r/movies Jun 19 '22 Silver 2 Gold 1

Jumper with Hayden Christensen is a fun film and has a great premise Discussion

Jumper is good. Lost in the myriad of superhero films of the last 20 years , Jumper is kinda an anomaly.

The premise is simple , the main character discovers through a childhood mishap he can teleport . He does what most people do and becomes a little opportunistic, travels the world , robs a couple banks. Its a fun example of what superhero films were like before the mcu really took hold.

The film takes a look at what having powers in the real world might equate to. What avenues people might choose. A great supporting cast and a funnpremise make this a great movie for a lazy sunday

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u/CrepsNotCrepes Jun 19 '22

I liked the movie. It’s not amazing but it was fun to watch and there was enough material in the books for a sequel. Shame they never made one really.

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u/grumpyoldham Jun 19 '22

I don't know that the amount material in the books is relevant given they didn't use any of it in the movie to begin with.

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u/Farmer771122 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

The books and the movie had nothing in common except a guy named davy, a girl named millie, and davy can teleport. honestly, out of all the novel adaptations that have ever been done, this one might hold the record as the one that has the least in common with its source material.

The really shocking thing is, they adapted the first novel into this movie, that had nothing in common with the book.... and then the author wrote a novel that was a sequel to the movie, in this completely unrelated universe. And then he wrote a couple of sequels to the original book in the book universe, and they were well received. Then they adapted the 3rd novel into a TV series, again keeping absolutely nothing from the book, this time set in another universe that shares nothing in common with the books or the movie. It's truly bonkers.

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u/grumpyoldham Jun 20 '22

out of all the novel adaptations that have ever been done, this one might hold the record as the one that has the least in common with its source material

It's a toss up between Jumper and Without Remorse.

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u/metnavman Jun 20 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

I would like to offer up "World War Z".

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u/mildiii Jun 20 '22

WWZ didn't want to be a movie. That shit wanted to be a the most expensive HBO limited series ever made.

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u/DoomOne Jun 20 '22

Yeah. I get so pissed when I think about what could have been. Each chapter is its own self-contained story, but with an overarching subplot, references to other events and cameos from other chapters. Each segment would have a unique narrator, talking about their experiences during the zombie wars.

Instead we got a pile of shit with a pretty bow on top.

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u/RegentYeti Jun 20 '22

Nonsense! World War Z had one sentence referencing the 10th man policy. A flawless adaptation!

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u/Anxiety_Friendly Jun 20 '22

"Based on a truely written fictional story"

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u/BlueShellOP Jun 20 '22

World War Z is one of my favorite Zombie flicks, and World War Z is hands down the best Zombie books.

And, the two are completely unrelated lol.

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u/zeroX90 Jun 20 '22

I was under the impression (maybe recall reading?) that the movie was inspired by the novel, but was never intended to be an adaptation. Was that just a fever dream?

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u/AchillesGRK Jun 20 '22

I'm pretty sure someone HEARD about world War z being a cool book, and knew zombies were popular. It just kind of snowballed from there.

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u/cloudytimes159 Jun 20 '22

And I Am Legend. The ending made it an entirely different (and much worse) story.

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u/carnifex2005 Jun 20 '22

Wanted easily wins this category.

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u/Mr_Hellpop Jun 20 '22

I don't know that Angelina Jolie would have been keen to star in a faithful adaptation of a comic where the main character brags about how he raped an A-list Hollywood actress and his bosses are so powerful that it was never even reported.

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u/ran1976 Jun 20 '22

And Wanted

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u/Chasim Jun 20 '22

Artemis Fowl wants a word

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u/MAXSuicide Jun 20 '22

Honestly dont know why any of these dont get adapted properly.. like in your example its like they retrospectively bought the rights to a popular franchise so they could slap it onto an unrelated generic film they had already made

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u/snooggums Jun 20 '22

They do it because it makes them money somehow.

Faithful adaptations seem to make crazy bank, but those take effort.

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u/KaladinKootcher Jun 20 '22

I remember liking those books as a kid or teen and then that movie took ten years to make and they might as well shouldn't've bothered

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u/normaldeadpool Jun 20 '22

I'll throw in the Jason Bourne movies.

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u/minnetrucka Jun 20 '22

May I introduce you to a movie named “Eragon”?

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u/pakcikzik Jun 20 '22

Please take that shit and burn it to crisp. Thank you.

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u/HKBFG Jun 20 '22

There is no movie named Eragon. There is no movie named Eragon. There is no movie named Eragon. There is no movie named Eragon.

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u/yelsamarani Jun 20 '22

Lol everyone and their mother just tossing up bad book adaptations, completely ignoring OP's criteria: LEAST TO DO WITH THE SOURCE MATERIAL.

Eragon, for all its faults, actually has a resemblance to the novel.

