Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Will Jumper Fly As A Franchise?

The footage I've seen is not what I'd call subtle -- the acting and dialogue are brassy with plenty of edge, just this side of comic-bookish. What seemed like a very cool premise hasn't yielded very cool looking trailers. But, the premise is still there: a guy can teleport to any location in an instant, and...and...what? Who cares...really. I'm thinking a lot of people will go to see this one despite the cheesey trailers and bad reviews.

And, how about those reviews? Here's William Arnold: ...the proceedings soon deteriorate into one more tedious slugfest, with some laughably inane dialogue and so many story holes that you quickly lose count. Ouch. What does James Verniere say: I am not proud of this, but there are times when I walk into a press screening thinking, 'This film cannot possibly be as bad as its trailers make it look.' Oh, yes, it can. Okay, that's not too good either. Here's Bruce Newman: ...the only force on Earth so dense that it apparently can't be moved even by the movie's special effects is Christensen's wooden acting. After bringing the second "Star Wars" trilogy to its knees as the inert Anakin Skywalker, his performance here threatens the very fabric of time and space.


Wait a minute, you guys. You're missing the point. It's not about slick dialogue and great acting, is it? Think of the premise -- the guy can teleport. Like, look at the picture -- there he is in Egypt someplace. In another second he'll be back in his apartment in New York or London -- Cool. Do we need the plot to be airtight? Do we go to the movies to hear characters say words we have to look up? Do we really care whether the story adheres to logic? We just wanna have fun. This movie may not be too smooth around the edges but I'm thinking the kids will like it.

Will 'Jumper' fly as a franchise? I think so. Look for 'Jumper 2', or 'Jumper: The Big Leap' coming soon.

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