DIRECTOR: Doug Liman
NOT A PART OF MY COLLECTION
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
Only Doug Liman, the director who brought us the weakest and yet the opening act of the genre re-defining Bourne franchise, have mucked up an action film revolving around teleporters fighting a secret war with a clandestine agency, led by Samuel L. Jackson. Granted, casting Haden Christenson, a man who made a Darth Vader look mechanical; that second fiddle girl out the O.C., Rachel Bilson and Billy Eliott! Though granted, Jamie Bell of Elliott fame was the best thing in the film, for the brief time that he graced the screen.
The story, if you want to call it that, revolves around David Rice, Christenson, who discovers as a troubled teenager that he as the ability to ‘Jump’ or teleport as the rest of the world would call it. He obviously decides to rob a bank and live the life or Reilly as many of us might do with this ability, but Jackson, the leader of religious fanatics discover him and spend the film hunting him down. But for some unknown reason, Rice in the midst of this crisis, decides to find his childhood sweetheart and hook up with her, which he does without any trouble at all, whisking her off to Rome within 24 hours.
Then, it all kicks off, he meets a fellow ‘Jumper’ and spends what’s left of the meagar 88 minute running time-saving her life.
It’s just one contrivance after an other. Boring methodic and plodding, with one event simply leading onto the next, but without any form or substance. For example, there’s a scene in which Bell and Christenson are racing through what I think was Tokyo in a stolen sports car, and though it looked okay and the car is constantly ‘Jumping’ though the busy traffic, there was no reason for this what-so-ever. No car chase, which would have been an acceptable contrivance for a film such as this, just Bell’s decision to race through the streets. Utterly pointless as were most of the other set pieces if not the entire film!
A total disappointment from start to finish. The film is also a clear set up for a sequel, with obvious hopes for a franchise as NONE of the protagonists or advisories met a sticky end, but the most important rule to starting a franchise is not to make the first film so utterly boring that it’s all but unwatchable! One film to break this rule was Underworld, which went on to spawn two sequels following a poor initial outing so I suppose you can’t blame Liman for trying. What a wasted opportunity for something that could and should have been so much better.