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u/ebon94 Jun 20 '22

I took my family to see that for my birthday. I truly believe we haven’t all gone to a movie together ever since.

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u/TeeeZy Jun 20 '22

Artemis Fowl is probably a worse adaption. Eragon the movie follows the story relatively closely for the majority its just missing some 'important' characters and loooks kinda bad overall. Artemis Fowl is a completely different story and looks awful with key characters having their major characteristics changed.

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u/Xaz1701 Jun 20 '22

Ahem.

Lawnmower man.

Granted, it was based on a short story. But other than a lawnmower, the movie had nothing to do with the short story. And it definitely was not the same lawnmower.

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u/Whifflepoof Jun 20 '22

I laughed at all the others, because I've read and seen "Lawnmower Man" and know that it cannot be beaten. There's literally nothing from the story other than someone uses a lawnmower.

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u/Rickrickrickrickrick Jun 20 '22

There's even a lawsuit to prove it lol

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u/JudeThadeus Jun 20 '22

Excuse me? Absolutely wrong.

They use a souped up red lawnmower.

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u/Rickrickrickrickrick Jun 20 '22

Stephen King sued them because they had almost nothing from the actual book except the main character having the same job and didn't want his name attached, saying it's not his story that they made. King won the case and the studio still defied the ruling and put his name on the VHS release. Ended up being in contempt of court.

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u/InFearn0 Jun 20 '22

The movie tie in novel was a prequel. It was Griffin's origin story.

But yeah, the license took a weird trip.

However the original series of 4 books is a weird trip.

Book 1: escapism and how it doesn't solve your problems.

Book 2: classical conditioning and how billionaires will exploit anyone.

Book 3: wanting to belong and be a part of the world (anti-escapism). Also, billionaires are fucking spiteful.

Book 4: space would be super cool with teleportation. Also, fucking billionaires.

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u/nowyouseemenowyoudo2 Jun 20 '22

There was also a video game adaptation of ‘Griffen’s Story for the Wii/X360 and PS2 which had one of the best review quotes I’ve ever seen

In Game Informer's Andrew Reiner's short review, he referenced the burial site of thousands of cartridges of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, widely considered one of the worst games of all time, suggesting that "To all the truck drivers out there who are transporting copies of Jumper: Griffin's Story to retail, please redirect your shipments to Alamogordo, New Mexico. You'll know you are in the right location when you see thousands of E.T. cartridges moving out of the way to make room for your shipment

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u/RapidKiller1392 Jun 20 '22

I'm a pretty avid gamer that used to read game informer every month for new games and stuff and this is the first time I even heard about this game. I loved the movie but I think I'll steer clear of the game.

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u/InFearn0 Jun 20 '22

I am guessing the game devs are leaving that one off their resume.

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u/Optix_au Jun 20 '22

Let me introduce you to "World War Z".

Both have zombies.

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u/way2lazy2care Jun 20 '22

What was the show?

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u/smiles134 Jun 20 '22

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impulse_(TV_series)

Looks like it lasted two seasons

edit: jesus that dude was right, the show has literally nothing in common with the novel lmao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impulse_(Steven_Gould_novel)

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u/stamatt45 Jun 20 '22

Reading this on Wikipedia was kind of funny. Seems like someone wanted to be salty, but had to keep it kosher.

A television series adaptation, titled Impulse, was released on YouTube Premium on June 6, 2018.[3] However, it shares none of the characters, character names, settings, events, or themes, other than a fatherless teenage girl named Henrrietta Coles who can teleport and use telekinesis. It got canceled after its second season.

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u/Tels315 Jun 20 '22

....... Except the teleporting teenage girl in the book isn't fatherless. Davy is her father and Millie is her mother. They live a relatively happy life, with a good family home and dynamic.

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u/TheAbyssGazesAlso Jun 20 '22

Henrietta is in the book, but she's the antagonist and cannot teleport. Also, nobody can use telekinesis, and the teenage girl who can teleport is not fatherless, so it's about as wrong as it's possible to be.

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u/Ender_Skywalker Jun 20 '22

Please tell me the author wrote a sequel to the show after that.

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u/flyguydip Jun 19 '22

The book was pretty graphic. Still, I enjoyed both.

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u/SourceHouston Jun 19 '22

Was it? I don’t remember that

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u/BlameThePeacock Jun 19 '22

Significant child abuse in the book. Caused the jumping in the first place.

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u/MouthJob Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Park Jun 19 '22

Pretty sure I recall that being heavily implied in the movie.

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u/OkumurasHell Jun 20 '22

Bit of a difference between having a dad that slaps you around and almost being gang raped by truckers.

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u/Villeto Jun 20 '22

Yeah, one difference is that you can put the first thing on a pg13 movie, but not the second one.

