I was so disappointed by this movie. The story itself had great potential, so its failure was particularly upsetting.
Hayden Christensen played David Rice, a shy teenager with a crush on Millie Harris (Rachel Bilson). Mom left when he was five, and he was raised by his bitter father. Early in the movie, during a life-threatening situation, David discovers he can “jump,” or physically teleport his body to any location in the world. He practices and perfects his ability, though never progressing beyond common thievery and sight-seeing.
Meanwhile Agent Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), a paladin (a.k.a. jumper-hunter) finally gets a lead on David, and everything changes. David leaves his supercool digs and returns to his somewhat dumpy home town, narrowly escaping a cruel death at Roland’s hands. Since he’s there, he might as well check in on Millie. But a series of stupid mistakes makes it easy for Roland to find him, so he spends almost the rest of the movie getting caught by Roland and narrowly escaping. He meets a fellow jumper along the way (Jamie Bell), and the two form a shaky alliance for a time.
The effect of David jumping from place to place initially was pretty cool. The jump itself was noisy and affected the jumper’s surroundings somewhat like a wrecking ball. But after a while the coolness of it lost its effect. You get used to it, and you’re like, “Okay, what else you got?” This is where a cool story would’ve made all the difference.
The plot limped along, desperately trying to take off and failing every time. David was just an immature kid enjoying the fruit of his thievery without concern for anyone else. In one scene he’s watching the news and sees people stranded in a flood. He could’ve easily rescued them, but he switched off the TV and headed off to have fun. Even having Roland hunting him down didn’t change anything in David. Now he was just an immature kid running for his life. His character never evolved.
But … I must admit, I did like the character; Christensen’s puppy-dog eyes were helpful in that regard. He just seemed like a mixed up kid who didn’t know any better.
I had no strong feelings one way or the other for Roland. He was just … there.
Unfortunately, the movie felt like one monotonous line. There were no ups or downs, just middle. It could’ve been so much more!
My husband thinks the movie was setting itself up for a sequel. I can see why he’d say that, and he just might be right. But this one wasn’t worth the matinee price. I should’ve waited for DVD!
I give it a 2/5 stars.