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"Jumper" (Blu-ray)

movie-jumper.jpgSynopsis

David Rice (Christensen) suffers a near-death experience and then finds that he can teleport himself anywhere when he accidentally teleports himself away from the accident.

Because he lives in a broken home, he runs away, teleports himself into a bank vault, and then out again - but with bags full of money. He sets himself up in a nice apartment, and lives the good life for a change.

Unfortunately, he is not the only teleporter in the world, and there is a group of hunters, called the Paladins, that want to destroy them for religious reasons. They think that only God should have the powers that the teleporters have, not humans.

Roland (Jackson), the chief Paladin, locates David, and David only narrowly escapes. So, for the rest of the story, David and his longtime girlfriend are chased all over the world.

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 35 Mbps
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Directed by Doug Liman
  • Starring Hayden Christensen, Jaime Bell, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Teleportation and time travel are probably our strongest scientific fantasies. Jumper does a reasonable job, but it could have been so much more.

Technical

The entire movie is full of special effects, so a high bit rate (35 Mbps) had to be used. However, the image just does not look very sharp. If someone had said it was SD rather than HD, I might have believed him. Perhaps just high frequency filtering here so the live action would match the special effects overlays, but whatever it was, the picture suffered.

Extras

These include a director's commentary, making of, deleted scenes, and other things.