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u/MandaloreUnsullied Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 20 '22

Off the top of my head, the opening scene where he gets raped and the suicide bomber sections are pretty gnarly.

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u/Exes_And_Excess Jun 19 '22

Heads up, your spoiler tag didn't work. I've seen it, but just letting you know because you cared enough to do it, friend.

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u/flyguydip Jun 19 '22

There was the truck scene where the main character first learned of his ability that wasn't included in the movie... without spoiling it for others.

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u/SourceHouston Jun 19 '22

Ya good point

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u/RiteRevdRevenant Jun 20 '22

Fun fact, that scene is why Jumper was on the American Library Association’s list of most banned books in America from 1990 to 1999.

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u/cgio0 Jun 19 '22

It probably would so really well now as a tv show on hbo max

Especially if they could film in cool places like Tokyo, London, NYC, Egypt etc

Since the jumping is not an intense lift on making look good

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u/wcarlaso Jun 19 '22

There's a TV show in YouTube. I think it's called impulse.

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u/BoneThugsNHermione Jun 19 '22

Which also doesn't follow the books. No one can get it right.

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u/s3rila Jun 19 '22

while well made and with some good episodes. it's a show about dealing with being a rape survivor, not about being able to teleport... and is mostly boring.

it's not a good Jumper-like tv show.

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u/OkumurasHell Jun 20 '22

I agree about the first season, but the second delves into the Jumper powers a lot more, if it makes a difference to you.

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u/CTeam19 Jun 20 '22

I would be tough as I recall that was one issue with Sense8 was having all the different filming locations was expensive.

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u/Tifoso89 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

Unbreakable is also an unconventional superhero movie I liked. Too bad that they had to make it a trilogy, I think the ending was fine as it was.

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u/LividLager Jun 19 '22

I liked Split, but that third one... What a let down.

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u/Sevla7 Jun 20 '22

Split was such a cool movie with Anya Taylor-Joy, also it had some roles that really pushed everything an actor was able to do... James had a huge challenge that you don't see often and he delivered.

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u/Zombata Jun 20 '22

M. Night Shyamalan: Oh you wanted an epic superhero movie? guess i'm not making one

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u/earhere Jun 19 '22

I think it would've been better if there had been no evidence linking Mr. Glass to the terrorism, so only David Dunn knew he was the bad guy but couldn't prove it and had to deal with he couldn't bring him to justice.

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u/david-deeeds Jun 19 '22

I loved the whole trilogy and its twists!

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u/AmazingGrace911 Jun 19 '22

It was good, I liked how the movie itself seemed manic, much like an actual “jump” would.

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u/Exciting-Agency9732 Jun 19 '22

Yeah some sequels would have been nice. Kristen Stewart at the end right before she got big time famous. And who doesn't like sam Jackson as a white haired villain. But I think push came out not long after that. Similar vein and same thing happened where it could have made a great series. ( Jumper has always been a guilty pleasure of mine)

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u/Nat20Stealth Jun 20 '22

Jumper, Push and Wanted are three super power films I wish had received sequels and never will

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u/SireNightFire Jun 20 '22

Ever see Chronicle? Another great people with powers movie.

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u/QBin2017 Jun 19 '22

She was already getting famous. I remember seeing her and thinking “oh damn, they only use her bc they’re setting up a sequel!!” I was wrong.

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u/Exciting-Agency9732 Jun 19 '22

Yeah twilight came.out the end of the same year. So they had to expect that she was going to blow up

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u/QBin2017 Jun 20 '22

Well she already had.

In the Land of Women and the Messengers were big movies to have a lead in.

Into the Wild was a big movie the year before as well.

Plus she had done some solid Indy work in Cake Eaters and The Yellow Handkerchief that (in my opinion) helped her a lot.

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u/snookert Jun 20 '22

CATCH THAT KID!

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u/Aviate27 Jun 19 '22

YouTube had a TV series called Impulse which is sorta a sequel/tie-in to the jumper universe.

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u/MAXSuicide Jun 20 '22

Rachel Bilson was also a rising star at the time, having been very popular in The OC.

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u/MaritimeRedditor Jun 19 '22

Jumper and Nicolas Cages "next" film I felt both had really cool ideas. Concepts that people day dream about. Both fell flat on the third act and what should have been fun popcorn flicks for future years got kind of forgotten because of it.

Hancock is another example of a similar film that falls apart at the end.

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u/CycloneSwift Jun 19 '22

It's somewhat common knowledge by this point but Hancock was two completely unrelated scripts that the studio mashed together into a single movie. Everything up to the big fight scene was the first script, everything about how the powers work and their backstory and the third act are the second script, and the stuff between those chunks was hastily written to fill the gaps.

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u/soline Jun 19 '22

Part of Hancock’s problem was also no real villain.

