based on the young-adult sci-fi novels "Jumper" and "Reflex," by Steven Gould, the film revolves around the transcontinental exploits of David Rice (Christensen), who inadvertently finds out about his peripatetic prowess while back in school, escaping from a potentially fatal accident.

Once he gets the hang of things, he uses his teleporting powers to buy freedom from his abusive father (Michael Rooker) by jumping into a bank vault and jumping back out again with its entire contents.

That pretty much sets him up for life, spending his young-adult days whizzing among New York, London, Paris, Cairo or wherever his whim -- and a surfable high-tide -- takes him.   Continued...

<p>Director Doug Liman and actors Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson attend the premiere of the movie Jumper at the Zeigfeld Theater in New York, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Marko Georgiev</p>