Plot: What’s it about?
David Rice (Hayden Christensen) was a normal teenager, if a little shy and awkward around the ladies. His mother wasn’t around and he wasn’t close to his father, so he didn’t have anyone close he could confide or trust in. But that was before he discovered he had a hidden talent that would change his life forever. David learned he had the power to “jump,” or teleport himself anywhere he had seen before, even if just in pictures. So after one fight too many with his father, David puts his gift to use and begins to jump inside bank vault to collect the cash. His lifestyle soon turns wild, as he parties until he drops, but then he learns about Paladins, one in specific named Roland (Samuel L. Jackson). Now David has to keep ahead of the paladins, who want to stop all the jumpers, but can he do so while protecting his childhood love Millie (Rachel Bilson)?
You can tell when the people involved in a movie have a passion for the project, just as you can tell when it is just about a paycheck. Jumper is a paycheck movie. This isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but no one seems to care about the picture, from the director to the stars. I do think there is a decent movie buried somewhere in Jumper, but since no one could be bothered to find it, it remains undiscovered. Hayden Christensen turns in a mediocre performance in the lead, though he wasn’t helped by the writers, who gave him a half assed role to step into. Even Samuel L. Jackson, who can usually work magic with even terrible parts, fails to ignite any kind of momentum. In the end, Jumper plays like a Sci-Fi Original Picture and that is a disappointment. I suppose a rental isn’t the worst idea, but I’d recommend it only as a last resort.
Video: How does it look?
Fox is putting out some of their titles in the Blu-ray 3D format and, sadly, it’s a hit and miss effort. While I’ve never been too big of a fan of this particular movie I will say that I was a bit excited to see if make the leap (sorry) to a full on 3D title. But the results just aren’t that impressive. First, the original Blu-ray looked pretty good, though I’ll say that if it were to come out now, I’d have not been as impressed. Yes, Blu-ray authoring technology does continue to improve (you might say by leaps and bounds! Ok, last one.) I didn’t really notice any difference in the 2D presentation from the previous release.
Moving onto the 3D part, which, let’s face it, is the main focus of this review…well, I wasn’t too impressed. The whole movie just seems a bit off. I don’t think this movie was made with 3D in mind like some others out there and it’s noticeable. Some of the scenes do look good, though they feel manufactured. I guess it’s because they were. There seems to be a very inconsistent look and feel with the “3D-ness” and it really detracts from the movie. I just wasn’t feeling this 3D experience and it’s a shame, because if done correctly – it can really add to the flick.
Audio: How does it sound?
The lossless DTS HD 5.1 option is the same as was present on the original Blu-ray. To be fair, when the teleportation happens, the surrounds pulse and you might think you’re in the jump yourself. In the same vein, all of the action driven scenes sound great, with good use the surrounds and an overall active presence. But when the action dies down, the audio crawls into a hole and dies. The talkative scenes just lack any kind of atmosphere or depth, which is a shame. These scenes could have used a boost, even if just to add some realism. So a mixed bag here, but solid overall. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Unlike the previously-released Blu-ray, this 2 disc set is featureless. You’d figure they’d have ported over the supplements from the Blu-ray release, but evidently not.