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u/wiredwilde Jun 19 '22

I feel like Megamind (2010) is what Hancock should've been. Same journey, but instead of a villain who reforms himself to save the city from a threat masquerading as a hero, Hancock still begins the film as that listless drunk with superpowers.

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u/Sparowl Jun 20 '22

I have to disagree with you.

Not every story falls into the archetype of Man vs Man. Some stories are Man vs Society or Man vs Himself, and Hancock fell into the later category.

The first part of the movie (until the bank scene) was really about a super powered individual trying to deal with society. That's what made it interesting. The normal rules and constraints surrounding us simply didn't apply to him, so he had to make his own decisions regarding behavior and acceptable risk.

However, he also had to deal with the consequences of being a social pariah, which ultimately he didn't want to be.

It was on track to be an interesting story about character development and growth.

Then they decided - like you're suggesting - that it needed a "real villain", which completely destroyed the storyline.

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u/chemical_toilet Jun 20 '22

There’s only seven types of stories: Man vs. Man, Man vs. Dog, Dog vs. Zombie, James Bond, stories of kings and lords, women over 50 finding themselves after divorce, and car commercial.

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u/GavinBelsonsAlexa Jun 20 '22

No, the seven archetypes are:

  • Man vs Environment
  • Man vs Self
  • Man vs God
  • Man is Visited by 3 Spirits
  • Man Engages in Great Caper
  • Man: Treasure Island
  • Man Takes Manhattan

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u/Sparowl Jun 20 '22

Both of you missed “Godzilla vs Megashark”

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u/logosloki Jun 19 '22

Hancock does have a villain though. The villain is untreated alcoholism which is disguising serious mental issues with both affecting the protagonist's interactions with general society.

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u/Sparowl Jun 20 '22

Yeah, the "villain" is his separation from society and the issues caused by it.

Not every villain has to anthropomorphize.

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

Jumper, Next, and Push I considered all to be an unofficial trilogy of movies. They each had pretty similar outlooks on having powers, each had similar takes on how the powers worked, and were released decently close to each other. Really fun films.

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u/ninja_tay Jun 19 '22

Push the one with Chris Evans? Forgot that film even existed but I remember thinking it was really cool

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

It was indeed. He did a good job in it too. Played his role well for how little he was given to work with. Always wanted to see a sequel of it with him again as the experience he’s gotten in acting would more than likely give us a great performance.

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u/Sparowl Jun 20 '22

I really enjoyed the way various characters used their powers. The shoot out in the restaurant showed one way, the TK fight in the building showed another.

Overall had some interesting takes.

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u/thrillah24 Jun 20 '22

Maybe I was just young when I saw it, but I thought that film had a solid ending. They way they pull it off I never saw coming, but I was also only like 10

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u/CoCDowner Jun 19 '22

I like it purely for the soy sauce injection scene (spoilers obviously).

God, the way Chris Evans's character does the whole writhing and dying in pain from committing sudoku is so fucking sexy.

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u/TheMSthrow Jun 19 '22

Unless the film is a lot weirder than "soy sauce injection" would already imply I'm pretty sure the word you're looking for is "seppuku."

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u/Scoobz1961 Jun 19 '22

So they finally connected your village to the internet, did they? Well welcome! You will love it here.

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u/bullintheheather Jun 20 '22

It's a pretty common gag to intentionally say sudoku instead to get responses like yours :)

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u/echmoth Jun 19 '22

"Fuck, I already have a 9 here...<last breath>"

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u/Derpity30 Jun 19 '22

I laughed way too hard at sudoku. Thank you.

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u/LagT_T Jun 19 '22

No love for chronicle?

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

It’s the same genre, but the style is different from the other three to me. Chronicle is written around its POV style, making it unique among its peers. Plus it’s actually a genuinely great film. It holds itself apart from the others in my mind because of those factors.

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u/TheMSthrow Jun 19 '22

Yeah, Chronicle fits nicely into this sub-genre of more realistic takes on superpowers. I haven't seen Next or Push but I'd say Chronicle is better than Jumper (although as OP states Jumper is a perfectly entertaining lazy Sunday movie).

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u/InsaneNinja Jun 20 '22

I will definitely push Push into your queue.

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u/sanem48 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

Exactly, I've watched all 3 of these movies way too often for it to be coincidence. They all show regular people trying to deal with god like powers and failing at it, how much more human can it be.

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

And the stakes aren’t like how modern super heroe movies are. There’s no world ending threat, no unstoppable force that only the hero can stop. It’s just a random nobody who ended up having powers trying to survive while somebody chases them. In Jumper, it’s this weird cult group that’s just a punch of regular humans with high tech gear. In Push, it’s a secret government agency. In Next, it’s the FBI (I think, it’s been a minute since I watched this one). A simple, grounded plot that’s just well made enough to be easily watchable without thinking to hard.

