Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jumper


Everyone involved must have thought “Jumper” was going to be a can’t miss franchise, how else do you explain the underdeveloped story and characters? Jumpers are bad. Palladins are good. We’re in the middle of a war. Who? Huh? What!? There’s a much larger story here, but the film decides to focus on an uninteresting and selfish protagonist -- maybe the good stuff was teleported into the sequel that we’ll never see...
Hayden Christensen’s character is more realistic than the typical comic-book hero, he uses his newfound teleportation ability to rob banks instead of “doing good”, but I dare you to care about anyone in the story. I expected a lot more from Doug Liman and David Goyer.

2 comments:

Rashad Ferguson said...

Please Do Not Hurt Them Scream...

The film version of Jumper is based more on Jim Uhls and Simon Kinberg's script than Goyer's.

Goyer's version had a terrorist in it that killed David's (Hayden Christensen) mother causing David to spend most of the movie tracking him down.

The only remnants of his script that remained in the final version are the scenes in Ann Arbor and a few of the bank robbing parts...

screamwriter said...

My bad. I didn't do my research. Goyer's version sounds more in line with the novel -- it's not hard to understand why they didn't go with the original premise. I can't remember where I read about ideas for the sequel (it was probably before the movie was released)... something about Jumpers being able to jump to other planets, time travel and Rachel Bilson's character was going to be a Jumper as well... dumb.

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