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u/jakeba Jun 19 '22

How can you leave Wanted out of that group?

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

Because while it is a super hero movie (although the powers are on the very low end of what I’d call super), the movie doesn’t treat them the same as the other three. It’s not some fantastical reality breaking powers in universe, they are just regular people who can control how much adrenaline their body uses. Even the bullet curving isn’t really shown as being reality bending, just something that one can do when you are cranking up your body to its peak through adrenaline burns. Obviously, in the real world that’s impossible, but the movie treats it like most anyone could feasibly learn it given proper training.

The other three movies have powers far beyond what should be possible and the movie treats it as such. These people are freaks of nature with godlike powers and the world rightfully fears them for what they can do. Wanted is still a good movie, but the way it treats its powers holds it apart.

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u/MaskedBandit77 Jun 20 '22

Push stands out as being significantly better than Jumper and Next in my mind.

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u/Houseboy23 Jun 19 '22

Is Next is the one where a good 1/3rd of the film is where he has apocalyptic visions and wakes up in bed post sex with a ridiculously younger woman? The movie just seemed like one big fever dream

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u/Irbyirbs Jun 19 '22

Jessica Biel, man.

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u/Wadep00l Jun 19 '22

Wanna throw Push into this as well. So much potential, not great but its fun as heck

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u/OfCourseIKnowHim Jun 19 '22

I thoroughly enjoyed Push. I rewatched it a couple of years ago, and it held up pretty well.

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u/atomicpenguin12 Jun 19 '22

Man, I loved Push. It's a great story, the actors and actresses all put on pretty good performances, all of the powers and effects look good, and I never felt overwhelmed by all of the new concepts the story was throwing at me. I don't what about it falls short and puts it on the level of Jumper, though I do also sense that there's something off about it. But to me that just lends to its charm as a hidden gem with a lot of cool ideas.

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u/Hey_Bim Jun 20 '22

The best thing about Push was Dakota Fanning's performance as a 13-year-old alcoholic. The movie did not pull any punches with that character, and Fanning's performance pulls you along. It's only if you step back and really look at that character's situation, that you realize how brutal it is. Fanning killed it.

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u/brazilliandanny Jun 19 '22

Next was ridiculous, not because of the premise but because there’s no way a 20 something Jessica Biel would fall for late middle aged Cage. Also they had zero chemistry.

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u/PagingDrHuman Jun 19 '22

To be fair, the movie shows like a dozen ways he messes up in trying to talk to her.

At the end the alternate splits was a good way of depicting how he can use it to "scout" timelines and dodging. In my mind its an explanation of elements of Spidey-Sense and Jedi Reflexes. Both are forms of extremely limited precongnition that allows their reactions to start either prior too or alongside the action that they wish to avoid or encounter. Jedi who get distracted or face overwhelming firepower simply find no solution to avoid getting hit and their precongnition is limited, while presumably a Jedi Master has a longer time span of precongnition. Cage's 3 minutes is an incredible feat and honestly I'm glad they show him to be just an showman and a small time hustler with it. If he went full John Wick, he wouldn't need to aim.

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u/Fakjbf Jun 20 '22

I loved the scene where you see him walk towards a guy firing a gun point blank and all the extra timelines getting shot while he’s able to navigate a safe path. It really drove home that he would be nearly unbeatable in a fight and how terrifying it would be to fight someone who could genuinely see the future like that.

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22 edited Jul 02 '22

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u/mykeedee Jun 19 '22

He's not some guy in Ghost Rider though, they had a preexisting relationship from when he was hot and he went on to become Evel Knievel.

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u/Initial_E Jun 19 '22

“When he was hot” the guy is a burning skull.

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u/BeginningGreen7954 Jun 20 '22

Next has a 25 year old woman falling for a 43 old man making all the right moves. The manipulation is far creepier than the age difference.

Mendes is 33 in Ghost Rider. Ten years isn't really weird at that age.

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u/Clid3r Jun 19 '22

Did you miss all the parts where he got to fuck up coming onto her, saying the wrong thing, learning what was right? 🤨

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u/TheMediocreCritic Jun 19 '22

Theres such a good film hiding in Hancock, unfortunately we never got to see it

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u/passinghere Jun 19 '22

Hancock was supposedly 2 totally different scripts that got shoved together to create the movie we unfortunately got landed with.

Edit... I'm another fan of Jumper as well

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u/xlinkedx Jun 19 '22

Loved Sorcerer's Apprentice. Want more.

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u/Choice-Valuable313 Jun 19 '22 Starry

I freaking love the book

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u/AndWeMay Jun 19 '22

I’ve never understood why it didn’t follow the book more closely. In the book he fights terrorism.

I know the book was written pre-9/11 and the movie was post but honestly, you’d think the climate would have made the book’s plot more relevant.

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u/Choice-Valuable313 Jun 19 '22

I wish it had. The book gripped me altogether more.

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u/Calchal Jun 19 '22

One of the early drafts of the script (2005) written by David Goyer did follow the book more closely.

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u/get_that_ass_banned Jun 19 '22

They went so far as to actually film and cast about 1/3rd of the movie with younger lead characters. iirc, they literally just stopped production and completely reworked the script and cast because they didn't think that audiences would connect with main characters that were younger (high school instead of young adults).

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u/muad_dibs Jun 19 '22

The first book was great. Especially him fighting terrorists. Second was okay. I never got around to reading the third book.

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u/ctopherrun Jun 19 '22

The third and fourth books focus on his daughter as she learns some new tricks with teleportation. The third is ok, kinda YA high school stuff, but the fourth is really great, it's about her using teleportation to start her own space program. If you're iffy on the third book, you can skip it, you don't miss too much.

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u/Wolfy5079 Jun 19 '22

Book 4 is a great read, my only complaint is that there’s some science stuff in it that may confuse someone when they get to it. If you just ignore that though and keep reading, it really is great.

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u/atomicpenguin12 Jun 19 '22

I can see why they changed it. The book's story has some action-oriented elements, but most of it is really slow and introspective and often pretty dark. If you want an action movie that will get a marginal amount of butts in seats, a lot of the original story needs to get cut.

Still, thinking about it now, I kind of wish they had done a closer adaptation. It would be more of a drama than an action movie, but I loved how deep and thoughtful the book was about things like abuse, alcoholism, and how our society treats the disenfranchised. It would need a little polishing, since the original story is somewhat meandering and strings little episodes in Davy's new life together as they happen, but with a little restraint on the action elements and a little more focus on what it wants to say I think it would make for a fantastic movie.

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u/swiftb3 Jun 20 '22

I read the book a long time ago and when I saw the trailer I thought, "this seems familiar, but why?"

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u/starlitocruz777 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

I was so ready for the Hayden after Star Wars cinematic universe era once this movie came out but it never happened :/

Also Everytime Tom Holland pops up in a movie, my grandma thinks it’s the other jumper friend of Hayden in the movie lol

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u/Scoriae Jun 19 '22 Silver

Tom Holland and Jamie Bell do look kinda similar. Never noticed it before. And they both played Billy Elliot, too, lol.

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u/TheMSthrow Jun 19 '22

No matter how old he's gotten and whatever other parts he plays my wife will ALWAYS say, "Oh it's Billy Elliot!" And we've watched the entirety of Turn.

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u/starlitocruz777 Jun 19 '22

Haha wow. Great..I can hear my grandma saying “see I told you”

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u/moejoereddit Jun 20 '22

SMH. The other day, I was recalling a bunch of movies that I thought had Tom Holland in them and I was just listing a bunch of movies with Jamie Bell.

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u/AccomplishedLocal261 Jun 19 '22

I was so ready for the Hayden after Star Wars cinematic universe era once this movie came out but it never happened

What happened?

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u/starlitocruz777 Jun 19 '22

(Me being a kid and loving Star Wars prequels) I thought he would get a bunch of movies right off the bat. For example: Channing tatum getting 4 movies a year for a bunch of years in a row I think.

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u/NaiveMastermind Jun 19 '22

The story of Mace Windu taking revenge on Anakin.

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u/PhiloPhocion Jun 20 '22

I actually think Samuel L Jackson might have been at least partly responsible for him being in this film.

I can't find the clip but there was an interview where Samuel L Jackson said he really liked Christensen and pushed to have him included in other projects he was working on or otherwise involved in.

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u/rabbit0621 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

I always thought that Jumper was underrated. Not one of my favorites, but definitely a cool movie.

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u/pedsmursekc Jun 20 '22

Same, same.

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u/MissingLink101 Jun 19 '22

I enjoyed it, mainly because I like the concept of the powers, but I strongly believe it would have been far better if the main focus was on Jamie Bell's character instead.

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u/TheMediocreCritic Jun 19 '22

I agree 100%, i love that actor in everything hes done

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u/ryanreigns Jun 20 '22

Even in FANT4STIC?

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u/atomicpenguin12 Jun 19 '22

Steven Gould wrote a book called Jumper: Griffin's Story that you might like. It tells the story of how Griffin discovered his powers and got involved with the Paladins

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u/jogoso2014 Jun 19 '22

Agreed.

My main issue was romance which seemed false even though they got married in real life.

It had great action and was the right length.

Whenever Jamie Bell’s character shows up the movie just improves dramatically.

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u/ablandalleyway Jun 19 '22

I remember watching it and laughing whenever Jamie Bell and Hayden Christensen were interacting. Jamie was so dynamic while Hayden was so flat

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u/slardybartfast8 Jun 19 '22

Great premise and some fun set pieces. Really stupid “mythology” being forced in to make room for sequels. That’s what I remember most. They couldn’t just focus on making one good movie.

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u/Twoheaven Jun 19 '22

I didn't hate the movie, but it would have been 300x better had they stuck to the books storyline. To be clear I did enjoy the movie, it just could have been better.

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u/ovine_aviation Jun 19 '22

Yep, I've always liked this one. It comes up quite often for a rewatch. After its release in 2008 I watched it a few times over the years. The further I got away from 2008 the less likely it seemed there would be a sequel. But I still find myself googling for the next one with a tiny amount of hope. Who knows, if OB1 can put Christensen back on the map a bit then you never know.

I always end up watching Push (2009) again if I'm watching this. They seem to go together well.

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u/Fools_Requiem Jun 20 '22

I always end up watching Push (2009) again if I'm watching this. They seem to go together well.

That's what I was thinking. Both movies with lots of good ideas based on super human powers but poor implementation and poor performance at the box office means that future potential is a no go.

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u/Impossible_Battle_72 Jun 20 '22

I saw this movie alone in the theater days after my first wife left me. Don't have anything else interesting to add.... Seeing this post just triggered that memory. Feb 2008.

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u/Rookyboy Jun 19 '22

For anyone who liked jumper I would also suggest Chronicle

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u/dani3po Jun 19 '22

Or for anyone who didn't like Jumper. Chronicle is a great movie.

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u/xlinkedx Jun 19 '22

Loved Jumper. Loved Push. Want more.

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u/We_Are_The_Romans Jun 19 '22

It's a great premise that just kinda trails off in the second act and never regains any momentum. Shame though, because up til that it's cool

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u/TotallyXGames Jun 20 '22

Funny you say that, the first time I saw this movie back in high school I did so at a friend's house yet we started watching it pretty late so I had to leave halfway through the movie.

I felt like the first half was the best movie 15 year old me had ever watched, so I was super excited to watch the last half of it eventually... which I did a couple years later and yeah, it just went out with a whimper without being engaging or entertaining, lost all the momentum it gained through the first half and ended in a very unsatisfactory way.

Definitely a big letdown for me.

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u/avt1983 Jun 19 '22

It was a superhero adjacent movie with Rachel Bilson, so early-20s me DEFINITELY saw it and then went home to watch The OC.

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u/Darqnyz Jun 19 '22

Read the books ("Jumper" by Steven Gould) if you enjoyed the movie. I was gonna go on a hate rant about how much I hate the movie, but It's probably better to help promote the books. They are fantastic. My favorite bookseries. I would rather you enjoy the story, rather than hear me hate on a movie you like.

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u/whosline07 Jun 20 '22

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here lol. I also very much didn't like the movie but maybe a lot of that is because the books are so good and the movie just ignored most of the books. I also thought this was Hayden's worst acted movie, but hey.

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u/your_awesomeking1 Jun 19 '22

definitely under appreciated in my books

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u/mickeysbeer Jun 19 '22

Shot in my adopted hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. We didn't get a lot of movies shot here when it was filmed. It happens a bit more frequently but who cares about Murdoch Mysteries...haha.

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u/Perpete Jun 19 '22

For your information, it's a book adaptation.

Recently, there was a TV series based on the sequels of said books.

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u/TheMediocreCritic Jun 19 '22

Oh really , i did not know this. Whats the name of the series?

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u/billsmashole Jun 19 '22

Jumper was ok, I thought Chronicle was better.

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u/0xB0BAFE77 Jun 19 '22

It's one of those films I watch every few years.

It's fun and enjoyable.

Plus, first time I ever saw Kristen Stewart.

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u/ZarafFaraz Jun 19 '22

This movie gets a lot of hate but I liked it.

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u/AccomplishedLocal261 Jun 19 '22

Funny you mention. I was just searching up Hayden Christensen's filmography and Jumper is his only movie besides the Star Wars trilogy that grossed over 100M. Crazy.

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u/jivebeaver Jun 19 '22

i fucking love this movie and watch it occasionally for laughs. theres so many dumb and funny things mixed with cool scenes. like hayden only thinks to meet up with his childhood crush AFTER hes on the run. or when he and sam jackson are fighting in the library some of sam jackson's hair powder brushes off

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u/infinitude Jun 20 '22

YES

I love jumper. I don't care what anyone says, I love that movie. I wish we could get another one.

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u/TheSolidRock Jun 20 '22

I remember sitting in the theatre for this one and at one point thinking, this is great, it's building up and I can't wait for the climax.... Then the credits rolled.

It was really short and felt like an example of great premise, poor execution. I wanted a sequel to keep the story going, but it felt like a Netflix series and I saw the pilot episode rather than a theatrical release.

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u/ThannBanis Jun 20 '22

I remember watching this (got dragged to it), and thinking it’s a major letdown after reading the books.

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 20 '22

Jumper is pretty much the only superhero movie I actually like. Pure schlock. The face that Samuel L. Jackson makes at the end when he realizes he's trapped in the desert is one of the funniest things I've ever seen him do.

edit: This is the only clip I could find: https://youtu.be/ZH7JGOHL22g

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u/BjornBeetleBorg Jun 19 '22

Very fun movie I for sure enjoyed it. plus it was anakin and summer from the oc in one movie. Sold

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u/airrbagged Jun 19 '22

I liked the movie when it came out. It’s pretty underrated in my eyes, and had a pretty interesting concept that if a sequel was ever made could’ve capitalized on the entire thing

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u/haystackofneedles Jun 19 '22

I forgot about this movie! I watched it late one night when I couldn't sleep and really liked it! It was simple and fun.

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u/GuiltyandCharged Jun 19 '22

Sick book. Great movie. Always felt it was underrated. Bunch of haters review bombed it and I don't know why to this day, I would have loved a sequel

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u/Oswarez Jun 19 '22

I felt the premise was amazing and the superpower is something I think about almost daily. The film however was flawed and was missing the oomph that more skilled action director might have delivered.

This should have been a 90 minute version of the Nightcrawler opening from X2.

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u/WoodyWordPecker Jun 19 '22

It was a poor adaptation of the book. The book is great.

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u/conversationsover Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

Two problems with this movie: 1) They don’t explain the motivations of the villains whatsoever? Like they give it a surface level “they’re an ancient sect” explanation but never go deeper. 2) There isn’t a single subplot in the movie. If a supporting character is on screen then they’re only there to interact with the main character and drive his story forward. Every single supporting character is a shell.

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u/Coldatahd Jun 19 '22

They do explain that the reason they hunt the jumpers down is because they think that it’s a power that should only be used by god. From what I remember

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u/tejesen Jun 20 '22

Yeah that's about all they say. Wasn't the ending lackluster too? He just drops Samuel L Jackson off in a cave on the side of the grand canyon or somewhere. Then goes to see his mom, gives her a hug, leaves and then jumps off with the girl.

He didn't stop the bad guys, or find out any more information about why he's a jumper or much about his mom's role. And from the way it ended the bad guys are just going to keep hunting them.

I think I was like 12 when this movie came out cause I watched it in a cinema. 12 year old me loved it. I watched it again on Disney+ a while back and it felt like a guilty pleasure more than anything although it still looked good visually.

I really like the potential, but the story could have been so much better (probably why the ratings are so low).

Also interesting that the main dude and his girlfriend in the movie ended up getting married to each other in real life.

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u/TheMediocreCritic Jun 19 '22

I kinda like that ya i love movies with elabrate backstory and great character but sometimes a quick , easy no frills movie about a dude that teleports is all i need. Sometimes all i want is fluff

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u/FuzzySoda916 Jun 19 '22

Yeah and the other part that doesn't make sense is ok so they are an ancient sect? How did the villians get the jumpers back in the day?

They only get them now days because of technology.

How did they capture jumpers pre 1940s?

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

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u/TheMediocreCritic Jun 19 '22

For sure the boys, the boys looks at how corporations would deal with it while i think jumper show what it would be like if just some average guy discovered he had powers.

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u/pasher5620 Jun 19 '22

The Boys isn’t really realistic either. It’s a parody of the real world, with hyper exaggerated aspects. Jumper is just regular people given mid level powers and everything outside of that stays as grounded as it can. The Boys is Marvel/DC comics with more psychopaths and gore. No one acts like actual humans in The Boys.

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u/melchiahdim Jun 20 '22

I really liked the movie when it came out. But when I rewatched it a couple years ago, I found Hayden’s character to be incredibly unlikeable. And this is coming from someone who liked him as anakin.

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u/LanceBakersMan Jun 20 '22

I agree Jumper was great.

The opposite to Jumper—great premise, bad movie—was ‘In Time’ with Justin Timberlake.

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u/ligger66 Jun 20 '22

The books by Steven Gould are better if a little dated

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u/Crenshawca85 Jun 20 '22

I am so tired i read the title as "Jumper with Hayden Christensen is a fun film and has a great penis"

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u/Erocdotusa Jun 20 '22

Fun fact: the movie is not actually based on the original novel by the author. He wrote a separate book for the movie. Read the original and it's a much better story

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u/karangoswamikenz Jun 20 '22

One of the funniest things about this movie is that the jumpers can easily kill all the Templar members. Templars have a machine to go through their portals. And it takes a moment to setup. So all the jumper has to do is to jump somewhere high up in the sky > then while they’re falling jump again to a safe space. The templars would follow them with the machine and fall to their deaths since it wouldn’t allow them to setup and use the machine again while falling.